Todd Mitchell, a 41-year-old Alabama pastor and regional strategist for the American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches, is the organization's new executive director.
Officers and directors of the fellowship elected Mitchell in a special called meeting during the summer, and he presided over the group's annual cowboy gathering in Alvarado last month.
A native of Alabama, Mitchell is a graduate of Auburn University. He and his wife, Nikki, have two sons, John and Cain.
He led in starting the Cowboy Church of Marshall County in Albertville, Ala., in 2006 and has served as a regional strategist for the national fellowship in the southeastern United States. Alabama now has 14 cowboy churches, and the American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches has grown to include 200 congregations in 15 states.
Mitchell credited his journey to the fellowship's leadership to God and the efforts of the officers and directors of the Fellowship. He did not apply for the position but was asked by the search committee to submit his name for consideration and was elected unanimously.