Jeremy Fair, Director
Jeremy is senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jeremy is married to Kimbo and they have four children: Caedmon, Creth, Cale, and Cooper. He is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before coming to CPC he served as associate pastor at Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church in Fairhope, Alabama and then as senior pastor at Arlington Presbyterian Church in Arlington, Texas. Jeremy loves the Texas Rangers, Oklahoma Sooners, outdoor activities, and nerdy gadgetry.
Jeremy Fair, Director
Tony Howard, Evening Speaker
Tony Howard has been in youth ministry for 15 years, primarily serving at Chesterfield Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO. Tony is passionate about the gospel and helping young people deepen their understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to grow in their faith. He grew up in St. Louis, and is married to Caroline and has 2 children – Carter & Harper. In his spare time, Tony loves being outside with his family, talking Star Wars and watching baseball.
John Ranheim, Seminar Speaker
John is a YXL alum and native of Seattle, currently serving as the Vice President of Advancement at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO. He is married to Elizabeth and has four awesome boys. John has a been involved with YXL as a speaker, director, and teaching advisor since 2005 and has a passion for equipping the next generation of leaders for the church. He speaks regularly on topics of leadership, communication, and personal generosity. John earned an BA in Communications from Whitworth University and a Masters in Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. He is an elder at Chesterfield Presbyterian Church and has worked with high school, college and men’s ministries for the last 15 years. John and Elizabeth love chasing their boys, running, skiing, and enjoying all things outdoors whenever possible.
Paul Ranheim, Worship Director, Seminar Speaker
Paul is a Seattle born musician and pastor currently serving as the worship director at West End Community Church in Nashville, VA. Earning his BA in Music/Composition from Whitworth University and his Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, he has led congregations and taught on worship within the church for over 15 years. Paul met his wife Lizzie while he was serving as worship director at Christ Pres in Santa Barbara, CA. They were married in 2016. Paul has a deep love for not only seeing Christ-centered worship in this generation, but also ensuring that future generations have well-equipped gospel leaders. In addition to leading worship, he has written, recorded, and performed music with numerous bands and also as a solo artist.
David Poteet, Seminar Speaker
David hails from Blacksburg, Virginia, where he lives with his wife Tish, daughter Rachel and son Joshua. David is an elder at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church and a long-time youth ministry volunteer. He’s been a part of YXL since 1984! David earned his B.A. in Graphic Design from Virginia Tech, and he went on to found his own web development company called NewCity. David enjoys biking, hiking, reading and exploring new corners of the world with his wife and kids Rachel and Joshua.
Joel Smedshammer, Leadership Training Coordinator
Joel has served as counselor, leadership training coordinator and director at YXL over the last several years. This year he’ll be coming up with all of our team challenges and games again, so look out. He’s a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Waco, Texas. He is married to Andrea Smedshammer and they have 4 kids, Bo, Ben, Bailey, and Brady. Joel loves to play golf, watch his kids play sports, and hang out with Andrea and other couples from the church and their community.