Ryan Garrett//Director of Student Ministries

I have many passions in life, but if you had to name the top three, these would probably summarize them perfectly. Number one, my main focus and passion is Jesus. I want to love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Second, my passion is my family. I am the husband of the beautiful Megan Garrett and the father of three amazing children: Lillie, Lucie, and Eli. Lastly, I long to make Jesus’ name famous by ongoing disciple-making. I live by the phrase, “Love God/Reach People/Make Disciples.”

Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 4:1

Favorite Movies: Star Wars & Tommy Boy

Favorite Starbucks Order: Grande Latte with Caramel Syrup, Extra Whip & Caramel Drizzle

Favorite Saying: “I’m not saying I’m Batman. I’m just saying no one has ever seen me and Batman in a room together.”

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Mark Johnston//Fifth - Eighth Grade Coordinator 

In 1989, while working in the Sports Medicine field, the Lord called me to student ministry. I started out as a volunteer for two years and that eventually led to me becoming a full time Youth Minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, where I served from 1992-2002. In 2003, I arrived at The Church of The Apostles with my family and immediately volunteered in the STS ministry where I served for five years. I was asked to come on staff in 2008 to serve the families in STS. My desire is to minister to our families and see them grow in their relationship with Jesus and be equipped for their ministry wherever God has called them to serve. I have been blessed with an incredible wife, Monica, and three children: Caroline, Elijah, and Gideon.

Favorite YouTube Video: David after the Dentist

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Thessalonians 2:8

Favorite Childhood Christmas Present: Mattel hand-held electronic football game

Favorite Superhero: Spiderman

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Kristin Waites//Assistant Coordinator for High School & College

I grew up in Marietta and graduated from Valdosta State University in May 2011. The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to work with and serve the High School & College students here at The Church of The Apostles. Throughout college, God revealed to me that He was calling me to a life of ministry. I am excited to be involved in youth ministry and to have the privilege of seeing the students grow into a deeper and more intimate relationship with their Savior. God has given me a passion for pouring into young women and teaching them how to grow in their relationships with Christ. I want to make myself available to each student and their families as we embark on our spiritual journeys together. God has called each of us to share the gospel and His love to those we encounter, and it is my joy to be a part of that as a STS staff member.

Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7

Favorite Place to Go: I love spending time at Chattahoochee Coffee Company.

Random Personal Fact: I was an omelet chef at a beach resort one summer during college!

Favorite Childhood Christmas present: My first puppy Friskie! He was hidden under the tree in a large box and had a bow tied around his neck!

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Rachael Kytle//Assistant Middle School Coordinator

I grew up in Evansville, Indiana and went to college at Purdue University. Before being called into ministry, i was working as an outside sales rep for a corporate company here in Atlanta. I'm reminded everyday in my own life that as soon as I laid down my life in front of Christ, it was made clear that His plans for me were different than my own. I began to volunteer as a YoungLife leader and, through that, God continued to grow my love for youth ministry. I love building relationships with teenagers and, most importantly, pointing them to The One that loves them unconditionally, will never fail them, and wants a personal relationship with them. I married Daniel in May 2016. Second to my salvation, Daniel is the greatest gift the Lord has blessed me with and we look forward to serving Him in our marriage.

Favorite Bible Verse(s): Romans 6:8-23

Favorite Place to Go: This might sound corny… anywhere outside in God’s creation! The beach, mountains, rivers, woods, or even on the patio staring at the trees.

Favorite Movie: It’s hard to choose a favorite but I love Gladiator!

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Jenny Sessoms//Student Ministry Assistant

I grew up as a child of missionaries in Mali, a nation in Western Africa. I’ve always had a love for ministry, but God confirmed this passion in me late in high school and all throughout college. I moved to Atlanta in 2009 after I graduated from Carson-Newman College. In March 2010, God opened the door for me to work here in STS! I am honored to be a part of what God is doing in and through this ministry and church. I love working with our students and families; there is little that is more rewarding than seeing God at work in teenagers' hearts!

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 6:25-34

Favorite Movie: That Thing You Do!

Favorite Place to Go: The mountains!

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