Steering Committees

In addition to our board of directors, Rooted has two steering committees who work to promote and protect the organization’s mission and vision by directing the communications, programs and activities. 

Our Youth Ministry Steering Committee is made up of practicing youth pastors and volunteers across various geographies, denominations and contexts. They are instrumental in the creation of our content, conference and curriculum for youth pastors and churches. 
Our Parent Steering Committee is made up of parents of children, teenagers and young adults in various contexts and help with the creation of content and programs for parents. 
Committee members serve three year terms, meet monthly, nominate and elect new members to the committee. They also lead and recruit the organization’s volunteer teams. 

Cameron Cole

Youth Ministry Steering Committee
Cameron Cole has been the Director of Youth Ministries at the Cathedral Church of the Advent since December of 2005, and in January of 2016 his duties expanded to include Children, Youth, and Families. He is the founding chairman of Rooted Ministry, an organization that promotes gospel-centered youth ministry. He is the co-editor of “Gospel- Centered Youth Ministry: A Practice Guide” (Crossway, 2016) and “The Jesus I Wish I Knew in High School” (New Growth Press, 2021). Cameron is the author of “Therefore, I Have Hope: 12 Truths that Comfort, Sustain, and Redeem in Tragedy” (Crossway, 2018), which won World Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year (Accessible Theology) and was runner up for The Gospel Coalition’s Book of the Year (First-Time Author). Cameron has a BA in Latin and English and an MA in Education, all from Wake Forest; and a Masters in Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary.

Kendal Conner

Youth Ministry Steering Committee
Kendal serves as the Student Ministry Girls’ Director at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. Kendal received her BA from Union University in Public Relations. After graduation, she served 2 years overseas in Central Asia. She then spent 5 years working within parachurch youth and outreach ministries before moving to Oklahoma.

Dawson Cooper

Parent Steering Committee
Dawson Cooper lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, Wil, and three boys (ages 7,10, and 15). She graduated from Wake Forest University. While at Wake Forest, she began freelance writing for a local magazine. She has been writing for Rooted Ministry since 2017. She also works as a lead floral designer with Marigold Designs. Dawson and her family attend Covenant Presbyterian Church where she is involved with leading a youth small group. When she isn’t at or driving to her boys’ various games, school events, or activities, she enjoys reading, playing tennis, and enjoying a good meal with friends. 

Skyler Flowers

Youth Ministry Steering Committee
Skyler was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and attended the University of
Mississippi. Skyler earned an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, where he served as the Director of Student Ministries at Orlando Grace Church. His wife, Brianna, is originally from Memphis, TN and teaches 3rd grade at the Regents School of Oxford. Skyler also serves on the Rooted Steering Committee and contributes to the As in Heaven podcast.

Clark Fobes

Youth Ministry Steering Committee
Clark is the Associate Pastor at FirstSF in his hometown of San Francisco, and has served in Youth Ministry in the Asian-American context for over a decade. He received his M.Div. from Talbot Theological School in Southern California, and is a Doctor of Missiology (D.Miss.) candidate at Southern Seminary (SBTS). He is also an emeritus member of Rooted’s Steering Committee. He and his wife, Janet, have two daughters, Kara and Nora.

Mark Howard

Parent Steering Committee
Mark Howard was a youth pastor for five years before joining Elam Ministries, an organization that seeks to strengthen and expand the church in Iran and surrounding areas. Through Elam, he’s had the opportunity to work with Iranian youth as well as talk with American churches about God’s work in Iran. Mark has his M.A. in Theological Studies from Wheaton College Graduate School and serves on Rooted’s steering committee.

Josh Hussung

Youth Ministry Steering Committee
Josh Hussung is the Pastor of Youth and Families at Grace Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and has been in youth ministry for over 16 years. He holds an Mdiv in Pastor Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to writing for Rooted, Josh has also been featured on Follow him on Twitter @joshhussung.

Davis Lacey

Youth Ministry Steering Committee
A veteran of vocational student ministry, Davis Lacey now serves as the Lead Planter and Pastor of Autumn Ridge Community Church in Ellijay, GA. He holds the MTS and MDiv degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as an Engineering degree from Mercer University. He is married to his childhood sweetheart Charis, and the two of them love having adventures with their two children: Evelynn and Haddon.

Luke Paiva

Parent Steering Committee
Luke Paiva has a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. from The University of Tennessee Knoxville, and is currently working on his MDiv through Reformed Theological Seminary. He has been married for sixteen years to his wife Johannah, and has four children – Jack, Benjamin, Lucy, and Grace. He began his career teaching high school English and has returned to the classroom after a decade in law enforcement. He currently teaches Biblical Studies at a Christian high school in Nashville, TN.

Katie Polski

Parent Steering Committee
Katie is wife to Chris, a PCA pastor at Trinity church in Kirkwood, MO, and together they have three children, Ella, J-Rod, and Lily. Katie works as the music director at Trinity and serves on the Women’s Ministry Committee. She also spends much of her time writing, playing piano, leading women’s Bible studies, and speaking to women’s groups about the joy she has found in Christ. Katie graduated from Covenant College with a BA in English Education and has served on the board of Covenant. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Theology from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. For more information, as well as various blog entries, you can visit her website at

Syler Thomas

Parent Steering Committee
Syler Thomas is a native Texan who has been the student ministries pastor at Christ Church in Lake Forest, Illinois, since 1998. He writes a column for YouthWorker Journal, has had articles published in Leadership Journal and the Chicago Tribune, and is the co-author of two books. Syler and his wife, Heidi, have four kids.

Kerry Trunfio

Youth Ministry Steering Committee
Kerry Trunfio is the Director of Youth Education, Youth Ministry and Local Outreach at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield, MA. She graduated from Gordon College in 2012 with a degree in Christian Ministry with a Concentration in Youth Ministry. She is passionate about students knowing the relentless love of the Savior. Kerry lives in Havenhill, MA with her husband Joel and their two year old daughter Cora.

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