Leadership

Elders & Staff

CITY LIFE CHURCH is led by biblically qualified pastor/elders, staff, and deacons that take seriously the responsibility to pastor the church and renew the city. Although the City Life staff works together to lead the church, our primary role is to equip the whole church for whole ministry in the whole city. As a result, we train and elevate City Group Leaders (deacons or elders) in the important work of pastoral and missional leadership.

  • Jonathan Dodson

    Jonathan Dodson Lead Pastor

    Jonathan serves the church with Vision, Theology, and Leadership. He is married to Robie and father to Owen, Ellie, and Rosamund. He is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div; Th.M) and author of several books including Gospel-Centered Discipleship and The Unbelievable Gospel. Among other things, he enjoys smoking his pipe, chewing on a good piece of theology, and listening to M. Ward.

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  • Paul D. Miller

    Paul D. Miller Elder

    Paul serves as a non-vocational Elder at City Life Church. He is the associate director of the Clements Center for National Security at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a PhD in international relations and a BA in government from Georgetown University, as well as a master in public policy from Harvard University. He is a contributing editor of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy and a research fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He and his wife, Jennilee, moved to Austin with their three children in 2014.

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  • John Seago

    John Seago Elder

    John serves as a non-vocational Elder at City Life Church. He is a Patient Advocate and Lobbyist and works on bioethical policies in the Texas Legislature. He has lived in Austin since 2013 with his wife Brandy and two children Nahum and Sophia. John graduated from Southeastern College in Wake Forest, North Carolina with a double major in History of Ideas and Biblical Studies. He studied Philosophy at the University of Dallas for several years and received his Master’s in Bioethics from Trinity International University in Chicago.
  • Matt Irving

    Matt Irving Elder

    Matt serves as a non-vocational elder at City Life Church. He runs Business Development and Partnerships for Able Lending and serves as a Strategic Advisor Start Ups focused on Small Businesses. He has a Bachelor Of Arts from Texas Tech University with concentrations in Philosophy, Psychology, and Mass Communications. He and his wife Danielle have lived in Austin since 2012 and they have two children.
  • Peter Craig

    Peter Craig Elder

    Peter serves as a non-vocational elder at City Life Church. He and his wife, Erin, moved to Austin in 2013 and, by God's grace, have three beautiful daughters: Ellie, Lydia, and Tirfe. Inspired at a young age to become a filmmaker, Peter is the Executive Director of Moving Works, a non-profit filmmaking ministry that makes films about faith in Christ for faith in Christ in cultures around the world. Peter and his family enjoy "Friday movie nights", feasting on Ethiopian Food, and hanging out with their neighbors on the front lawn.
  • Preston McGee

    Preston McGee Director of Operations

    Preston serves as a Deacon and the Director of Operations. He is married to Robin and father to Joy, Kirsi, and Rosie.

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  • Austin Davidson

    Austin Davidson Director of Worship & Liturgical Formation

    Austin serves as the Director of Worship and Liturgical Formation. He is married to Shannon and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Electronic Media & Communication. Austin enjoys movies, songwriting, traveling, and more.

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  • Jennilee Miller

    Jennilee Miller Director of Children's Ministry

    Jennilee has the joy of overseeing ministry to children as families seek to teach and train the next generation in the wisdom of the Lord. A self-proclaimed curriculum nerd, she graduated from Southwest Baptist University with a degree in early childhood and elementary education. She loves being married to Paul, and their lives are messier, noisier and so much more wonderful thanks to their three children. She loves adoption stories, cooking, British television, and quality family time.

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  • Robie Dodson

    Robie Dodson Director of Ministry to Women

    Robie serves as Director of Ministry to Women at City Life. Robie is married to Jonathan and mom to Owen, Ellie and Rosamund.

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