Many people contribute to the success of a church. Countless hours are generously given by many church members, too numerous to include here. Below we introduce you to the core staff of the church.
Dr. Rev. Ginny Brown Daniel, Transitional Pastor
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Ginny grew up in Auburn, Alabama, which is where Auburn University is located. Ginny credits strong women in her life who encouraged her to be all of who God created her to be, including her grandmother, who was a professor at Auburn from 1957-1988. Ginny’s mother worked at their home church, First Baptist Church, Auburn, where they welcomed African Americans as members in the 1960s and ordained women as ministers in the 1970s. Ginny graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Journalism from Auburn University (1994).
Donna Cravens, Office Manager Email Donna
I like to read and listen to ‘Classic Rock’ music as well as host for my musician friends when they want to get together for ajam session. It’s almost always at my place because I ALWAYS seem to be living in the place in the middle, so no one mustdrive too far! I love all animals especially my latest rescue poodle, “The Very Spoiled Christi”. She is my office guard dog, she greets everyone that enters the church when we’re here, so I guess she’s our ‘unofficial’ greeter and guard dog. I’ve been working here since January 2018 and traffic is still terrible on the trip from San Marcos to Austin!!!!
Britt Hicks, Director of Online Ministries Email Britt
Britt Hicks (she/they) is a native Texan that has lived all over the state. They are a NAVY veteran and received and BFA in Photography at The Art Institute in San Antonio. Britt is a current MDiv student at Austin Theological Seminary and is also a Member in Discernment with the United Church of Christ. They live with their wife Radhika and their six dogs with six vastly different personalities, there is never a dull moment in their house. A few things that Britt enjoys is playing the guitar and cajon, baking, and walking.
Laura Martin (she/her) is a central Texas native and received her degree in Choral Music studies from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas. In addition to performing as an alto/mezzo-soprano, Laura is the head choir director at Pflugerville Middle School in Pflugerville ISD and recently completed Level III in the Kodaly method. When she isn’t singing or directing, Laura can be found reading in a coffee shop or exploring parks and trails with her incredibly cute dog, Bilbo.
Jonathan’s music has appeared on The White Lotus, Archer, So You Think You Can Dance, Dickinson and numerous other shows.
Jonathan graduated with a BA in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston and now lives in Bastrop, TX. He tours regularly with Atlas Tango Project, performing original music from members of the group alongside the compositions of nuevo tango composer, Astor Piazzolla.
Liz is a performer and private instruction teacher of cello in Austin. She has an active Youtube channel with performances and lessons which you can follow her @cellomoji and on other social platforms. In her free time she loves to play tennis, crafting, and cooking.
Amy Harris has been an active violinist and violin teacher in the Austin area for the past ten years, with a large violin studio. She has received violin performance degrees from University of Texas at Austin (Doctor of Musical Arts), the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Northern Colorado. During her studies she won many awards. She played with the National Repertory Orchestra for two different summer seasons in Breckenridge, Colorado. As a professional musician, she has played with many different orchestras and chamber groups, including the Colorado Springs Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic, and the Austin Symphony. She has been a member of UCC churches since childhood, and has participated in their musical offerings both on the violin and in the choir. She has been a part of the Austin Congregation Church’s trio since 2012, and has been singing and participating at the church since she moved here in 2006.