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Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

Oikos Church is led by the Staff, Board of Elders, and the Board of Directors.




Lead Pastor

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Aaron and Sara moved to Houston to love on the community, in hope that the community would see Jesus in them. Aaron has been a pastor since 2004, serving most of his time in Houston. Sara teaches at Travis Elementary where she looks for every opportunity to share the hope she has in Jesus. Together, Aaron and Sara have four children: Abrianna, Zachariah, Aaliyah and Amariah. As a family, they are on mission for Jesus.

In August of 2013, Aaron and Sara knew the Lord was calling them to begin something new. Within a couple of months, Oikos Church began gathering in homes and then at Lutheran High North. As a family, they are far from perfect, but through the grace of God they know they are forgiven and empowered through the work of Jesus. As a family they lead a Missional Community in the First Ward dedicated to developing healthy families at Travis Elementary and in the First Ward. Life has never been better!

​Aaron is a Community Mission Catalyst for the Texas District -- LCMS and a coach for 3D Movements.




Ministry Assistant

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Sylvia is blessed with the opportunity to serve at Oikos and connect with everyone from the members and throughout the community. She primarily provides support to staff and church members by managing the administrative functions of the church.

Sylvia has been honored to serve on the Texas District LCMS Board of Missions for 11 years as well as working with LINC Houston and Trinity Downtown. Throughout these opportunities, she worked and learned from some incredible church workers who discipled others with simplicity, intentionality and accountability. It was moving to see the way they had a discipline of reproducing the life of Jesus in disciples. In Sylvia’s early years, she worked as a Director of Community Relations and the Foundation for Williams. She has also been a Stephen Minister for 18 years and Stephen Leader for 12 years. Stephen ministry taught her that “only God can provide the cure and we can only provide the His care.” Nearly every facet of her career and volunteer work was focused on empowering others to be leaders. Believing that helping others is leadership in its purest form.

Sylvia and her husband of 31 years, Nelson, are both native Texans who prayed long and hard about joining on the journey with a new church plant. In responding “yes” to God, they have seen Him challenge and prune them while always blessing in ways they could have never imagined. They both love spending time with Oikos family, loving their dog, Chulo and taking road trips! They too are blessed with some wonderful nieces and nephews. Regardless of where life leads them, they are blessed to experience the joy of knowing Jesus love and resting in His unfailing plan.





Lead Minister/Vicar - Oikos Montrose

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I am a native of Katy, Texas and lived there the majority of my life before discipling students as a DCE for 3 years in Georgia. Beginning in the fall of 2013, the Lord started to break my heart for the "down-and-outs" of society and I began desiring to see them become a part of a community of believers! This brought me to the realize that the Lord was calling me to leave my full-time, called position in Georgia to move to Houston and see what church planting is all about. Relationships are important to me; starting with a relationship with Jesus then flowing to others. This is key to understanding what it is to be a family on mission in Christ, because we see the relationships Jesus had with the Father, his disciples, and those in the community.

I love Fight'n Texas Aggie sports and will frequently attend football games during the fall!



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Lead Minister/Vicar - Third Ward Oikos

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Howard and his wife, Alyssa, are residents of the Third Ward, Houston, where they lead Third Ward Oikos (T.W.O. Church) & S.O.O.N. Missional Community. S.O.O.N. is an acronym for "Something Out Of Nothing.” Howard is currently a vicar at St. Mark Lutheran to become an ordained pastor and church planter in the LCMS with Oikos Church. His passions include: writing, nerdy things like science fiction, superhero and fantasy films, and sports (Go Titans!). Invite him for a cup of coffee and a conversation and it will make him a happy guy.





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