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Leo Schuster is the Lead Pastor of City Church. As an ordained pastor for twenty-four years, Leo’s ministry has reached from Texas to New York City. He started and led two college ministries in Dallas, founded and pastored Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Houston and most recently served as the Lead Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s East Side Congregation in New York City where he was directly mentored by Tim Keller. Leo and his wife, Ellen, have three adult daughters: Anna, Margaret and Mary Caroline.
Valerie Tompson is the Executive Director at City Church where she oversees all ministry areas and the operations and finances of the church. She grew up in Houston and attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia where she majored in business administration and accounting. She has worked in church finance and administration for 10 years, previously holding a similar role at Christ the King Presbyterian Church. Her husband, Matt, is a physician, and they have three children: Mary Shannon, Rachel and Will.
Elise Mueller is the executive assistant at City Church where she assists Leo and Valerie and has touchpoints with all areas of ministry. Elise grew up outside of Chicago and attended Texas Christian University where she majored in speech communication. She is married to Jonathan, and they have four children: James, Luke, Jacob, and Kate.
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Linc Ashby is the Community Formation Pastor where he leads the City Groups ministry, teaches a men’s Bible study, preaches regularly, provides pastoral care and works alongside mercy and justice partner ministries in Houston. He previously served as the Student Minister at Christ the King Presbyterian Church and Assistant Pastor at Oaklawn Presbyterian Church. Linc also held the roles of Chaplain at the Lovett School in Atlanta and Dean of Students at Houston Christian High School. He is married to Katie, a licensed professional counselor, and they have three daughters: Ellie, Julia and Rachel.
Joy Hanna is the Worship Arts Coordinator at City Church and leads the worship services each week. Joy felt called into a music ministry at the early age of eleven when she started writing songs. She then began leading worship for her church in Virginia, recording her original songs and touring. Joy graduated from Liberty University and served on staff as a worship leader at McLean Bible Church for two years before she and her husband, Andrew, moved to Houston. Joy continues to write songs and use her voice to illuminate the liberating truth of God’s Word. You can hear her music at joyhanna.com.
Josh Moore is the Worship Arts Specialist at City Church where he contributes to creative elements and leads the worship service each week. Josh plays piano, organ, guitar, bass, accordion and drums. As a teenager, Josh spent time performing in the band Caedmon’s Call, and he later studied at the Curb School of Music Business at Belmont University. He is the founder of Pozo Hondo Studios and v33r Technologies and previously served as the Worship Arts Director at Ecclesia in Houston. He has three sons: Baxter, Simon and Oslo.
Jennifer Welch is the Children's Coordinator at City Church where she plans family activities and leads preschool and children's programming on Sunday mornings. She also assists with City Youth. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in youth development and then worked on staff for Young Life in Jasper, Georgia. After moving back to Houston, Jennifer transitioned into a role as a Children’s Coordinator at Bear Creek Church in Katy, Texas. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Christian Counseling at HBU.
Clint Wilson is the pastoral intern and City Youth coordinator at City Church where he supports the church community through his involvement with City Group and City Youth outreach. Clint moved to Houston via West Virginia, Wake Forest University, Edinburgh, and Philadelphia. As a PhD candidate in English at Rice University, he is particularly interested in how literature and the arts shape questions of faith, and vice versa. Clint and his wife Natalie, a clinical social worker, live in Montrose with their dog Huckleberry Finn.
Claire Berger is the ministry coordinator at City Church where she manages Sunday morning ministry teams, coordinates communications, and connects with those new to City Church. She grew up in Houston and studied at Texas A&M and Denver Seminary. She has held various church jobs, worked as a high school humanities teacher, and edited for Storied Publishing. Claire and her husband Josh, a licensed professional counselor, have three children: Calvin, Piper, and Edmund.