The Youth Leadership Team

The Youth Leadership Team (YLT) is charged by the Sunset Eldership to oversee the work of the Sunset Youth Group (SYG). The YLT is made up of ministers, deacons, and elder(s), specifically appointed to serve in the area of youth ministry. The purpose of the YLT is to ensure that the youth ministry is sustainable and effective in carrying out the ministry vision. The youth ministers work closely with the youth deacons in the development and implementation of the vision. Each deacon is assigned a specific area of the ministry to oversee and acts as a liaison between their specific area of the youth ministry and the rest of the YLT. Within each of their areas, the deacons work with the youth ministers to develop and empower volunteer teams which carry out and execute the ministry vision.

  • Scott Rektenwald

    Minister

    Scott graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 2006 with a BA in Secondary Education and in 2013 completed an MA in Family Ministry. He married Amy in 2006 and has two children, Josiah, born in 2011, and Mallory, born in 2016.


    E-mail: scott.rektenwald@sunset.cc

    Phone: 806-788-3295

  • Jeremy Smith

    Minister

    Jeremy graduated from Lubbock Christian University with a BA in Youth and Family Ministry in 2010. He has also completed an MA in Biblical Interpretation from LCU in 2015 and a Masters of Divinity from ACU in 2014. Currently, he is working on a Doctor of Ministry in Adolescent Spiritual Formation at ACU. He married Leah in 2017.


    E-mail: jeremy@sunset.cc

    Phone: 806-788-3238

  • David Boyer

    Deacon

    David focuses on oversight of Bible class. He is responsible for class curriculum, Student Leadership Teams (SLT), and teaching. He makes sure that our students are involved and engaged in our classes and have the tools needed to grow spiritually!


    E-mail: david.boyer@lcu.edu

  • Bob Gruner

    Deacon

    Bob focuses on oversight of family and inter-generational ministry. He is responsible for making sure parents are involved and engaged in the spiritual development of their students. He also helps our students connect to the larger church with inter-generational mentoring. Our students need to be mentored by older adults and be mentors to younger students, and Bob accomplishes that goal.


    E-mail: bobgruner@hotmail.com

  • Allan Jones

    Deacon

    Allan focuses on oversight of events. He is responsible for the definition, development, and execution of events that are in line with the SYG foundation documents. Allan sees that every event we execute is intentional and focused towards student spiritual growth. 


    E-mail: allandjones_98@yahoo.com

  • Troy Talley

    Deacon

    Troy focuses on oversight of volunteer recruitment, training, and appreciation. He makes sure everyone on our staff has been trained according to our foundation documents. If you would like to volunteer with Sunset Youth, then you need to talk with Troy. 


    E-mail: Talley723@gmail.com

  • Kent Towns

    Deacon

    Kent focuses on oversight of communications. He ensures that the ministry communicates well to families, students, the larger church, and the public. 


    E-mail: kent.towns@live.com

  • Kirby Huffman

    Elder

    Kirby serves as a liaison between the YLT and the entire Eldership. He meets with the YLT and provides guidance and spiritual leadership.


    Email: kirbyhuffman3@gmail.com

  • Kirt Martin

    Elder

    Kirt also serves as a liaison between the YLT and the entire Eldership. He meets with the YLT and provides guidance and spiritual leadership.


    Email: Kirt.Martin@LCU.EDU

   Charlyn Simpson   

Youth Ministry Intern

Charlyn is a missions major at LCU with a minor in English. She loves ministering to people of all ages. Her lifetime goal is to be involved in mission or nonprofit work and youth ministry. 


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