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Serve in the City

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Reaching the unreached and serving the vulnerable

We want to pursue people, in our communities and beyond our borders, with the love of Jesus.

Austin Ridge has identified unique local initiatives where we strategically focus our attention and our resources.

Learn more about our local missions partners and explore other opportunities where you can serve our community.

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Ridge Missions Team

  • Christine Stehno

    Christine Stehno

    Christine was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Since college, Christine has spent time working in Parks and Recreation as well as at a Christian Camp in Sequoia National Forest in California. A trip to Nepal really opened her heart to all aspects of missions. She loves being outside in the sunshine as much as possible, reading, pick-up pickleball games, and watching Husker sports – especially football. Go Big Red! She’s excited to be living in the warmth of the south and grateful for this chapter working in ministry and getting to pursue her passion for people.

  • Clark Richardson

    Clark Richardson

    Clark is a Waco native and a Dallas Baptist University graduate. His non-traditional college and career track within the landscape industry and fundraising/development unknowingly prepared him for such a time as this. Over a number of trips to Uganda, God opened his eyes to how he could use his gifts and talents both locally and globally for the Kingdom. That led him to put his “yes” on the table in 2016, and the rest is history. He married up when landing his beautiful wife, Natalie, in 2010, and they have two children, Graham and Isla. He is a jack of all trades and master of none. He enjoys being a dad of two and when there is time, hunting, sports, dabbling with smoking meat, and campfires.

  • Don Ellsworth

    Don Ellsworth

    Born in New York and raised in Pennsylvania, Don's family relocated to San Diego so he could meet his beautiful wife, Becky. They are blessed with and entertained by their four married kids and kids-in-law, and awesome grandchildren. Don graduated from San Diego Christian College and Dallas Seminary. Don loves going on dates with his wife, anything at the beach, USC football, college football and basketball, Hula Hut, reading, and chocolate. As Missions Pastor, Don loves his job of helping the Ridge reach the unreached and serve the vulnerable in our city and around the world.

  • Ginger Cortinas

    Ginger Cortinas

    Ginger is a native Texan born and raised in Austin who now lives in the Buda area. She and her husband, Henry, have a full house with three grown daughters and five dogs. She enjoys spending time with family, baseball, hiking, traveling, and having a good coffee. She is excited to use her passion for serving others and to be a part of the Austin Ridge team!

  • Lauren Atteberry

    Lauren Atteberry

    Lauren was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Go Blue! After a few too many Michigan winters, she fulfilled her dream of moving to Texas in 2015. She loves watching and collecting movies, cooking, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family. She has always been passionate about helping others and is grateful for all the doors God has opened for her through Austin Ridge. She feels amazingly blessed to serve two areas of ministry as our Mobile Loaves & Fishes Coordinator and Campus Projects Director. She married her best friend and fellow staff member, Shaun, in 2020, and they welcomed their first child in 2021.

  • Uriel Novelo

    Uriel Novelo

    Uriel was born and raised in Mexico City, third generation PK. He graduated from Mexico’s Central Bank School with a BA in Banking and a degree in Corporate Finance. After his career as a stock broker in God’s mercy, God graciously changed Uriel's deepest affections and send him to California to receive an MDIV from The Master’s Seminary. Uriel is madly in love with his high school sweetheart Paty, and together they have three tiny bilingual Jesus followers also called los 3 amigos. As our Latino Pastor, Uriel provides vision, guidance, and spiritual care to our bilingual congregation and has a deep love and innate understanding of our growing immigrant community, their tough lives under the sun, complex challenges, and gracious beautiful colors. Uriel loves training men in the gospel, teaching God’s word in Spanish, dating his wife, laughing with his kids, drinking Mexican chocolate, and playing soccer, ping pong and chess.