Board Members

Mike Alston, CHairman

Partner, Husch Blackwell 
Chattanooga, TN

Mike is an attorney licensed in both Tennessee and Alabama. He has been a commercial litigator for more than twenty years and is currently a partner in the Chattanooga office of Husch Blackwell LLP. He received his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama in 1989 after graduating from Texas A&M University with a business management degree. 
He and his wife of twenty years, Lynnette, have three children and are members of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga. He is a ruling elder who has served on the World Missions Executive Committee at FPCC for more than ten years and has been chairman of that committee for the last nine years. He served on MTW’s board of directors (CMTW) from 2007-2012, is currently an advisor on that board and also serves on CMTW’s Business as Missions Committee and Investment Advisory Group.

Kurt Cooper

Minister to Youth, Trinity Presbyterian Church  
Montgomery, AL

Kurt was born in Charleston, South Carolina, but calls Tupelo, Mississippi, his hometown. He is married to Marty, also from Tupelo, and they have one son, Campbell. Kurt received a B.A. in business administration from Mississippi State University, and his M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary. He serves as the Minster to Youth at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, AL.

David Duren

CEO, Relevant Solutions
Houston, TX

David, a native of the Houston, TX area, earned Bachelor of Science degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science from Texas A&M University in 1992 prior to joining Ingersoll Rand Company. He then joined Airdyne as Director of Engineered Products in 2000, and served as General Manager of Airdyne International from 2004 until Luther King Capital Management acquired the company in late 2012. In January 2014, David was elected Chief Executive Officer of the LKCM platform of companies, now known as Relevant Solutions.
David serves in various leadership roles at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX, and maintains active participation in professional and social organizations within the community. 
David and his wife, Gretchen, have five children.


Senior Pastor, St. Patrick Presbyterian
Collierville, TN

Jim planted St. Patrick as a daughter church out of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis in 1998. Before returning to the Memphis area (he is a native of Frayser in NE Memphis), he planted Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Greenville, MS, where he served as senior pastor for eleven years. He and his "better half," Teri, are the parents of six children, and the proud grandparents of three grandsons. Jim is a graduate of the University of Memphis. 


Vice President, First Volunteer Bank
Chattanooga, TN

Ron hails from Alabama and has worked for 20 years in the commercial banking industry. He is now the Vice President of Volunteer Bank. Ron served as an elder at Grace Presbyterian Church in Cookeville, TN before he and his family moved to Chattanooga where he now serves in the same role at First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga. 


Senior Pastor, Grace Church Presbyterian
Fort Collins, CO

Scott is the Senior Pastor at Grace Church Presbyterian in Fort Collins, Colorado. Scott is originally from Memphis, TN, and a graduate of the University of Memphis as well as Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. He moved out to Colorado in 2004 to lead worship for the newly planted church by Richard Rieves. Scott has a long history with RYM including helping with the administrative duties for several years.  Scott and his wife, Amy, have two children.

Preston Sartelle

Associate, Capital Strategies
Birmingham, AL

Preston specializes in both estate planning and institutional insurance transactions with Capital Strategies Group in Birmingham, AL. He is married to Kristin, and they have three children. The Sartelles are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church, and Preston grew up attending First Presbyterian Church, Yazoo City. Preston is an RYM alumni, and attended his first conference at the age of 3 in 1980. A graduate of Washington & Lee University, Preston obtained a degree in Accounting and is a CFA charter-holder.

Joey StewarT, Vice Chairman

Executive Director, RYM
Chattanooga, TN

Joey graduated from the University of Mississippi with a BA in Psychology where he also became heavily involved in the ministry of Reformed University Fellowship. After college he attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1992. After spending several summers ministering to youth at camps such as Alpine Camp for Boys in Mentone, AL and Twin Lakes Camp in Florence, MS, he became the director of youth and educational ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Yazoo City, MS where he ministered for nearly 5 years. In 1993 he accepted a call to become the assistant pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Crossville, TN with the responsibility of planting a PCA church in Cookeville, TN. Grace Presbyterian Mission was immediately formed and he remained in Cookeville as the organizing pastor and later senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, PCA for 14 years. He then accepted a call in February of 2007 to become the Executive Director of Reformed Youth Movement (RYM). Joey has served on the TN Area Joint Presbytery Committee on Campus Ministry (RUF) since 1994 and as chairman of that committee since 1998. He has also served on several General Assembly RUF committees. Additionally, he has been a member of the board of directors for Reformed Youth Movement since 1990 and possesses a resolute zeal and passion to serve the church and extend the kingdom through the expanding mission of RYM. Joey is married to Connie Cawthorn and together they have four children, Ashley Grace (Wilkinson), Joseph Wesley, Hannah Faith, and Jennifer Cawthorn.

John Trapp

RUF Campus Minsiter - University of Texas
Austin, TX

John, originally from Alabama, graduated from Vanderbilt University where he was heavily involved in RUF. He then served on staff at Christ the King Presbyterian in Houston, TX from 2008-2014. While he was originally called to CTK as the Director of Student Ministries, John finished his time as the Director of Children and Student Ministries, where he developed a cohesive ministry to children from birth through high school. In 2014, John moved to Austin, TX attend Redeemer Theological Seminary. He graduated in 2016 with an MDiv. and was called to be the RUF Campus Minister at the University of Texas - Austin. John and his wife, Chrissy, have four children.