Staff

Cameron Cole

Founder and Chairman

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.

Emily Heide

Executive Director

Emily Heide serves as the Executive Director for Rooted Ministry. She began her career working as an account executive in the Food, Beverage and Nutrition Practice at Porter Novelli. Emily then moved into the non-profit world, implementing the first marketing and communications plan for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship tripling their media coverage. She then served as the Communications Director at the Rosslyn Business Improvement District where she planned and marketed all special events including their jazz festival with over 6,000 attendees. After relocating to Birmingham, she worked for a couple of non-profits before joining Rooted in 2015 to run the annual conference. Her responsibilities grew alongside the organization, and in January 2019, she was promoted to Executive Director. She manages all staff and programs for the organization. Emily is married to Sam, and they have three children.

Chelsea Erickson

Youth Ministry Editor

Chelsea serves as Pastor of Youth and Families at First Congregational Church of Hamilton, MA and as an editor at Rooted. She and her husband, Steve, are new parents to a baby boy, Wells. Chelsea holds an M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She loves teaching the arc of redemptive history and is currently pursuing a Master of Theology (Th.M.) in Old Testament Studies. She also enjoys restaurant hopping around Greater Boston and spending time with her retired thoroughbred, Aiden Magee.

Charlotte Getz

Director of Publishing Projects

Charlotte Getz is Director of Publishing Projects for Rooted Ministry. She is also the co-author of Unmapped: The (Mostly) True Story of How Two Women Lost at Sea Found Their Way Home and a frequent contributor to the Mockingbird Blog. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Pepperdine University and her M.F.A. in Photography from SCAD. Before working for Rooted she served as an associate Youth Minister at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, AL. She currently resides in Birmingham with her husband and their two children.

Sandy Gosdin

Finance Administrator

Sandy is the Financial Administrator and has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Rooted family since starting in 2019. She is from Birmingham, AL and graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She also earned her CPA license. Sandy is married to Brad and they have 3 grown children. In her spare time, Sandy loves to play tennis, spend time at their farm and do just about anything that involves being outdoors.

Anna Meade Harris

Editor-in-Chief

Anna Meade Harris is a single mom of three almost-grown sons. She is the Rooted Blog Editor-in-Chief, a member of Brookwood Baptist Church, and the author of Fresh Faith: Topical Devotions and Scripture-Based Prayers for College Students. In her free time, Anna enjoys gardening, great books, running, hiking, hammocks, and ice cream. She cheers for the Crimson Tide and wants to live by a mountain stream in Idaho someday.

Laura Hydinger

Director of Development

Laura is a native of Birmingham, AL and works as Director of Development for Rooted Ministry. Laura and her husband Thornton have volunteered in children’s and youth ministry for 20+ years in while raising two almost grown children of their own. Laura is passionate about equipping and encouraging youth pastors and parents to disciple children toward a lifelong love of Jesus. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, DIY projects, spending quality time with her family and their black lab Nell, and listening to Eli Gold on Bama gamedays.

Mary Beth Johnston

Senior Director of Programming

Mary Beth Johnston serves as the Senior Director of Programming for Rooted Ministry. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a double major in Business Marketing and Management. Before working for Rooted, Mary Beth served as the Senior High Youth Minister at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama. While she was born and raised in Louisiana, she currently resides in Chattanooga, TN with her sweet husband Ben, and is loving their life in the mountains more each day.

Davis Lacey

Podcast Producer

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 is also a member of the Rooted Steering Committee. 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.

Rebecca Lankford

Ministry Development Coordinator

Rebecca is the Associate Director of Young Adult Ministries at the Church of the Advent and also serves on staff with Rooted as the Ministry Development Coordinator. She is a graduate of Furman University and is currently pursing her Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Beeson Divinity School. She is a regular blog contributor and authored a chapter in The Jesus I Wish I Knew in High School.

Emily Menendez

Grants and Foundations Director

Emily is part of Rooted’s development team, building partnerships with churches and foundations across the US. She is a native of Birmingham, AL and graduated from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to Rooted, Emily worked in both marketing and church ministry. She is married to Matthew and loves being mom to three amazing kids and a dog that thinks he’s a kid. Emily is passionate about helping Rooted reach teenagers with the good news of the gospel!

Jalyn Mikell

Marketing Coordinator

Jalyn was born and raised in south Mississippi, but chose to come to “God’s Country,” Oxford, for college. She recently got married to Randolph Mikell and started a job as the marketing coordinator as well as a youth intern at her church Grace Bible. Jalyn is pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her free time consists of reading some of her favorite books and spending quality time outside with Rand and her dog, Luna.

Katherine Stine

Director of Marketing

Katherine Stine has been the Director of Marketing at Rooted Ministry since 2020, after working in marketing and sales for a decade. She received her B.A. in History and Corporate Strategy at Vanderbilt University, and then spent a year as a Fellow at The Falls Church Anglican. She lives with her husband and son in Birmingham, AL, where they are part of Redeemer Community Church. She loves to paint, garden, play music, and plan parties.

Kevin Yi

Video Producer

Kevin Yi is the college and young adults pastor at Church Everyday in Northridge, CA and has been serving youth students for over 16 years. He was a bi-vocational pastor for most of this time and has been in the animation industry for over 13 years. He is the founder of truthmattersministries.com. He and his wife Tracy are celebrating thirteen years of marriage together and have three children: Caden, Isabella, and Ian. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology at Talbot Theological Seminary.

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