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  • MITCH eAST

    Senior minister

    Mitch East grew up in Round Rock and loved living in the Austin area. He can't believe he's now working for a church in the heart of downtown. Mitch loves church because he loves following Jesus alongside others. He's also a nerd: he loves movies and books, as well as books and movies. He likes to talk about them, too. 

  • Laura Kate Yarbrough

    Children's Minister

    Laura Kate Yarbrough is an Austin native with a degree in Children’s Ministry from Lubbock Christian University. Laura Kate has a great passion to show the world who Jesus is through fun and creative ways. Whether dressing up in costumes or getting messy with crafts, Laura Kate loves being with God’s kiddos! When she’s not covered in glue or wearing a fancy wig, you can find her hanging in her hammock or sipping delicious coffee from Summermoon.

  • Cary McCall

    Campus Minister

    Cary and his wife Jinny have worked with Longhorns for Christ, UA's campus mission, since 2012. Cary has previously served in campus ministry at the University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama, Abilene Christian University, and Kansas State University. He likes driving his classic Jeep and playing Ms. Pac-Man.

  • BEN Stewart

    worship and youth minister

    Ben Stewart is a recent graduate of Harding University, where he majored in Biblical Studies and Music. Born in Cleburne, Texas, Ben is new to Austin and is currently working on his master’s degree at Austin Graduate School of Theology. If he isn’t preparing for UA activities or studying for AGST, you’ll find him camped out with Daisy, his old banjo. 

  • Gary Thornton

    Executive minister

    After 34 years of law practice, several years as a professor at Abilene Christian and Pepperdine Universities and a stint as briefing attorney with the Texas Supreme Court, Gary now devotes a big part of his time each week to administration duties at University Avenue. He and his wife Lee Ann have two daughters and three grandchildren. Gary enjoys hunting and lake sports in Central Texas.

  • Rayma Lynne Chase

    office Administrator

    Rayma Lynne Chase has been an Administrative Assistant in the UA Office since 2009. She is a life-long member at UA. She loves people and all four footed things. She gives UA a friendly face.

  • Becki ramsey

    Bookkeeper

    An original Austinite, Becki was a school teacher for many years and then became the UA's accounting administrator in 2002. She has two married sons and a "grandcat."

  • lane McLendon

    campus ministry administratoR

    Lane has worked with Longhorns for Christ since 2007. She was born in Austin and UA has been a special place for her throughout the years, including her connection to our campus ministry. She and her husband Carl have two children, Bailey and Allyson.