YLT Nashville Speakers

Rev. Sandy Willson

Sandy is gifted in so many ways, and we are incredibly thankful to the Lord for placing him in our path at this time.  He currently serves as the Interim Pastor for Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Birmingham, AL.  He served as  Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Memphis, TN for the past 22 years before retiring not long ago.  Prior to that, Sandy served as Senior Pastor at two other PCA churches, Memorial Presbyterian Church (Elizabethton,  TN) and Lookout Mountain Presbyterian (Lookout Mountain, TN). Sandy is a co-founder of Memphis Center for Urban  Theological Studies; a co-founder and chair of Nexus (leadership mentoring program for emerging adult professional leaders; co-founder and chair of the Memphis Shalom Project (a unified evangelical church ministry strategy for the city); and a founder of Reformed Ministries Network (a regional church planting ministry). He serves on The Gospel Coalition board and on the Board of Reference for Union University and Reformed Theological Seminary.  Internationally, Sandy ministers with partners in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East and speaks regularly in North American churches on the topic of world missions. He serves on the Board of Directors for World Relief. Sandy received a B.S. from the University of Virginia(1973), an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary(1982), and a D.D. from Crichton College in Memphis, Tennessee (2001). He and wife Allison have been married since 1972, and they have 5 children and 11 grandchildren.

Sandy will be preaching a series entitled "In the Ministry of Jesus" and leading the seminar What I've Learned in Ministry

Julie Lowe 

Julie Lowe is a faculty member at CCEF in Glenside, PA. She holds an MA in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. She is a  licensed professional counselor with over fifteen years of counseling experience. She has extensive experience with  women’s issues, sexual abuse, body image issues, parenting, and child maltreatment issues, and regularly speaks at events on these topics. Julie is also a registered play therapist and has developed a play therapy office at CCEF to  better serve families, teens and children. She is a trained facilitator for Stewards of Children, a non-profit organization that provides training on child sexual abuse. Julie has trained a therapy dog that she works with both professionally and on a volunteer basis. Julie and her husband, Greg, have six children and serve as foster and adoptive parents.

Julie will be teaching Building Bridges with Young People and Mirror, Mirror: Body Image

Joe Deegan

Joe is the Music Resources Coordinator for RYM.  He grew up in the small town of Tuscumbia, AL near the banks of the Tennessee River. He started playing guitar when he was 15 on a cheap, old fender he borrowed from a friend. A year later, he started banging around the old piano that sat in his living room. He fell in love with both and quickly discovered he had more of an interest in music than he realized.
Joe found ways to play for churches and gatherings and friends throughout high school and college until he moved to Houston, TX to work as a youth pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian Church. He has since found a home in Houston with his wife Leah and his three kids Ellie, Sam, and Will and joined the RYM staff as the Music Resources Coordinator this past summer. He has recently released the first album with RYM Worship (crafty new band name, right?!?)  titled "Promised Land".  This first RYM project is a mix of old and new songs, some covered, some original. Our hope is that these songs would be a blessing to those who hear them and also a resource for churches and youth groups who would like to incorporate them into their own worship.   Before joining the RYM staff Joe wrote and recorded two full-length albums: "The Risen King" (2015) which is an eleven song project that tells the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ and "Cover and Title Page" (2017).  All three of these albums are available for download on all major outlets (Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, etc.). 

Joe will be leading our worship and teaching the elective A Youth Ministry That's Welcoming to All

Richie Sessions

Richie is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. He and Laura met in college and were married in 2000. He graduated from Belmont University and attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. In 2004 he graduated from RTS with an Masters of Divinity. He ministered as the Associate Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, MS from 2004-2007 before becoming the Assistant Pastor to Young Adults at Independent Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2009, Richie was called to be the Senior Pastor at IPC where he served until 2015. In 2015 Richie was called to serve as the campus minister for RUF at Vanderbilt. Richie and Laura have three children, Mamie, Griffin, and Margaret.

Richie will be teaching two classes: POM: Presuppositions and Christ Centered Teaching

Les Newsom

Les is a native of Memphis, TN and graduated from The University of Memphis in the 1991. He earned a Master's of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson graduating in 1994. In the Fall of '94, Les moved back to Memphis to start the ministry of RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) at The University of Memphis. He soon met and married Ginger Hubbard, a Jackson, MS native and Graduate of Ole Miss with her Masters in Mathematics. After five years in Memphis, Les was called to The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in the Fall of ’99. In the summer of 2011, Les accepted a position as Area Coordinator of RUF Midsouth.  Most recently he became the Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Oxford, MS. Les and Ginger are the proud parents of three beautiful children: Anna Grace, '99, Caroline, '01, and Luke, '04.

Les will be teaching Growing in the POM, Living the POMand POM Avenues: Small Groups and Large Group

John Stone

John was born in South Carolina and attended Clemson University, graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education. John graduated in 1992 from Covenant Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. John is married to Marisa Tate Stone who graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts in English. They have three wonderful daughters: Sarah (22), Katherine (20), and Mary Simpson (18). John was a campus minister for 11 years: 4 at Belhaven College (92-96) in Jackson, Mississippi, and for 7 years in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee (96-03). John was the Assistant Coordinator (VP over ministry) (03-17) for RUF for 15 years. John and Marisa were married in 1992 and recently moved from Knoxville, TN to Tucson, AZ where John is now serving as Lead Pastor for Catalina Foothills Church (PCA).

John will be teaching three classes: Year 1: Introduction to the Philosophy of Ministry and Purpose/Goals/Principles; Year 2: Revisiting Goals and Principles; Year 3+: Leadership.

Robert Row

Robert Row was born and raised in Tennessee and attended Tennessee Tech University, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and 1998 with a Masters in Fisheries Biology.  After working in this field for a few years he began the long journey of seminary, graduating in 2009 from Reformed Theological Seminary. Robert is married to Rebecca who also graduated from Tennessee Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work.  They have five wonderful children, Emily (who passed away in 2000), Tyler (senior), Campbell (freshman), Laura (6th grade), and Mary Katherine (1st grade).  Robert served at Grace Presbyterian Church, Cookeville, as Children and Youth Director for 10 years then served as the Youth and Family Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga for 8 years.  Most recently Robert has taken a call with seeJesus Ministries working as their new Student Ministries Coordinator.  Robert and Rebecca have been married for 21 years and currently live in Chattanooga.

Robert will be teaching the elective class The Missing(?) Person of Jesus.


Jerry Iamurri

Rev. Dr. Jerry Iamurri is the Assistant Stated Clerk of the EPC. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Jerry received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law and his Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In addition to being an ordained teaching elder, he is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and is certified in Florida to practice as Authorized House Counsel for the EPC.

Jerry has served churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Texas. And, most recently, as Senior Pastor of Bethany EPC in Havertown, PA. Jerry is also the immediate past chairman of the EPC Ministerial Vocation Committee.
In addition to his pastoral experience, Jerry has served as both an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia where he prosecuted all manner of criminal cases and in the private legal sector where he represented corporate clients in a variety of civil actions. Jerry and his wife, Sandi, have two children, Matthew and Kimberly.

Jerry will be teaching the elective class Conflict Resolution: Improving Relationships with your Senior Pastor and Session.

John Perritt

John (MDiv RTS ’09 & DMin SBTS ’16) is the Director of Resources for RYM.  He served in youth ministry at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church for over 12 years. Prior to that, he served in youth ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, MS. He has published Your Days Are Numbered (2016), What Would Judas Do? (2017), and Time Out! The Gift or god of Youth Sports (2018). He has also published articles with The Gospel Coalition and Desiring God. He and his wife, Ashleigh, have five children and live in Ridgeland, MS.

John will be teaching the elective class Taming Technology: Guarding from Distraction in Life & Ministry.

Joey Stewart

Joey is the Chief Exexcutive Officer for RYM.  He 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 RYM. Joey has served as a member of the RYM Board of Directors since 1990 and possesses a resolute zeal and passion to serve the church through the expanding mission of RYM.  Joey is married to the beautiful Connie Cawthorn and together they have four children: Ashley Grace (Wilkinson), Joseph Wesley, Hannah Faith and Jennifer Cawthorn.

Joey will be teaching Covenant Theology and the Implications for Youth and Family Ministry in the Church class.