leadership @ Life in the city


brock gillman - Lead Pastor

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Brock was appointed as the Lead Pastor of Life in the City on July 1, 2018. Prior to LITC, Brock had been Associate Pastor at Gruene UMC since 2015.

Brock is the father of two, Reghan and Sterling. One of Brock's favorite things about living a life of ministry is walking alongside others as they discover their gifts and talents, and watching them live into those gifts to further God's kingdom. He enjoys hanging out with family (dogs included) and any and everything to do with the outdoors.


Chansin Esparza - Associate Pastor & Family Minister

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Chansin Esparza serves as our Associate Pastor. She has a background in overseeing connection ministry, youth ministry, journalism, and managing a nonprofit office. She completed a Master of Divinity degree from Truett Seminary at Baylor in 2013, receiving the highest honors of her class. Some of her favorite things about church are LifeGroup discussions, celebrating holidays and milestones together, digging deep into Scripture, and having a family with whom to journey the ups and downs of life. Chansin loves making new friends. 


Sarajane Dailey - Artistic Director

Life in the City Artistic Director, Sarajane Dailey, is a full time performer and has recently joined the faculty of the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance. She performs in a wide variety of genres from classical to pop with concerts at Carnegie Hall and the SXSW Music Festival, but her most rewarding work is with the Arts Team at Life in the City. She has two Grammy nominations with the amazing ensemble Conspirare, and her CD called Shelter is distributed internationally on the Naxos label. She is the proud wife of Austin Symphony Conductor, Peter Bay, and the mother to their beloved son Colin Bay. For more you can go to www.meladailey.com.


Jason Esparza - Pastor to 20s and 30s

Jason is from Sugar Land, Texas and graduated from the University of Houston. He has been working in the insurance industry for over 14 years. While working, he attended Truett Seminary at Baylor and graduated with a Master of Divinity in December 2015. He has a heart for connecting people to one another and to a deeper relationship with God. Jason plans to continue to serve Life In The City without pay in a bivocational role. He enjoys playing golf and participating in endurance sports. He completed his first Ironman triathlon in 2015. Jason and his wife, Chansin, have a miniature pinscher, a son, and a daughter.


Amy Wendland - Director of Media Tech

In her role as Director of Media Tech, Amy fills a variety of technical and church duties. She has expertise in social media, messaging and collaboration and church membership management. Amy has served in many church leadership roles as an adult group leader, lay speaker, and leadership training facilitator. Amy holds degrees in Theology and Business Management. She has been a professional IT leader for 20 years and currently serves the state of Texas as an IT Director. She and her husband Mark are excited to be a part of the ministries of Life in the City.


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Ashley Cuellar - Campus Manager

As Life in the City’s campus manager, Ashley manages the physical needs of the campus as well as the revenue-generating uses of the property with the goal of making Life in the City financially self-sustainable. She also works closely with the music ministry in the area of music administration.