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Our Leadership

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Ernest Jones

Lead Pastor

Ernest, along with his wife of over 30 years, Jeanna, joined Community Church of the Hills in the lead pastor position in June 2024.  Ernest has many years of experience in the lead pastor role!  He received his BA in Philosophy at Baylor University and his Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Ernest and Jeanna have two children and just welcomed their first grand baby in June 2024!

Ernest says: "I surrendered to the call to vocational ministry as a freshman at Baylor University. From that day forward I have been pursuing and living in that calling. My passion is to spend the rest of my life focused on making disciples."

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Chris Osteguin

Youth Pastor

Chris is graduate from Blanco High School and is an area representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He is actively involved in Johnson City's Young Life chapter as well.  Chris lives with his two sons in Blanco and has called Community Church of the Hills "home" since 2023.  Chris brings an unparalleled amount of energy to his roll as Youth Pastor and we are so blessed to have him!

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Joe Stewart

Elder

Joe is one of the founding members of Community Church of the Hills and has served as elder ever since. He is the owner and broker of Town Creek Realty in Johnson City.  He and his wife, Peggy, reside in Johnson City.

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Tom McEntire

Elder

Tom and his wife, Becky, relocated from Cypress, TX to the hill country just east of Johnson City.  Their two grown children, Kendall and Mason, continue to live in the Houston area.  Tom and Becky met at Southwest Texas State University and were married in 1982.  After a 22-year career as Chief Financial Officer at Geospace Technologies Corporation, Tom retired in 2019.  Tom and Becky were among the founding members of The Church at Cross Lake in Cypress where Tom served as an elder and member of the finance committee.  Prior to 2006, Tom served as an elder at Windwood Presbyterian Church and member of the finance committee.

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Ryan Morlino

Elder

Steve was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA where he served as associate pastor at Hope Chapel in Hermosa Beach for over 15 years.

He studied at Pacific International University and served as a team leader for the Way of the Master's Ambassadors' Academy between 2008 - 2011.

Ryan, along with his wife, Molly and their two children, Logan and Adeline, reside in Johnson City.  Ryan and Molly married in 2005.  Ryan graduated from UTSA's school of engineering in 2007 and began work at Pedernales Electric Coop immediately upon graduating.  Ryan and Molly also own Hye RV and Boat + Mini Storage and Scofield Townhomes.  Needless to say, they are very involved in the community.  The Morlino family have been members of Community Church of the Hills since 2013.
 

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Anais Castillo

Worship Leader

Steve was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA where he served as associate pastor at Hope Chapel in Hermosa Beach for over 15 years.

He studied at Pacific International University and served as a team leader for the Way of the Master's Ambassadors' Academy between 2008 - 2011.

Anais graduated from Christian Music Instituto CanZion in Houston with an associates degree in the arts in 2006.  She and her husband, Leo, along with their two children, Santiago and Diego, have been members of Community Church of the Hills since 2016.  Anais serves as worship leader while Leo serves as sound engineer, Santiago as our drummer and Diego is currently apprenticing on our media team!

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Kasey Smith

Women's Ministry Volunteer

Kasey is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Focus on the Family.  She has dedicated her professional career to working with children and families.  She is a gifted and inspired teacher who uses her outgoing personality and creativity to share the Word of God.  Kasey volunteers her time as Women's Minister at Community Church of the Hills, which includes one on one discipleship, group studies, as well as children's programming and community outreach.  Kasey and her husband Sam, and their children Branson and Sadie, call Johnson City home, and Community Church of the Hills their church.

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Audrey Ryan

AWANA Club Leader

Audrey, her husband, David, and their two young children have been active members of Community Church of the Hills since relocating from Lakeway, TX in 2022. Audrey owns a content writing firm and is a frequent JCISD volunteer. She powers Johnson City’s Awana club and CCH’s children outreach efforts, with Spanish as her second language. Audrey held previous marketing and communications positions in diverse industries spanning from NFL football to software and hospitality.

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