Caz is an innovative and engaging leader who loves being part of the community called the church when it is operating the way God created it to be. However, far too few people ever have this experience. Caz's passion is to create a thriving, and life-changing church that is at the heart of the Cedar Park | Leander community. He has worked on church staffs for over 20 years beginning during his time as a student at Wheaton College. Since graduating from Princeton Seminary (that's grad school for pastors) he has held positions with three large, dynamic and growing congregations where he learned the ins and outs of leading thriving churches (Princeton Alliance, 1st Pres Kingwood TX, & Mt Pleasant Community Church). If you spend any time with Caz, you'll hear outrageous (almost unbelievable) stories about his family, you'll hear both his joys and his struggles with life, and you'll figure out that his passion is contagious.
Ali was born and raised in Round Rock, Texas. Not only has she always been very involved in children's ministry in her home church, but she has also served on Kid's Ministry staff at two local churches. It was during high school she felt God's call on her heart to serve in children's ministry. She attended the University of Mary Hardin Baylor where she studied Christian Studies (ministry) and Art. After college, Ali started her own business doing freelance graphic design and custom art, as well as selling products she designs in her online store. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, spending time with her family and playing with her cat, Glitter. Ali is very excited to serve the children and parents of Live Oak church!
Josh brings a wealth of passion and experience to our team having led youth ministries in Abilene, Houston, and Liberty Hill. He has a degree in Bible and Ministry: Youth and Family Ministry from Abilene Christian University. He is now a Graduate Resident of the Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT), seeking his Masters in Youth Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Josh feels called to serve youth, helping them to develop a foundation of their faith better equipping them for life after high school. Josh enjoys playing board games, drinking coffee, and doing CrossFit with his wife, Ariel. Josh and Ariel have two dogs Boots and Stella.
Artha Weaver is an educator, vocalist, and worship leader with a heart for singing and getting others to share in making their own song. A recent graduate of Concordia University Texas in Music Ministry, she is currently the Band Director and Director of Campus Worship at Concordia High School, she teaches voice at Leander Middle School and Wiley Middle School (as well as privately to students of all ages), sings professionally with Austin-based Inversion Ensemble and the Concordia Singers, and is excited to join the staff at Live Oak Church!
Camie's training for ministry began with Young Life where she learned the importance of "earning the right to be heard" and the value of relationships over programs. Though her formal ministry education (MDiv Princeton Seminary) is foundational as she helps people understand the bible, it is her work in several congregations that has shaped her approach to ministry.
Over the years Camie has started dynamic children's and youth programs, developed ministries that meet the specific needs of women, and mothers, as well as overseen discipleship for whole churches. However, when you meet Camie, you'll see that it is the way she loves people that makes her ministry so effective.