Ray and Chantel Ortiz met in 2001 while attending Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX. They were married after graduating in May of 2003. Together, they served in youth ministry for 9 yrs. During this time they lived in Dallas, Texas Austin, Texas, Tonkawa, Oklahoma and San Angelo, Texas serving in local churches as youth pastors, worship leaders/directors & creative arts directors. They have three children, Colby, Cephas (kay-fa) and Sophia.
In 2011, the years of dreaming, praying and planning turned into moving back to Austin, TX to plant a local church. They love the city of Austin and all the wonderful and weird things that come with it. Ray and Chantel believe whole heartedly that the local should be a beacon of hope and love in the community and in the Austin Metro area. They have a heart for the “creatives” that call Austin home and will be starting a 501(c)3 non-profit in the near future to further support the “weird” in Austin. They are excited as they take the reins as lead pastors of Central City Austin, cause they truly believe THE BEST IS YET TO COME!