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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.
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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.
Josh Moore is the Worship Arts Director at City Church where he contributes to all 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. His wife, Elise, is a studio engineer and singer/songwriter, and they have three sons: Baxter, Simon and Oslo.
Elise Mueller is the Ministry Manager at City Church where she manages all Sunday morning ministry teams and provides a point of connection for all at City Church. 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.
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.
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Blake Thomas is a pastoral resident with a concentration in youth at City Church. While he devotes most of his time to the youth ministry, Blake is also mentored by City Church staff as he explores the possibility of a career in vocational ministry. Blake is the Bridge-Builder Program Director at the Forge for Families in Houston where he is developing a program for teens to experience inner-city ministry in Houston. He graduated from Southeastern University in Florida with a degree in practical theology. During this time, he helped lead a campus ministry using oratory art forms as a platform for teaching the gospel. Blake also worked within the youth ministry at a church in Tampa, Florida, for two years.
Julie Blacklock is the Communications Coordinator at City Church where she manages the website, social media accounts, mobile app, livestream and other forms of print and digital communication. Julie studied public relations at the University of Houston, and previously worked at Edelman Public Relations, Kimberly Public Affairs, Foster Marketing and as an independent PR consultant. She is married to Stephen, and they have a daughter: Claire.