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Middle School

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Creating environments for students to know, grow, and serve Jesus

Our middle school ministry creates opportunities for 6th-8th graders to have fun and build friendships while learning what a life centered on Jesus looks like. We break out into small groups, go on retreats, get crazy with events, gather during the week, and serve as a team — all to pursue God and love people!

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Middle School Services

Sundays at 9am

We'd love for you to hang with us this week! Our middle school large group gatherings take place at 9am every Sunday, across all three of our campuses.

Small Groups and Studies

Learn more about additional opportunities for students to grow in their faith and build authentic community at each of our campuses.

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Mountain Camp

06.21 - 06.26 | Glorieta Adventure Camps; Glorieta, NM

Join us for the best week of the summer! We're headed to the mountains for our first-ever Mountain Camp at Camp Eagle in Glorieta, NM. This is our annual summer camp for students in 6th-12th grade.

Upcoming Events

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We want to partner with you to help your students know, grow, and serve Jesus.

serve with Ridge Students

We are always looking for small group leaders, event volunteers, and others who want to invest in the lives of middle school students.

Ridge Students Team

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  • Ali Hutcherson

    Ali Hutcherson

    Ali was born and raised in San Antonio (with a few of those years spent in Oklahoma). She received her BA in Curriculum and Instruction, with a dual focus on Special Education and General Education, from Texas State University. Ali has a Young Life background, so she thrives in relational ministry and loves the relationships she has made with students and their families here at Austin Ridge.

    Fun facts: Ali is also a dancer and a vocalist! When she’s not hanging out with students she is attending a concert, putting on her own, taking a dance class, hiking a mountain, or is road tripping to see her family.

  • Bailey Walman

    Bailey Walman

    Bailey is a very passionate guy and it shows-through his love for the Lord, his wife (Jacqueline), family, and MOVIES! He grew up at the hands of movies, musicals, and theme parks, and oftentimes it's the only life he ever knew until he met Jesus…Nowadays, he is driven with the same passion to lead students through engaging worship and creative experiences that bring the next generation together for God’s glory and their good in Austin, TX! Bailey and Jacqueline are grateful and stoked to be a part of what God’s done, is doing, and will do at the Ridge!

  • Brittany Oligney

    Brittany Oligney

    Brittany is back in Texas after 15 years working in the military and civilian aviation worlds. She has a heart to walk alongside Christians in their journeys and is excited to be supporting Austin Ridge in building kingdom. Brittany will always say yes to an adventure, especially if it involves being in the mountains, on the lake or in the air. No matter what the day brings, she tackles it with a chocolate-chip cookie in hand and a worship playlist in her earbuds.

  • Caleb Vance

    Caleb Vance

    Caleb has lived in multiple locations, Maryland in his younger years and Ohio for his high school and college season, and now ATX. He grew up surrounded by faithful ministry, as his dad has been a pastor since he was born. His love for the Church was influenced by his parent’s faithfulness in ministry, as well as from God’s calling in his own life. Caleb married his high school sweetheart, Brooke, and tends to talk about her a lot. He seeks to be a student of the Word and of culture, as he believes that God has big plans in store for this next generation for their good and for His glory. Caleb loves sports, skateboarding, video games, and movies - especially sci-fi and action movies. He is excited to see all that God has in store for the next generation in Dripping Springs!

  • Coley Stephens

    Coley Stephens

    Coley is originally from Keller, Texas, and then attended the University of North Texas. He studied communication and philosophy while at UNT. He was in college ministry for 6 years and loves reading God's word and sharing his faith with others. Usually, you can find him at local coffee shops reading, working out and staying active, or enjoying quality time with friends!

  • Grace Krause

    Grace Krause

    Grace grew up in Austin and attended the Ridge with her family. Though she loved her time here as a student, Grace never thought she would be working at Austin Ridge! Grace is passionate about students having a personal relationship with Jesus and hopes to be just a small part of that life-long journey. She is happily married to her best friend Tim, and they love living out in the Hill Country together. When not hanging with students, Grace is finding new coffee shops, loving on her pets Hank and Frankie, catching up with friends or attempting to beat her husband at pickleball.

  • Holly Dvorak

    Holly Dvorak

    Originally from Virginia and more recently a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, Holly and Todd relocated to Austin in 2018. God’s perfect timing led them to Texas just as the youngest of their three sons graduated from college. Now that their boys live all over the United States, their favorite pastime is planning great trips and adventures where they can reconnect as a family and enjoy the amazing scenery and handiwork of God. On a more personal note, Holly's passion for all things "organization" has been a blessing to the many homes and families she has served over the years as a family manager coach. Now, God is using those gifts and talents at the Dripping Springs campus.

  • Jason Underhill

    Jason Underhill

    Jason was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University and Southwestern Seminary. He was a public school teacher and has been in full-time ministry since 2000. He is married to Sarah, and they have five children, Katie Beth, Everett, Nolan, and twins, Lyla and Sosie. He enjoys exploring new places during family vacations, coaching youth sports, and watching his favorite teams (Vanderbilt, Yankees, and Steelers). In order to reach all generations and families for Christ, Jason is passionate about equipping individuals with the necessary tools and motivations to authentically share their stories and impact others around them.

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