Speakers and Staff for 2024


David Poteet

David Poteet,
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.

David Rapp, Evening Speaker
David and Jennifer Rapp’s story together has involved God calling them to help start new things in new places. After they graduated from seminary in 2003, God called them to start a new Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) campus ministry at the University of Oregon. They thrived there in that cultural context. Then, in 2008, God called them to Temple, TX to help start a new church through the Southwest Church Planting Network in the PCA. Redeemer Presbyterian Church has grown to be a healthy community that celebrates the gospel together and welcomes others in.

After over 13 years in Temple, God is calling the Rapps to work with a church and the Western Church Planting Network in the PCA with plans to start a new church to reach people in the western part of the Denver Metro area around Golden, Colorado with the hope of the gospel.

Jeremy Fair

Jeremy Fair, Seminar Speaker
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.

John Ranheim and Family

John RanheimSeminar SpeakerJohn is a YXL alum and native of Seattle currently living in St. Louis, MO. John works as a Senior Consultant for The Focus Group, assisting organizations, nonprofits and ministries with their fundraising needs. He previously served as the Vice President of Advancement at Covenant Seminary and loves equipping leaders for the church and kingdom.  He is married to Elizabeth and has four awesome boys. John has 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 20 years. John is a lifelong Seattle Seahawks fan and cheers for the St. Louis Cardinals. 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 planting Redeemer Longmont church in Colorado and releasing music as The Wood Drake Sessions. He earned his BA in Music Composition from Whitworth University and his Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. Paul has previously served at churches in Santa Barbara and Nashville, and has led congregations and taught on worship for over 15 years. He 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. Paul is married to his beautiful wife Lizzy, cheers for the Seattle Seahawks, Gonzaga Bulldogs, and St Louis Cardinals, and deeply enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.

Kevin and Evangeline DeGraaf
Kevin and Evangeline DeGraaf

Evangeline DeGraaf, Head Counselor
Evangeline DeGraaf is a native of the Seattle area, but now calls Silicon Valley, in sunny CA, home. She has been married to Kevin for almost 30 years and has 5 amazing children. Evangeline graduated from Covenant College with a BA in history and is currently using that degree to teach history to middle school students in a disadvantaged area of East Palo Alto. Evangeline and her four oldest children are all alumni of YXL (the youngest is still up and coming.) She loves being a part of this unique ministry to equip the next generations of leaders. YXL will always be a part of her family. In her free moments she loves to try new foods, read, snow ski, hike, and soak up as much sunshine as possible.