Brian and his wife Heather live in Ovilla. They were married in 1990 and have five children and one grandchild! All five children are active members at Vertical Church.  Brian has been a pastor for twelve years and prior to that served in the roles of student pastor, school administrator, and administrative pastor. He and his wife Heather enjoy time with the family, playing games, outdoor cookouts, and reading.

Senior Pastor

Caleb has been interested in playing drums and writing and recording music from a very young age. When he was 20, he showed interest in leading people into worship at youth groups, camps, retreats and events. Caleb and his wife Briana, the keys player in the Vertical Church Worship Band, married in the first week of 2017. They live in Red Oak and love spending time with friends and family. He enjoys listening to and playing music, playing board games and hanging out at coffee shops, where his favorite order Is a chai tea latte.

Worship Pastor

Student Pastor

Student Pastor

Shari and her husband, Ismael, a member of the Vertical Leadership Team, have lived in Waxahachie since 2004 and are happily busy parents of four precious children: Tori, Sasha, Aidan, and Asher and grandparents to Abigail.  In 2016 they adopted their oldest son from Ukraine.  Passionate about orphan care, she serves as a Family Coach for Host Ukraine, Eastern Europe’s largest orphan initiative, dedicated to improving the lives of Ukrainian orphans through hosting.  Shari enjoys camping, hiking and traveling with her family as well as reading, Sci-Fi movies, and theater.

Children’s Director

Mika and her husband Bill, a trustee at Vertical Church, moved to Waxahachie in 2008. They have one beautiful daughter, Baylee who enjoys serving alongside her Mom in Elevate Kids Ministry. Mika and her family have a passion for teaching kids about the love of Jesus!  Her favorite age group in Elevate are the inquisitive, and energetic pre-schoolers! Mika loves going on walks, reading, shopping, hanging out with friends, and watching her husband compete for the Vertical Men’s Softball team. The pair can often be found on the sidelines of soccer fields around the metroplex cheering on Baylee!

Children’s Director

Jamie Gallas is the wife of Chris Gallas, one of the talented drummers in the Vertical Church Band, and a Momma to four little ones in four years: Huck, Heston, Harvati and Hendrix. Jamie loves serving on the Hospitality Team at Vertical and is passionate about helping first time guests feel comfortable and get connected! The Gallas family moved to Midlothian in 2012 to be closer to Jamie’s dad and mom, Max and Liz Yates, who are also active members at Vertical. When Jamie isn’t running the boys to soccer and baseball or Harvati to dance class, she enjoys going for walks or runs and hanging out with her friends and family. She is an avid reader, football fan, guacamole-eater and movie-goer and loves hanging out by the pool in the Summer time.

Administrative Assistant

Lisa and her husband Bryce, a trustee at Vertical Church, are high school sweethearts. They live in Waxahachie with their three energetic young daughters! Lisa is an active part of Elevate Kids Ministry, serving regularly in the Scouts Pre-school class. The pair also lead a Vertical LIFT Community Group in their home on Friday evenings. She enjoys playing games, scrap booking and crafts and any tv show or movie that is FBI related!

Financial Secretary

Craig and his wife Ami were married in December of 2003. They have three wonderful kids: Austin, McKenna, and Sage! In addition to his duties as Building Supervisor, Craig leads the men of the Vertical Church Parking Lot Team. You can find Craig directing traffic each Sunday morning with a big smile on his face! Craig enjoys weight lifting, fishing, and spending time with his kids. His favorite movie is Remember the Titans and he loves Sonic’s unsweet peach tea!

Building Supervisor