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Pastor Mac and Julie Richard founded Lake Hills Church in 1997, with the aspiration to redefine church for the city of Austin and beyond. Mac and Julie believe deeply in the unique power that the local church has to change lives and unite people. They are committed to living out and sharing the vision of LHC: to grow the community of Christ one life at a time.

Serving as LHC’s Lead Pastor, Mac is a passionate communicator, creative thinker, and highly practical teacher. Recognizing the opportunity that the church has to develop Christ-centered leaders in the home, community, and marketplace, Mac founded SPUR Leadership in 2009. Since then, the organization has impacted thousands of leaders from all corners of the country through conferences, professional development luncheons, and networking events.

Julie is an energetic speaker who uses humor and joy to connect with audiences at LHC and around the country. She draws from her experiences in special education, early-childhood education, and student ministry to explain the everyday relevance of the Bible in marriage, parenting, and life. In 2014, Julie founded Fearless Mom, which provides practical tools and teaching to help every mom enjoy raising their kids in a Christ-centered home.

Mac and Julie have been married for over twenty-six years and have two children, Emily and Joseph.