Ministry Staff

Bradley Steele
Bradley SteeleLead Minister

Bradley served as the Associate Minister at University Church of Christ from June 2017 until June 2019, when he became UCC’s Lead Minister. Before coming to UCC in 2016 as the young adults minister, he served as an intern at Highland Church of Christ, a youth minister at Freedom Fellowship and as a preaching minister at Oplin Church of Christ.

Bradley is a native of Grand Prairie, and he graduated from ACU with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2009. In addition, Bradley completed his Masters of Divinity at ACU’s Graduate School of Theology in May 2017. He loves running, reading, eating and mountains. He also enjoys the fact that he married far outside of his league. He met his wife, Rebecca, at ACU, and they married in October 2012.

Bradley feels extremely blessed to be working in ministry, and looks forward to serving UCC and its surrounding community.

Jason Craddock
Jason CraddockCampus Minister

Jason has been the youth minister at UCC since August 2008, but he first began working with the youth ministry in 1999 as a volunteer while he was an ACU graduate student. In 2005, he and his wife Karla moved to the Phoenix area to do full-time youth ministry but after three years returned home to continue their work with their UCC family.

Jason and Karla met at UCC in 2002 and married in 2003. They have three daughters, Kaila, Alexa and Ana Lucia. Jason has bachelor’s degrees in youth and family ministry and psychology from ACU, and is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. He also has 27 graduate hours in digital media.

Jason believes his entire life, especially the highs and lows of the adolescent years, prepared him for youth ministry. During those years, he was involved in baseball, football, basketball, band and medical career explorers. He started off chubby and short and finished tall and skinny. He had acne, braces, cowlicks, four eyes, a crackly voice, giant feet (size 15) and no coordination. But he did have a church family and a youth group that loved and supported him and helped him grow into someone who really gets what teens are going through and can help them grow through them as well. For that reason especially, Jason loves youth ministry.

Michael Santiago
Michael SantiagoYouth Minister
Vini Montesdeoca
Vini MontesdeocaBilingual Minister

Vini Montesdeoca has been the bilingual minister at UCC since January 2018.

Vini was born and raised in Cuenca, Ecuador. He came to the United States in July of 2009, where he earned a master’s degree in Theology from the Austin Graduate School of Theology. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry at Abilene Christian University, where he previously completed a M.Div. equivalency. Vini also has a bachelor’s in Human Sciences and Religion as well as an Engineering degree in Computer Science.

Before coming to UCC, Vini served as the Spanish-speaking Minister at the Leander Church of Christ for eight years. Prior to serving in Leander, he served for six years as Dean of Students at the Cuenca Theological Institute in Ecuador, where he also taught classes in Bible and Theology.

Vini and his wife, Rachel, met when they were both children attending the same church in Cuenca and were married in 2010. They now have two children: Luke and Keren.

Vini enjoys watching and playing fútbol (also known as soccer) and spending time outdoors. He is passionate about ministry and says, “Preaching and teaching the Bible is my life.”

Jennifer Welch
Jennifer WelchChildren's Minister

Jennifer has served as the full time children’s minister since April 2006.  She received a BBS degree from Hardin-Simmons University and Abilene Christian University and her teaching certification from McMurry University.

Jennifer moved to the Abilene area during junior high and graduated from Abilene High School. She met her husband, Roger, after graduating from college. They have two children, Josh and Sarah.

The Welch family enjoys various activities together, including playing basketball, tossing the football, fishing, working on their farm, and singing. Jennifer says, “I count my blessings daily, and working with the children at UCC is one I always include. The Lord is good, and he works in mysterious ways!”

Administrative Staff

Lyric Bailey
Lyric BaileyAdministrative Assistant

Lyric grew up at UCC and joined the staff in November 2019 as the Administrative Assistant.

Lyric married Ben Bailey, who also grew up at UCC, in 2008. After getting married they moved away for the next eight years while Ben served in the United States Navy. Upon moving back to Abilene they returned to UCC. After 4 deployments and countless moves they feel fortunate to be back in their hometown.

Lyric and Ben have four children, Jack, Piper, Stetson, and Crockett. The family also includes a Silver Lab name Sterling and a cat named Princess Pineapple Mittens Rainbow Dash, “Dash” for short. They enjoy sports, the outdoors, traveling, and art.

Lyric feels very blessed to be working alongside friends and family.

Jill Estes Bailey Hoebelheinrich
Jill Estes Bailey HoebelheinrichAccountant

Jill grew up at UCC, and has served as UCC’s part-time accountant since January 2009. Jill was born in Rosebud, and moved to Abilene with her family when she was 4 years old. She attended Abilene Christian Schools and Abilene Christian University, receiving her BBA and MBA and is a Certified Public Accountant.

While at ACU, she married Dr. David T. Bailey, who also had grown up at UCC where his father was the long-time minister. They had three sons. David, Jr. and Lisa Bailey now live in Tyler with their two children, Todd and Jillian. Will and Ani Bailey live in Los Angeles with their three children Benjamin, Cassian and Brooklyn. Benjamin and Lyric Bailey and their four children, Jack, Piper, Stetson and Crockett, live in Abilene, where Ben owns Precision Heat and Cooling. Dr. Bailey served as an elder at UCC for many years until his death in 2000.

Barry Young
Barry YoungFacilities Manager

Barry has been the Facilities and Grounds manager for University Church since 1997. He grew up in Seymour, Texas where he developed a love for any kind of outdoor activity, including hunting, target shooting, fishing, camping, swimming  and hiking. He graduated from TSTC in 1982, moved to Abilene and married Cathy that same year. The Young’s have been members of UCC since 1982 as well. Cathy also grew up in Seymour. She is an Academic Coach and mentor  teacher for the Abilene Independent School District.

Barry and Cathy have three sons. Will and his wife, Monica, live in Garland, Texas. Ryan and his wife, Macy, live in Cedar Park, Texas with their boys, Cayden and Jace. Drew and his wife, Kayla, live in Abilene, Texas.

In addition to the outdoor activities already mentioned, Barry also enjoys playing golf, wood working, cooking for large crowds, wrestling with his grandsons and taking road trips with Cathy.