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St. Martin’s Church Staff
St. Martin’s Ev Lutheran Church staff is here to help guide you along your journey. We have been blessed by a team of pastoral and ministry staff that reflect a heart for Christ and others. Our team shows excellence in ministry and collectively seeks to live out and implement St. Martin’s Church vision and mission to love, share, and serve boldly.
Rev. Ellen Williams, Senior Pastor
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Pr. Ellen grew up in Denison, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M in 1993 with a degree in computer science and minor in genetics. After working on the Human Genome Project as a bioinformatician and database architect, she migrated to California to work in a genomics start-up. During her time in CA, she completed masters degrees in Molecular & Cell Biology and Organizational Psychology, led a bioinformatics group studying the genetics of addiction, and owned a knitting studio and yarn shop. After completing seminary at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, she worked in South Central Los Angeles and Compton, CA in Spanish-language Lutheran churches. Sticking to her promise to come back to Texas when she could get to Austin, she comes to us after serving Saint John-San Juan Lutheran in South Austin. She is passionate about serving our neighbors, especially those who are struggling to find justice, mercy and kindness in this world and invites your help to do this work.
Katherine Lutter, Business Manager
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Katherine Lutter has been a member of Saint Martin’s since 2012. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Katherine is a lifelong Lutheran. Both her grandparents and mother worked as treasurers in multiple Lutheran congregations in the Coastal Bend. Katherine graduated from Texas State University in 2007 with BAs in International Business and English. After graduation, she worked with her parents accounting practice, Hensel Phelps Construction, and her dream job at Book People. In 2022, Katherine earned her MBA in Human Resource management from Texas State University. Sunday mornings you will find Katherine in the Nursery with her son and also playing with the Hand Bells. She also enjoys planning and attending the women’s retreats.
Kathy Edgar , Communication Coordinator
Kathy Edgar is a retired educator. Her education experience includes classroom teacher, librarian and instructional technology director. Kathy graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Education and MLIS. Kathy and family located to Austin in 1984 when her husband, a career Air Force officer retired. Kathy actively participated in Bergstrom AFB chapel program for 9 years before the base closure. Kathy has three adult children and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys traveling in her Casita trailer, reading, gardening, walking and meditating in nature. She has been a member of St. Martin’s since 2014.
Cason Miller, Director of Youth Ministry
Cason brings to St. Martin’s extensive experience working with Lutheran youth programming. Cason worked six years as a high school program coordinator and assistant director for Cross Trails ministries at Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville Texas. He was also the program director for Lutherhill ministries in La Grange Texas. Cason grew up in New Braunfels ,Texas and graduated from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin Texas. He enjoys hiking, Gardening, drinking coffee and reading books. Cason also has a movie collection of over three thousand DVDs that he enjoys with his dog, Rigby!
Austin Shortes- Youth Minister
Austin is a 2023 Texas State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in music. He grew up in Seminole, TX. He has extensive experience as a church summer camp counselor, working with elementary, middle school and high school students and felt his call to ministry through that work. Austin joins us as a graduate student of the Center for Youth Ministry Training through Austin Presbyterian Seminary.
Tim O’Brien, Director of Music
Tim O’Brien has sung with Austin Opera, the Minnesota Opera, the Dale Warland Singers, the National Lutheran Choir, and the Rose Ensemble. Recently he performed Bach’s B Minor Mass with Portland Oregon’s The Ensemble, where his “vibrant and subtle” singing was praised by Oregon Artswatch. Dr. O’Brien’s performances can be heard on eleven commercial recordings, including the Grammy-nominated Walden Pond. Tim is an alumnus of Gustavus Adolphus College, where he taught and conducted before relocating to Austin. He currently on the faculty at St. Edward’s University and is artistic director of Living Paper Song Project.
Austin Haller, Associate Music Director
Hailed as “always remarkable” (Austin Chronicle), Austin Haller serves as organist for the Austin Symphony, and he performs regularly with the Grammy®-winning choir Conspirare and with many choral ensembles in Central Texas. He has led hymn festivals and presented solo organ concerts throughout the southern United States, and has previously served as organist at St. David’s Episcopal Church and Northwest Hills United Methodist Church in Austin. His musical theatre music direction “produces a gloriously rich choral sound full of exquisite harmonies” (Broadway World), and he is the grateful recipient of Austin Critics’ Table and B. Iden Payne Awards for Music Direction. He is frequently heard performing with Broadway performers at Austin Cabaret Theatre and at Austin Shakespeare’s cabaret series at Parker Jazz Club. He is an avid runner and a passionate advocate for refugees. Learn more about Austin at austinhallermusic.com.
St. Martin’s Preschool Leadership
Calla Woodall, Preschool Director
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Calla Woodall, began working at St. Martin’s Lutheran Preschool in the spring of 2012. She has taken on many of the roles with in the school, and is very proud to take the reigns as the Director. Calla has lived in Austin since 2005, where she enjoys live music and spending time with her family. She has a seven year old Shih Tzu named Benny which keeps her pretty busy. Calla is looking forward to many more years at St. Martin’s, helping shape young minds and encouraging teachers from all walks of life.
Alexis Redondo, Assistant Preschool Director
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Alexis has worked at St. Martin’s Lutheran Preschool since 2010. In her time at St. Martin’s, she has has worked in the classroom, as support staff and now in an Administration role alongside Calla for their fifth school year. With 12 years in the education profession, she offers support to teachers, students and parents alike. She is a native Texan and has lived in Austin since 2003.