Our Staff


Our Pastors

Pastors Jim & Sylvia Patterson have been serving our church since 2002. In 2008, they decided to rededicate our church as Life Connection Church and since then have focused on building the church from the ground up with new processes, purpose, and vision. Our Pastors have a vision to connect people first to God, to each other, and to the world.

On a personal note, the Patterson’s have 3 daughters: Tanya, Celeste, and Joanna, 3 son in laws: Jonathan, Daniel, and Garrett, plus they have 8 grandchildren! All of their children serve the Lord in ministry and live in the Austin metro area.

Pastor Sylvia has a deep desire to connect women to God through prayer bible study, worship, and discipleship. She enjoys connecting women of all ages to each other in friendship, gathering , enjoying, and supporting each other. A fun fact about Pastor Sylvia is that she is fearless! She will ride any roller coaster, hopes to one day skydive, and loves to do things that are silly and even messy!

Pastor Jim has the heart of pastor that loves to be involved in disciplining people and reaching the nations for Christ. He wants to equip men to be the leaders of their home and help connect them to their destiny. Each week as he delivers the word of God, Pastor Jim is lead by the convictions of the Holy Spirit and delivers the message through humor, illustrations, and much more!  Pastor Jim was born and raised in Tennessee and enjoys what he calls ‘pickin’ and ‘grinin’ on the guitar.


Children’s Pastor

David Gallaway

About Pastor David:

Ministry Role & Responsibility: The vision of Life Kids is to develop young children to connect to God, Each Other, and the World. We love to see the lives of children change and through them the lives of their families. The goal is to create an atmosphere for children to encounter God in a real way that can relate. My responsibility is to make sure that the children are excited about learning God’s word and that all of our ministry goals are accomplished.

Family: I have been married to my wonderful wife for almost 11 years! We have two children here with us at Life Connection, Grant – 9 years old and Sydney-7years old, they enjoy being a part of the ministry team as well!

Member Of Life Connection Church Since: My wife and I became members of Life Connection in 2013. We love the friendly atmosphere and the family feel that you encounter here at every service.

On Staff Since: August 2013

Favorite Scripture: My favorite scripture is John 14:21 that says “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” I cherish the promise that God will manifest Himself to me. It’s incredible!

Fun Fact about: Most people don’t know , but I am a classical guitar player and I am also a very experienced stage actor!

Contact Information

Email: Dgallaway@lifeconnectionrr.org

Creative Arts Director

Garrett Moreno

About Garrett Moreno:

Ministry Role & Responsibility: It is my privilege to serve as the Creative Arts Director at LCC. My main goal & responsibility is to manage the teams of people responsible for creating an atmosphere of worship and an environment that is innovative and exciting. I am also excited to be able to incorporate the vision of our Pastors in these ministries as we raise up leaders, train musicians, and set the stage for people to encounter the love of God.

Family: I have the best wife in the whole world! My wife Joanna and I have the amazing opportunity to serve along side each other at LCC. We have two awesome daughters, Hannah & Emily!

Member of Life Connection Church Since: 2005

On Staff Since: 2010

Favorite Scripture:have so many favorite scriptures throughout the Bible, but the one that I seem to always go back to is Romans 5:3-5 which says “More than that,REJOICE in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put is to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” It is a reminder everyday that no matter what seems to happen, God’s taking care of me and building me up to be the Man of God that HE has called me to be!

Fun Fact About: Besides music, I love technology (I’m kind of a nerd), gaming, hunting and working out.

Contact Information:

Email: gmoreno@lifeconnectionrr.org

Administrative Assistant

Joanna Moreno

About Joanna Moreno:

Ministry Role & Responsibility: I have the opportunity to serve in all areas of ministry at Life Connection Church. My responsibility is to equip leaders, assist in church organization, plan events, and work along side the Pastors of our church to carry out the vision that God has given them.

Family: I have an incredibly talented husband, Garrett, who is not only my best friend but also my partner in ministry at LCC. We have a beautiful, smart, and talented daughter Hannah who is 4 years old and we recently welcomed our second child ,Emily ,to the world!

Member Of Life Connection Church Since: 2005

On Staff Since: 2007

Favorite Scripture: One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” This verse reminds me that I am not in control! I know that God has a plan and if I yield myself completely to Him, that He will take me where I need to go!

Fun Fact about : I have never ridden a horse, I love roller coasters, and I am terrible at sports 🙂 I love music, hanging out with friends, and have a passion for teaching preschoolers! I also love to drive golf carts!

Contact Information:

Email: jmoreno@lifeconnectionrr.org
Phone: 512-255-0552

Youth Pastor

Tanya DeMent

About Tanya DeMent:

Ministry Role & Responsibility: With the help of my co-leasers, my responsibility is to disciple our middle school & high school students in their journey with Christ. Our goal is to connect students to God, Each Other, and the World.

Family: I’ve been married to my husband, Jonathan, since 2002. We’re blessed with a son and two daughters who keep us busy and laughing.

Member Of Life Connection Church Since: 2002

On Staff Since: 2007

Favorite Scripture: Romans 8:38-39. Life is tough; so often I need this reminder that no circumstance or personal shortcoming can get in God’s way of loving me!

Fun Fact about : In my limited free time, I enjoy running, camping, and holding random family dance parties in my living room.

Contact Information

Email: tanyadement@gmail.com

First Connections Associate Director

Linda Rider

About Linda Rider:

Ministry Role & Responsibility: As the First Connections Associate Director, I am available to our congregation and church guests to help give out information and welcome them to our church. I help to lead the teams of people responsible for greeting, parking, hosting, and ushering.

Family: I am the mother of two great children; Tanaya and Derek.

Member Of Life Connection Church Since:   I was baptized in this church in 1997. I have been attending here since 1997.

On Staff Since: 2013

Favorite Scripture: I enjoy John 8:12. Jesus is the light of the world and I pray His light will shine through me.   I want to be a reflection of His love and light.

Fun Fact about :   I am a 5-year cancer survivor. Thank you Jesus !

Contact Information

Email:  Rider500@sbcglobal.net