Meet the Staff

We believe we have one of the brightest, most experienced, innovative, creative, and faith-filled church staffs. But you might also be surprised to find foodies, bookworms, art and music lovers of all kinds, coffee lovers, tea aficionados and taco experts, just like you. You will always hear laughter and lively conversation spilling out of the offices at 8001 Mesa Drive.

Stop by from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on any week day to say hello. 


Elizabeth Boone McLean • Pastor/Head of Staff

Explorer. Color Coder. Chef Wannabe. Amateur Art critic.

I am an intellectual at heart who pursues knowledge and ideas that have a practical use in fulfilling our call to bring God honor and glory. In other words, with a heart being constantly filled with God’s love, how do we best share that love with our neighbors? That is the guiding question of my life and ministry.

I love to learn all sorts of things: painting, cooking, traveling, theology, history, creative writing, preaching, spiritual practices, names and stories of every one I meet. I love to connect others, to God and to each other. I love to dream big and brainstorm ideas for ministry and discern which idea God wants us to pursue. I love a good story and a good laugh and learning about each of you.

 

Sarah Allen • Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families

Ice cream lover. Lifelong learner. Always up for a game of tag.

I love the way FPCA nurtures children and young people in the love of God and stories of faith. Some of my favorite moments happen on retreats  and mission trips with the youth where we simultaneously learn, grow in our faith, and laugh until we cry (plus there are  always Oreos!).

The joy of being a pastor is helping children, young people and their families grow to know God's love and love our neighbors as Jesus loves us. Together, we serve our neighbors, whether they be in our congregation or at the border of our nation, seeking safe refuge.

 

Dr. Josh Maize • Director of Music and the Arts

coffee, good coffee. food enthusiast. dog-lover.

I love FPCA’s friendliness and inclusiveness, the church's love for music and arts, and the focus on outreach and missions. Our music ministry offers opportunities for all ages and abilities to express their faith and talents. I love witnessing music’s ability to help people better understand scripture and to connect with God.   

You can often find me in the kitchen trying out a new recipe, playing with my dog and cat, exploring a new trail, or watching too much TV.

 

Jane Bassett • Director of Church Operations

Iced chai. Scented candles. Party planner. Always a mom.

Unconditional love. A servant heart. Unselfish support. FPCA embodies everything I love about family. I treasure my time with family and love this giant extended church family as my own. This ever-changing congregation has constantly provided this organizer, planner, policy writing, budget-loving, software geek with challenging projects and volunteer support.

 

Leigh Ann Ballew • Director, First Presbyterian Day School

chronic diet coke drinker. Voracious Reader.

When I was a little girl my career goal was to be a babysitter or have 100 children of my own. I am excited I get to come to work every day to see the children's faces as they walk into the day school and hear their stories throughout the day. It is fun being a part of their journey. 

I think the physical grounds of FPCA are so inspiring. I love the trees, the labyrinth, the stained glass, the playground, the wildlife, and the trickling waterfall in the courtyard. I love the people who are part of the staff here and who have the most amazing vision of ways to serve the Austin community. 

 

Tisho Arline • Financial Administrator

fuzzy socks. Uber-mom. Foodie.

Accounting has been my life for more than 25 years, but I am not at all a straight-laced, boring person. I love to laugh and make others laugh. The joy that fills this place has helped me build deep relationships with this church family and this special staff team.

I’m not a member, but I feel at home here. Christmas is my favorite holiday, so this is where I love to attend Christmas concerts.

 

Tricia Alexander • Administrative Assistant

artist. maker. doodler. Lover of music. tea and tacos.

At FPCA, the sermons inspire, the people are welcoming, and the music moves you — especially the early service jazz band. I get to be creative and work at a place that I care about. I also love getting to know many of the church members who volunteer at FPCA and those who come into the office during the week for small group meetings and bible study.

You’ll always see me at the All-Church Retreat, the Advent and Christmas services, and the Book Club.

 
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Bill Collentine • Custodian

Cheesehead. Papa to Many. Pepsi in a styrofoam cup please.

With a servant’s heart, I have served churches in Austin for many decades as the custodial and maintenance expert. I have served Bethany United Methodist, St. David’s Episcopal, St. Matthew’s Episcopal, the Emmaus Catholic Church, and have been working for First Presbyterian  Church since 2010. I love church work and especially the people and kids that call this place home. 

My wife and I are Papa and Nana to many youth and young adults who have needed parents due to broken homes, juvenile records, and homelessness. One never knows how many will show up to share grace and family time at a Collentine Thanksgiving table and to watch the Packer’s game with this Wisconsin Cheesehead.