Aside from being a University of Tennessee alumni and
fan, Jamie is known for his unique use of the English
language. Make sure you ask him to explain his
favorite phrase, "dumber'n a coal bucket" and his
favorite game "Hey Cow!" After his recent
graduation from Metro Atlanta Seminary, he was promoted
to Associate Pastor and Ministry of Youth at Covenant
Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, GA where he has
been serving as youth pastor for the last 8 years.
Jamie and his wife Bethany have been helping lead YXL
for since 2007 and are "more excited than new born calf"
(another Jamie expression) to be directing this year.
YXL is delighted to have Davy Stephenson back as one of
our main speakers this year. You never know what
zany antics Davy will bring to his sermons, from
preaching with the Bible on his head to break dancing
during the message to demonstrate how King David danced
before the Lord. He currently serves as Pastor of
Grace Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
Prior to being called to Grace, he served at Briarwood
Presbyterian as a church planting fellow, as a youth
pastor in Orlando and as a camp director at Camp
Westminster in Atlanta, GA. The only negative
about Davy is that he graduated from University of
Tennessee. However, his ability to make a chair
out of a piece of wood with a chain saw on stage in
front of several hundred people in under 3 minutes more
than makes up for his misplaced appreciation for the
Davy and his wife Kelly have one rambunctiously
awesome son, Graham, and another child on the way.
Raymond Causey, former director of the Urban Family
Ministry, is now pastor of South Atlanta Community
Church in Fayetteville, GA. Raymond is a graduate of Biola University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in
Communications with a minor in Biblical Studies. Raymond
is a national conference speaker with Familylife’s
“A Week-End To Remember” Marriage Conference. Speaking
engagements have taken Raymond across the U.S., Africa,
Bahamas, Australia, and New Zealand. Raymond has been
the guest speaker at several Universities and Christian
radio broadcasts. Raymond has been the guest chapel
speaker for the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins
professional football teams. Additionally, Raymond
serves on the board of the Metro Atlanta Seminary, and
is the author of the book “Changing for Good” (Inter
Varsity Press). His wife Donna is a conference speaker,
Bible teacher and mentor. Raymond and Donna have four
children: Kimya (married), Whitney, Brian and Courtney.
Raymond and Donna have been married since 1979 and
currently reside in Riverdale, Ga, just outside Atlanta.
They say that newlyweds make the best conference worship
leaders, so we searched far and wide to find not only a
gifted song writer and musician but a newlywed as well.
Andrew and fiance Stephanie are getting married in April
of this year so make sure to congratulate them at YXL.
Andrew is a native of the Bahamas, a graduate of
Covenant College and now serves as the Community
Evangelism Director at New City Fellowship in
Chattanooga, TN. One of Andrew's passions is to
help young men and women understand the beauty of
worshipping God as the body of Christ. This should
be another year of exciting worship experiences as
Andrew (and possibly Stephanie) lead us with a variety
of music styles, representing numerous cultures.
YXL Theologian in Residence
We are excited to have John Craft, RUF campus pastor at
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, returning this year
to be our first ever Theologian in Residence (TiR).
For the past two years, John has been both a main
speaker and a seminar leader at YXL where he combined
his slighty off-centered brand humor with his love of
God's word to help us better understand what it means to
be a follower Christ living in a fallen world.
This year as our TiR he will be leading the "Institute
of Theology" during the first seminar time (you can read
more about this on the daily schedule which is also
posted on the website). We asked John to teach an
interactive, college level class on Apologetics and
World View to which he whole heartedly agreed. He
also plans to be around during the week to answer any
deep theological questions (and sports questions) that
you might have. Our challenge to you is to try to
stump our TiR during the week. John's personal
challenge at YXL this year is to try to stay in the raft
as we go down the Ocoee River.
John has been the RUF campus pastor for the last 4 years
and together with his wife, Leigh, have two children,
William and Lizzie. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt
University and Covenant Seminary.
Read the Letter from the
Director and get more information on what to bring
and what to expect...