Below are bios of the wonderful people who make up the staff of this church. The bios are nice, but your best bet is to get to know them in person!

Pastors

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Joseph Moore
 

Joseph Moore, Pastor

 Joseph was called to fill the newly-created role of co-pastor at Central in early 2010. With the retirement of Greg McDonell in 2012, Joseph was given the position of pastor. He is a graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity degree as well as the Charles King Preaching Award, the highest award for preaching given at the seminary. Joseph is not a native Texan, and while he didn't get here as fast as he could... he thinks Austin is an amazing place to live.  In his free time Joseph enjoys reading, working on his family's camper (which is perpetually broken), and running ultramarathons.  Joseph and his wife, Shelley, have two children. 

According to Joseph one of the great joys of working at Central comes from watching the way in which this community of faith truly believes that everyone is a child of God worthy of love.  He is humbled by Central's long committment to downtown, its rich history, and its inclusive theology.  And he is deeply excited that the best days of Central are still ahead of us. 

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Kim Rogers
 

Kim Rogers, Associate Pastor

 Kim was called as Associate Pastor at Central in mid-2013. She is a graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she received a Master of Divinity degree as well as the Pile-Morgan Fellowship and the Crawley Fellowship. Before attending seminary, Kim worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor with at-risk youth and their families. Kim has an extremely supportive husband, Don, and together they are the proud parents of Samantha, “Sam,” who has been a regular participant in the CPC youth group since 2011.

Kim has enjoyed working with the youth, planning mission trips, and being part of the creation and implementation of The Central Mission, the homeless and low-income ministry program. She is very excited and extremely grateful to God for this amazing opportunity to serve God’s people

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Parish Associates

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Rev. Tom Estes

Tom Estes, Parish Associate

In August 2002, Tom Estes became our Parish Associate for Pastoral Care. Tom moderates the Board of Deacons, helps supervise seminary interns, and assists Joseph with other pastoral duties. He and his wife Sally moved to Austin in retirement in late 2001. They have five children and nine grandchildren.

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Rev. Mary Swierenga

Mary Swierenga, Parish Associate

In November 2011, Mary Swierenga became our Parish Associate for Adult Education. A graduate of both Wesley and Columbia Theological Seminaries, Mary served as the Pastor for Spiritual Formation for 17 years in Vienna, VA. After 35 years in the D.C. area, she moved to Austin in April 2011 to live near her children and grandchildren.

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Rev. David Duncan

David Duncan, Parish Associate 2009-2012

David Duncan was our Parish Associate for Evangelism from June, 2009, until his death in October, 2012. David served as pastor and interim in congregations all over Texas and in Arkansas and Tennessee. After retiring in 2004, he and his wife Molly came to Austin and CPC. David was a graduate of Austin Seminary.

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Office Staff

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Win Bent
Win Bent, Church Secretary and Webmaster

Although he started working in the church office in 2004, Win has been a friend of CPC since he and his wife, Susan Richter, moved to Austin in 1996. In addition to working in the church office, he can occasionally be found providing music for Sunday morning services.

Win also enjoys – yes, enjoys! – computer programming and administration.
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Rick Carlson
Rick Carlson, Bookkeeper

Arriving at CPC in 2000, Rick has served as an employee, a deacon, an elder, and of course as a dedicated member! Thanks to the influential guidance of various pastors and interns, he is now a student at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

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Music Staff

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Cindy Couch
Cindy Couch, Director of Music Ministry

Cindy has been the director of music at Central for almost twenty years. She has a master's degree in conducting and was a high school choir director for 30 years. Her high school choirs were widely recognized as some of the best in the state and Cindy received a state teaching award for excellence . She is the founder of the River City Pops, an adult community choir, which is one of the oldest continuous community choirs in Austin.

Cindy has performed with such groups as Aspen Music Festival choir, Chamber Singers from the University of Texas, the San Antonio Chorale, Houston Theater Under the Stars, Handel Haydn Society, Zachery Scott Theater, the State Theater, Austin Pro Chorus and Conspirare.
She has served as vocal chairman for region 18, as a presenter at state conventions, as a region choir director, and is active as a clinician, consultant, and adjudicator.

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Nathan Quiring
Nathan Quiring, Organist

Nathan was raised in Plainfield, NJ, where he started learning to play the piano as soon as he learned to read. After college, Nathan moved back to New Jersey to pursue his career in architecture and played the organ as an intern for the United Presbyterian Church of Plainfield. Fortunately for us, he and his wife, Kiera, decided to relocate to Austin!

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Christian Education and Childcare Staff

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Carolina Treviño
Carolina Treviño, Christian Educator for Children & Youth

Carolina is a life-long Presbyterian and recently received her Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  She grew up in Austin and enjoys walking around Lady Bird Lake, perfecting her chili recipe, practicing Spanish, and will eventually fulfill her life-long desire to learn the fiddle.  Carolina thinks Christian Education is really fun and tries to make it fun for the kids at Central, too.

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Other Staff

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Kathi Thomas
Kathi Thomas, Wedding Coordinator

Kathi Thomas, PFCI, TMF, has been involved in the special event industry for over 30 years, including since 1983 here in Austin. She is a member of American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) and Professional Floral Commentators International (PFCI.) Kathi has extensive experience in working with couples and their families to help make their wedding or holy union go smoothly. She has a degree in music and is happy to assist couples in selecting music for their event. "Our goal at CPC", says Kathi, "is to assist you in having a smoothly operating wedding or holy union at Central Presbyterian Church, with things happening the way you want them for your special day."

Thursday Concert Coordinator

Kathi Thomas has loved music most of her life, from hearing Ferrante & Teicher  and Roger Williams as a child when her parents played their records, to Pete Seger & Peter, Paul & Mary when her sister played her albums, to piano lessons, band and a major in music. Kathi was a music major at Sam Houston State University on a full music scholarship, and then transferred & finished her degree at UT Austin, where she was a member of the Longhorn Band, Wind Ensemble, UT Orchestra, and Sigma Alpha Iota, (national music fraternity for women.) Following college, Kathi taught band for a year in SE Texas, and then left to go into her family’s florist business. Kathi is still in the floral business, but also enjoys music as an avocation. She plays in the Hill Country Community Band and Longhorn Alumni Band, and was formerly a member of the CPC Handbell Choir and the Austin Symphonic Band.

As volunteer Concert Coordinator, Kathi is responsible for booking musicians for 49-50 Thursday concerts each year. She considers these concerts a gift to the city of Austin and has volunteered for this program since 2003. She is appreciative of the generosity of the musicians of the greater Austin in helping these concerts survive and thrive since their beginning in 1980.

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