MORNINGSIDE leadership

The staff and leadership here at Morningside is comprised of men and women who love and care for the people of Morningside and of Union County. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at

  • Andrew Austin

    Lead Pastor

    A native of South Carolina and the son of a Pastor, Pastor Andrew came to Morningside on April 5th, 2020 with over 10 years of full-time ministry experience. Pastor Andrew has served in small country churches as well as some of the largest churches in America in various roles since 2007.  Pastor Andrew attend Liberty University.

    At Morningside, Pastor Andrew provides leadership, vision, and direction in all aspects of church life while serving as the primary teacher.

    Currently, Pastor Andrew serves as the Vice-Chairman for the Union County First Steps Board of Directors, as a member of the Union County Early Childhood Council, and on the School Improvement Team for Monarch Elementary. 

    Pastor Andrew is married to his wife Courtney, since 2012, and they have two daughters Kayleigh and Aubree Kate.

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  • chuck auten

    Worship Pastor

    Church came to Morningside in July of 2021 with years of experience leading worship in churches. A talent vocalist and guitarist, Chuck brings energy, passion, and excellence as he leads our Praise Team, Sanctuary Choir, and Audio/Visual Ministry. When not lead worship at Morningside, Chuck is working at BMW, being dad to his 3 kids or grandfather to his 3 grandkids.

  • courtney austin

    Kids Ministry Director

    Courtney joined our staff in April of 2021 as our Kids Ministry Director. Courtney brings over 15 years of Kids Ministry experience as well as 5 years of experience in the public schools as a classroom teacher. Courtney attended North Greenville University. 

    Courtney provides direct leadership over all aspects of our Kids Ministry including Kids Worship, Kids at Night, Kids Discipleship, VBS, Kids Week, and Morningside Sports. Courtney has a passion to see families equipped to disciple their kids and to see kids come to know Jesus.

    While not at Morningside, you can find Courtney at Monarch Elementary where she serves part-time as a Kindergarten Interventionist and on the PTO. Courtney also serves our community as a member of the Union County Child Welfare Improvement Team.



    Administrative Assistant

    Cheryl has called Morningside home her entire life. In 2002, Cheryl began serving as the church's Administrative Assistant. Cheryl provides leadership and hospitality daily in our church office. Cheryl also serves faithfully with Morningside Kids as a Kids at Night and Kids Discipleship Leader. While not at work, Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family.

  • crystal waddell

    Church Custodian

    Crystal began at Morningside in the summer of 2022. Crystal makes sure all aspects of our facilities are ready and clean for everything that happens at Morningside. Crystal and her husband, Eric, have two kids and are active members of Morningside including serving with our Hospitality Team.  Crystal also serves on our Morningside Kids Ministry Team as they plan events, activities, and programing for our kids and their families.

  • Debbie Scott


    Debbie has served in the Worship Ministry of churches for nearly her entire life. Debbie currently serves at Morningside as our organist as well as playing keyboard. Debbie serves at the Administrative Assistant at New Life Baptist Church (Union). Her and her husband, Jack, enjoy spending time with their two dogs, their two granddaughters, their son and daughter-in-law, and cheering on the Clemson Tigers.



    Cynthia has been at Morningside her entire life and has faithfully served in various roles including as our church pianist. Cynthia enjoys spending time with her family while not at church or working.