Ben and Sarah Koch felt called to Austin and moved down from Ohio to come on staff in 2014. Ben worked as Associate Pastor and then became Lead Pastor in 2016. He and Sarah have 3 children, Jasmine, Madeline, and Levi, and love getting into nature, road trips, and finding new places to explore around Austin.
"Here at The Vineyard, we are passionate to see our city flourish and desire to see everyone step into the adventure of following Jesus in the kingdom of God"
Rick was invited to join the Vineyard staff in January, 2018. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 43 years and have 3 grown daughters and 3 awesome grandkids. He is passionate about connecting people with and watching them grow in small groups. He enjoys “Jeeping” with those he loves. Whether it’s a date night with Lisa or piling his grandkids into the backseat, they pop the top and remove the doors and blast into a warm, sunny Austin day together without a care in the world!
Elaine is our resident “Brit” and has been on staff for more years than she can remember. She is our Associate Pastor and oversees our community groups, our hospitality teams and our Alpha courses. Helping both guests and members alike feel "at home" in the Vineyard, discover their gifts and grow in their faith and their love for Jesus is an incredible privilege and joy for her. Elaine has been married to Bill for 11 years, and she has 2 children and 4 brilliant grand-children.
Tony Miller, his wife Crystal and their two children have been members of the Austin Vineyard for years and he re-joined the staff in 2018. Tony was born into a musical family and started “making noise” himself at age 4. Tony became a believer in high school, and as he began to grow in the Lord, he knew the call of God was on his life. He toured on the Christian music circuit for a time, but felt called to serve the body in leading worship. Tony is a talented drummer who is active on the Austin music scene. He loves pawn shopping, martial arts, studying theology and pizza.
Tim Rushing joined the staff in February 2016 after retiring from 31 years in the corporate world. He is passionate about studying the Bible and received his Bachelor of Biblical Arts degree. He and his wife Kathy have operated the church food pantry since 2007. Tim focuses on reaching the community through tangible acts of kindness and has expanded his missions focus with a recent trip to India. Tim and Kathy have been married for 14 years and enjoy vacationing at the beaches in Mexico as well as hiking in the Colorado Rockies. They have five children and eight grandchildren between them.
sARAH KOCH & LISA EVANS
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTORS
Sarah Koch, wife of Lead Pastor Ben Koch, and mom to Jasmine, Maddy, and Levi, has a huge heart for seeing the next generation experience the incredible and personal love of God. Her life was changed forever when she was 8 years old, as one evening when she was by herself, the Holy Spirit came to call her to himself and repent of her sin. She felt his presence and heard his voice so clearly and submitted to The Lord's wonderful loving kindness. She has continued a personal relationship walking alongside Him since that moment through the thick and thin of life. Sarah enjoys movies, games, pizza night, & exploring new and different places in central Texas!
Lisa Evans has been married to Rick for 45 years and has 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren. She owns and operates an in-home daycare and is delighted to be loving and leading children. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and is looking forward to some new camping adventures.
Sarah & Lisa are thrilled to be working together. They passionately want each and every child at The Austin Vineyard to have the opportunity to meet with Jesus and then walk daily with Him and learn about all of the many amazing treasures He has for each one of us!
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH
Chantel found Austin Vineyard church in 2017 when she and her husband Nathan decided to make the move from Omaha, Nebraska to Austin, Texas sight unseen with a u-hail packed full of their possessions, their 2 dogs, and their hopes and dreams.
They had no idea that this new city would begin the most beautiful chapter of their lives as they just happened to have moved across the street from AVC.
Here they found loving community that became family at AVC, restored their relationship with Jesus, and started on their biggest journey of their faith, relationship, and healing they’d never even imagined!
Chantel is a Bible loving, study hungry, lovingly self-proclaimed nerd. She really appreciates the lifelong journey of knowing God’s character through the word, prayer, and community.
As the Director of Youth for AVC, Chantel and her Husband Nate are passionate about showing young people how powerful, loved, and important they are in the kingdom and that they can do important things today and not when they are “all grown up.” Her and her husband lead from a grace filled relational approach that gives the space and intentionally for each teen and pre-teen to flourish in their own authentic and unique way. They also lead youth with a culture focused on to feeling safe, seen, and known in their community while also having fun and enjoying being a kid!