John Hatfield

Music & Associate Pastor | john@ecclesiaclearlake.org

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John’s family moved from Oklahoma to Texas when he was in middle school, so he’s lived in the Clear Lake Area longer than he lived anywhere else. And that’s a good thing. Answering a call to vocational ministry (that’s church-speak for working in the church) as a teenager, John has served churches throughout the Houston area for almost 20 years. He is passionate about art and creativity and how those things intersect with expressions of worship. In addition to serving as a pastor and elder at Ecclesia Clear Lake, John is a co-host of the Hymnistry podcast (www.hymnistry.com), a show for people who lead hymns, and people who love hymns. He also co-hosts the monthly Houston Worship Leader Roundtable breakfast at Grace Bible Church in the Heights. He gets really excited when people find their calling in the Kingdom of God and begin to use their gifts to help create the world as it could be. Ask him about “narrative liturgical theory” sometime (when you have an hour or so).

John married Erin (she’s amazing) in 2006 and they live in Webster with their son Archer (who’s just the coolest). He enjoys parenthetical statements, woodworking, great Texas BBQ, football (Sooners and Texans), and binge-watching Netflix in his spare time.

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Rhiana Cass

Administrative Assistant | rhianatitus@gmail.com

Now, this is a story all about how
My life got to where it is now
And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the Administrative Assistant at Ecclesia Clear Lake.

On Military bases born and raised
In the art studio was where I spent most of my days
Chillin’ out paintin’ creatin’ all cool
And all teaching some 5th graders outside of the school
When a couple of Ecclesians, including my husband, it’s true
Started building community in my neighborhood
I got in one little Missional Community and my mom got giddy
She said I’m so glad your family lives in League City

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Stewart Cooper

Elder | stew@ecclesiaclearlake.org

Stewart was born in LaMarque Texas, raised in Texas and Georgia and earned his high school diploma from Clear Lake High School. Stew and his wife, Melissa, met while in the youth group at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, which is where they got married and raised all three of their children. Both Stewart and Melissa have been involved in church leadership since they were teenagers, leading Bible studies, serving on building and pastor search committees, planning church-wide events and leading music. In 2002, Stew and his family joined Clear Creek Community Church serving in youth ministries and music and in 2009 they came to Ecclesia Clear Lake, where Stew joined the elder team in April of 2011.

Stew and Melissa saw all three of their kids, Coop, Chris and Sarah, graduate from Clear Creek High School (it was hard to switch from Falcons to Wildcats!) and make extremely awesome transitions into adulthood, and they celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2014. Stew’s favorite pastime is begging his wife to go on ski vacations, and he also still enjoys working out with weights and stuff. You’d be hard pressed not to find Stew, at some point, sitting at Starbucks with his Kindle in his left hand and a Chai tea in his right, and over the last few years both Mel and Stew have cultured a sort of boarding house right here in the LC at what Ecclesia-ers lovingly call ‘The Compound.’ Feel free to ask him about it!

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Josh Ellis

Elder | josh@ubahouston.org

Josh was born and raised in Colorado, but came to Houston (more specifically Katy) in 1996 to complete a summer youth ministry internship. And he never left. He finished an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree, and recently completed his PhD from Dallas Baptist University. After several years serving in church staff positions, Josh joined the staff of Union Baptist Association as a church consultant where he is now one of the Associate Directors.

Most importantly, Josh married his college sweetheart (and Clear Creek HS alum) Valerie in 2000 and they have two boys, Gavin and Callen. Josh is slowly coming to grips with being the only Colorado native among his otherwise Texan family. Josh tries to get back to Colorado as much as possible, especially when his beloved Broncos are playing so he can watch them surrounded by his large Bronco-crazy family. Josh enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, taking advantage of the vast array of Tex-Mex and barbecue options in Houston, and will eventually start reading for fun once he’s sure there are no assignments attached. Josh and his family came to ECL in 2012 and he joined the elder team in 2014.

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Lucas and Lacy Hilbrich

Elders | lucas@ecclesiaclearlake.org lacy@ecclesiaclearlake.org

LacyLacy and Lucas are mom and dad to Anna Jane and Ally.

Lacy is a full-time mom and her interests include LUSH, the weather, knitting and growing up. A 4th generation Baylor Bear, she bleeds green and gold. You’ll often catch her listening to everything from Pink to Bon Jovi in her car and watching “Criminal Minds” and “30 for 30” on TV. She loves dark chocolate, key lime pie and anything with cream cheese in it. She is an avid concert goer and had converted her teenager to share her passion for music. She plays a pink bass and has multiple tattoos, just like every other suburban mom, right? Her favorite ECL moments have happened in her living room- she loves being a church that happens all week!

Lucas is a Chemical Engineering grad from Texas A & M. He has been in the oil and gas industry for 15 years. He has worked for Shell in Deer Park the last 3 years. You’ll often find him mountain biking, road biking and hanging out with his ladies (but not necessarily in that order). He enjoys listening to everything from the David Crowder Band to Chevelle and lots in between. If it wasn’t for ESPN, he wouldn’t need a television. He takes pride in the fact that he is raising his girls to love and play sports. There is nothing better than watching football with his family. He enjoys a good steak and prefers to keep his hidden talents hidden. Favorite ECL moments are too many to list but he believes the best is yet to come.

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Melissa Pride

Elder | melissa@blueskydesigns.net

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Melissa is a native Texan, hailing from Alta Loma (now Santa Fe), Texas. She met husband Ron when she was a sophomore in high school and he was a senior. They married in 1978, while Melissa was a student at Texas A&M. She is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie class of ’80. After 12 years in Plano, Texas, where both their kids, Ryan and Becca were born, Melissa and Ron moved to Friendswood to be closer to family. Melissa worked in technical sales until Becca was born, then owned several small businesses while the children were young. In Friendswood, she started a small scrapbooking store and has worked for the subsequent owners for 18 years. Her favorite things include crocheting (or more specifically, buying yarn), yoga, cooking, visiting Austin, and being with her husband, kids and pups. Melissa has made a second (or third) career of volunteering. She has served in four churches (over a period of 30 years), several mission organizations, Generation One, Builders Without Borders of Texas, Cub Scouts of America, and more. Her passion is serving, and loving and encouraging young adults and all those who serve.

Her first pivotal ECL moment came in the first Missional Community she and Ron attended. The second meeting of the group was a few days after Hurricane Ike hit the area, and the group of people in the living room where the MC met jumped into action and took on multiple cleanup projects immediately. This was proof that the Prides had found their church home, and this has been reinforced through many, many more ECL moments.

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Marla Morris

Elder | marlaflippin.morris@gmail.com

marlaMarla grew up in League City (go Wildcats!). She holds B.S. in electronic media from Abilene Christian University where she worked for the local NPR  station. After graduation she returned to Houston to work in local news and marketing for several years. Marla met her husband Josh at a church youth group lock-in. They have been married 12 years and have two children, Kate (age 8) and Noah (age 4).
Marla’s family came to check out ECL in 2015 when searching for a new church home and never left–it was a perfect fit. A self-proclaimed news nerd, in her spare time she enjoys listening to NPR podcasts, running, knitting, drinking coffee (the stronger the better) and spending time outside with her family. Camping trips and beach days are the best–even in “G-town brown” water.

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