JT has worked with the middle and high school students at Laurel since March 2012. He has worked with students in at least a part-time capacity since 1996 in Ohio, Florida, West Virginia, and Tennessee. He has experience as a factory worker, youth minister, teacher, and coach of soccer and baseball. He has bachelor’s degree in Bible with emphasis on youth ministry from Lipscomb University. JT married Jana Poyet in May 2002. They have three children: Brooks, Jacey and Elli.