Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is a specially designed weekend of shared experiences within a community of teens and young adults (age 17/high school junior through age 30). Older adults also participate in the weekend.

TEC is specifically designed for those who are searching for deeper meaning, purpose, and hope in life and who want a true relationship with God and a community of believers. TEC’s primary goal is to enable youth to encounter Christ.

Through TEC, you are able to:

  • have time to reflect and to share,
  • encounter Jesus Christ, risen and alive today,
  • learn more about the Catholic Church.
  • meet others and share a faith journey with other teens and young adults,
  • and much, much more!

Mission Statement

Believing that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the core message of our Christian faith, we offer to youth and young adults the opportunity to encounter and integrate this Paschal Mystery at a time of passage into young adulthood.

TEC is a recognized movement of the Roman Catholic Church, offering to youth and young adults an experience of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus. Through evangelization and catechesis, this intergenerational movement facilitates spiritual growth of youth and young adults with a community of adult mentors. TEC calls forth one’s goodness for service in the Church and world.

Board Members

You can use the emails provided below if you know who you wish to contact.

Chairperson Katherine Komar
Spiritual Director Fr. Tim Roth
1st Adult Rep Sara Lanzola
2nd Adult Rep Kevin Kess
Treasurer David Liptak
Secretary Sarah Kurtz
Facilitator Cindy Giulivo
Registrar Jessica Chodaczek
Fundraising Coordinator Deb Werner
Young Adult Rep(s) Anna Woods, Jennifer Ference
Youth Rep(s) Gabby Yatson, Jake Darby, Mary Gill, Jacob Van Dyke


Community Event Organizerssee young adult reps, above

VIRTUS Records Sam LoFaso
Technical Issues (mailing list, etc.) Grant Winney

History of TEC

While North Coast Spirit TEC was born in April of 1988, the first TEC retreats were held in Lansing, Michigan over 40 years ago. Students on college campuses are often pleased and surprised to find friends from TEC communities from around the country. A complete history of the origin of TEC can be found on the TEC Conference website. Here’s another nicely written, in-depth explanation of TEC.

Also, if you’ve got some time and want to see what’s going on with TEC communities all over the country, take a look at this great list of TEC sites assembled by the TEC Conference.