Here’s the speaker lineup for YXL Horn Creek 2017:
Patrick Tebbano, Director
Patrick Tebbano is lead pastor at University Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces, NM. He and his wife, Nicole, moved to New Mexico from Cleveland, Ohio and were happy to trade in the gray skies, hard winters, and humid summers of Ohio for life in the desert. They have two children: Jonah (8) and Hannah (7). Patrick is a graduate of Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania and Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, tennis, soccer, and green chile. Patrick considers it a blessing to be able to proclaim the free grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and desires to serve the church by building up the people of God and equipping the saints for the work of ministry.
Ben Coppedge, Evening Speaker
Ben is the RUF campus minister at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. He hails from Marietta, GA, and went to college at the University of Georgia in Athens where God introduced himself to Ben and brought him to life. After graduating he stayed in Athens and attended grad school, served as an RUF intern, and began an “awkward friendship” with his future wife, Anna. After working with RUF, he moved to Philadelphia to attend Westminster Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in counseling. A highlight of his time in Philly was getting to minister to students at the University of Pennsylvania. Oh, and also reconnecting with that previously mentioned “future wife” who was working in youth ministry in Colorado! Anna and Ben were married in 2012, welcomed Eli into the family in 2014 and Addie in 2015. God’s done great things during their time in Las Cruces and they’re excited to begin our fourth year serving the amazing students of NMSU. Ben enjoys woodworking and working on the car, trips to the Gila Wilderness, watching firetruck videos with Eli, that first [and second, and third] cup of coffee in the morning, Nacho Libre, overusing ellipses, and perhaps most of all… watching God on the move in others’ lives.
Paul Ranheim, Worship Director, Seminar Speaker
Paul is a Seattle born musician and pastor currently serving as the worship director at West End Community Church in Nashville, VA. Earning his BA in Music/Composition from Whitworth University and his Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, he has led congregations and taught on worship within the church for over 15 years. Paul met his wife Lizzie while he was serving as worship director at Christ Pres in Santa Barbara, CA. They were married in 2016. Paul 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. In addition to leading worship, he has written, recorded, and performed music with numerous bands and also as a solo artist.
Joel Smedshammer, Leadership Training Coordinator
Joel has served as counselor, leadership training coordinator and director at YXL over the last several years. This year he’ll be coming up with all of our team challenges and games again, so look out. He’s a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Waco, Texas. He is married to Andrea Smedshammer and they have 4 kids, Bo, Ben, Bailey, and Brady. Joel loves to play golf, watch his kids play sports, and hang out with Andrea and other couples from the church and their community.
David Poteet, Seminar Speaker
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.
John Ranheim, Seminar Speaker
John is a YXL alum and native of Seattle, currently living in St. Louis, MO with his wife Elizabeth and their three boys. He presently works as the senior director of development at Covenant Theological Seminary. John has worked in both high school and college ministries and is passionate about assessing and equipping the next generation of leaders for the Church. When not chasing his three boys, he enjoys running, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors whenever possible.