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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 of grace alone.

Ellen Williams
Ellen Williams
Senior Pastor
(512) 537-8706
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...Read More 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.Show Less
Mike Kaase
Mike Kaase
Business Manager
(512) 476-6757 Ext. 1026
Mike is a lifelong member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church who recently joined St. Martin’s staff in August 2016. He previously worked as an Investigator at the Texas Department of...Read More Licensing & Regulation for 22 years before taking an early retirement in July 2016. Mike previously served St. Martin’s several times as Treasurer and was educated at Southwest Texas State University earning an Accounting Degree and MBA. Mike enjoys playing hand bells with the St. Martin’s Ringers and is a lifelong fan of the Cowboys, Astros and Spurs.Show Less
Laney Reed
Laney Reed
Communications Coordinator
(512) 537-0178
Laney is a lifelong member of St. Martin's. She has previously served on staff as Director of Youth and Education and with the Preschool, both as a classroom teacher and...Read More as Music & Movement Teacher and Chapel Director. She is a member of both St. Martin's Choir and Praise Force, and has formerly served in the volunteer education and worship ministries that support and enrich St. Martin's. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in English, minoring in Communications. She enjoys hiking, writing, DIY projects, spending time with family, and playing ukulele!Show Less
Tim O'Brien
Tim O'Brien
Director of Music
(512) 537-4932
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...Read More 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.Show Less
Cason Miller
Cason Miller
Director of Youth Ministry
(512) 537-5698
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...Read More 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!Show Less
Kathy Edgar
Kathy Edgar
Christian Education Coordinator
(512) 537-5308
Kathy is a retired educator with 27 years in Del Valle ISD.  Her experience includes classroom teacher, librarian, and Instructional Technology Director.  Kathy, husband Doug, and family moved to Austin...Read More when Doug retired from the Air Force in 1984.  Kathy was active  as a Sunday School teacher at the Bergstrom AFB chapel until the base closure.  Kathy has three grown children and three grandchildren.Show Less
Austin Haller
Austin Haller
Principal Organist

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...Read More 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.

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Calla Woodall
Calla Woodall
Preschool Director
(512) 476-6757 Ext. 1000
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...Read More 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.Show Less
Alexis Rau
Alexis Rau
Assistant Preschool Director
(512) 476-6757 Ext. 1001
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...Read More 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.Show Less
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