Brent grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from The University of Oklahoma, and worked in oil and gas lending for a time before entering into full-time ministry. It was while Brent was working as an intern with RUF at Vanderbilt that he met his wife Sarah, who was at Belmont studying to become a Physical Therapist. Soon after getting married, they moved to Charlotte, NC where Brent attended Reformed Theological Seminary (MDiv, '10). After graduating, Brent went back to work for RUF for 12yrs, first as a Campus Minister at the University of Tulsa, and then as an Area Coordinator over the South Central US. Brent and Sarah live with their 4 daughters (Nora Kline, Katherine, Mary, and Margaret) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Whenever there is spare time, Brent can be found reading, cooking, and working on various kinds of landscaping or construction projects.
Director of Business Operations
Margaret grew up in Houston, TX where she was a member at Christ the King Presbyterian Church and attended RYM conferences every summer she could. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Business Management Degree and a Certificate in Nonprofit and Social Innovation. During her college summers, she worked as a RYM Summer Intern and enjoyed all the experiences and memories made in this role as she saw churches diligently at work pouring into their student ministries. Her heart has always had an inkling and excitement for youth ministry and after studying business, she wanted to pursue something that would allow her to pour her business skills into a mission that glorifies the Lord. She is happily married to Carter and they live in Augusta, GA.
Director of Training
Michael grew up in north Louisiana and attended college at Ole Miss, where he met the Lord and his eventual wife, Kirby. After getting married and spending a brief stint in Austria doing grad school, they moved to St. Louis, MO where they attended Covenant Theological Seminary. Michael received a Master of Divinity and Kirby received a Master of Theological Studies. Before joining RYM, Michael served in youth ministry at Clemson Presbyterian (SC), Kirk of the Hills (STL), and Trinity Presbyterian (Cville, VA). Michael’s relationship with RYM began the summer of 2000 at the beloved Laguna Beach Christian Retreat, and he officially came on staff in 2016. He and his wife Kirby have 3 children and live in Charlottesville, VA.
Director of Resources
John grew up in Laurel, MS and attended college at the University of Southern Mississippi. After college, John served in youth ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, MS. and then served in youth ministry at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church for over 12 years. John holds a Master of Divinity from RTS-Jackson, and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He published Your Days Are Numbered (2016), What Would Judas Do? (2017), Time Out! The Gift or god of Youth Sports (2018), Bible 101: Living, Loving & Learning God’s Word (2018), Insecure: Fighting Our Lesser Fears with a Greater One (2019), Mark: How Jesus Changes Everything (2019), and Social Media Pressure: Finding Peace Alongside Jesus (NGP, 2023). He also serves as the host of RYM’s The Local Youth Worker podcast and is sought after as a conference speaker. He and his wife, Ashleigh, have five children and live in Ridgeland, MS.
Director of Conferences
Joe grew up in the small town of Tuscumbia, AL near the banks of the Tennessee River. Before coming to work for RYM, first as the Worship Resources Coordinator, and now as the Director of Conferences, he worked as a Youth Pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX. He has since found a home in Houston with his wife Leah and his four kids Ellie, Sam, Will, and Maggie. As the Worship Resources Coordinator, Joe wrote and recorded his debut album called “The Risen King,” an eleven-song project that tells the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Joe has now recorded several albums with RYM Worship ("Promised Land", "Sing Over Us", and "All Things New"). This content, as well as some chord charts and curriculum, can be found on the “RYM Worship” page of the website.