John Chandler – Pastor/Local Theologian
The term “local theologian” uniquely captures a primary role John desires to play in our community. John seeks to reveal how God is at work around us by listening to the voices of our local context and framing them within God’s greater story as we find it in history and the Scriptures.
John and his wife, Sherri, have been married since 1994. They have three young children – two daughters, and one (very nurtured) son. Before to moving to Austin in 2008, John and his family served at churches in metro Seattle and Phoenix. John holds an MA in Christian Studies from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and a BA in Church Leadership from Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. He has also worked as a freelance WordPress designer and developer, helping to put together nearly 100 websites.
Chris Morton – Community Developer
Chris Morton arrived in Austin, Texas, after growing up in Denver, and getting sidetracked in Arkansas, Georgia and San Antonio. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary’s MA in Global Leadership. He is most passionate about connecting people, first to Jesus, but also to new friends and helpful resources. His interests can be summed up with five “Bs”: Bible-Bicycle-Blog-Batman-Beer.
Daniel Read – Liturgy Curator
Daniel was born on a cool day in September, in Tyler Tx. He moved to Austin at a ripe young age of 10 and started playing music at church not long after that. In 2013 Daniel found his way to Austin Mustard Seed and now works as the Resident Musician and Liturgy Curator. Aside from work as AMS Daniel is pursuing a Masters in Counseling and Clinical Health at Seminary of The Southwest. In his spare time you will likely find him riding his bike or taking food photos for his Instagram feed.
Shane Blackshear – Leadership Team
Shane lives with his wife Kate and daughter Margot. Shane is a Realtor by day and podcaster in his spare time. Shane likes reading theology and watching good TV.
Ashley Blackwell – Leadership Team
Ashley is passionate about creating safe spaces within the church for people to encounter God in ways that allow them to move toward renewed hope and freedom from previously held patterns of relating. Her desire is to see people know and love Jesus and each other through genuine community. As an attachment based therapist, she views God as the ultimate attachment figure and relationships as a space where we join one another in seeking to identify where God is moving. Ashley grew up in Texas and attended Texas A&M for undergrad and Denver Seminary for her MA in Counseling. Ashley is married to Brett and has a son, Jack. In her free time, she loves playing soccer, eating tacos and spending time with family and friends.
Kevin Jordan – Leadership Team
Kevin is married to Karen and they have two grown “boys”, Matthew and Nathan. He served as a pastor and church planter for over 25 in urban settings in Chicago, Wisconsin and New York, and now works as a hospice chaplain in Austin. He enjoys hiking with his wife, listening to Jazz and progressive bluegrass, reading theology, and indie films.
April Karli – Leadership Team
April grew up in Austin and attended Concordia University. When she and her husband Matt got married in 1998, they decided to make it their home. April has been involved in church leadership since she could talk in the church nursery. She is passionate about helping people learn to hear God and grow closer to who God created them to be. April has her hands in various projects which vary from homeschooling her two daughters, to driving her daughters to and from everywhere, to working as a contributing writer on a Sunday School curriculum for sparkhouse.