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.

Phillip 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 three sons, Dylan, Jude, and Shepherd.

Alisha Cole

Administrative Assistant

Alisha and Phillip have been married since 2007. Now that their older boys are in school, Alisha is excited to join the First Priority ArkLaTex team. She loves any way to use her creativity, administrative skills, and encouraging people in the Hope that is Jesus. Working alongside her husband is a dream come true.