Staff and Board

We are passionate about bringing the Gospel to public school students! We are here to serve, encourage & provide the resources you need.

JohnJohn Carruth


John has been working with students since 1998 serving on local church staff in Louisiana and Mississippi. John loves serving local Youth Pastors and school campuses. He joined with First Priority in March of 2010 with a burden to see the Church united on middle and high school campuses for intentional evangelism. John lives in Shreveport, LA with his wife Shelley and their two children, Jacob and Madison.

PhillipPhillip Cole


Phillip has worked in student, music, and evangelism ministry in both local and traveling organizations in Louisiana and Mississippi since 2002. He was first introduced to First Priority as a high school student in 1999, then as a campus coach in 2010, and joined the First Priority ArkLaTex staff in January of 2015. Phillip loves to network with ministry leaders and equip students to become missionaries to their local schools. Phillip lives in Shreveport, LA with his wife Alisha and their two sons, Dylan and Jude.

Board Members

Ross Setters, Chairman
Jared Osborne
Josh Knight
Jennifer Thurmon

Advisory Board

Stephen Vekovius
Richard and Kathy Carruth
David and Judy Rose
Tom and Cheryl Arnold