Welcome to the Youth Ministry Department
Rachel Poyo, Bryan Smyth and Lauren Koath next to the walkway near the Exposition Chapel at CtR.
Rachel hails from the beautiful land of North Carolina. She has a passion for working with young people and sharing with them the hope and love she has received from the Lord. He changed her life in high school and sent her to
Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio where she studied theology, catechetics, and youth ministry before attaining a Masters in Theology.
She is one of five girls born into a very close-knit family. Her favorite color is blue and she loves food, especially chocolate, avocados, and veggies. She loves being outside, FaceTime with her two neices, and traveling. She has been enjoying learning all the Texas traditions and now is the proud owner of a real pair of cowboy boots, now to figure out what to wear them with :)
Director of Youth Evangelization and Catechesis
281-469-5533, ext. 5421
Coordinator of High School Ministry
281-469-5533, ext. 5409
Bryan Smyth tries live for the greater glory of God in everything he does and aspires to live out the saying of St. Irenaeus: "The glory of God is man fully alive." Bryan came to know the Lord as a teen growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Ill. and has a deep love for Jesus and teenagers. Bryan graduated from
Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio
in 2011 with his bachelor's in theology, catechetics, Spanish and completed the Youth Ministry concentration. His goals in life are to see God's kingdom come on earth and to one day be as cool as his younger brother. Bryan loves sports, adventuring, music, movies and all things manly. He also loves stories and is known to tell a long winded one. Bryan is always seeking ways to live out the story God has for him.
Coordinator of Middle School Ministry
281-469-5533, ext. 1123
Lauren is a native of Flower Mound, Texas, and is proud to be the one true Texan on the Youth Ministry staff. She holds degrees in theology and catechetics and a concentration in Youth Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. Lauren has had a heart for sharing the Gospel message with the young Church since she came to know the Lord in high school. Lauren is the world’s biggest Chicago Blackhawks hockey fan, has a slight obsession with good coffee, and because of Christ, finds herself living a life greater than she could ever imagine.