Israel Aaron Cowart lead pastor

A charismatic motivational speaker, preacher and teacher, Pastor Israel Aaron Cowart currently serves as Lead Pastor at Live Oak Church in Hinesville, Georgia. His original entrance into full-time ministry was to serve as the Media Ministries Director in 1997 at Live Oak under the ministry of his father, James Michael Cowart. Since then, God has opened doors and transformed Pastor Aaron's ministry with a mission of healing for the broken hearted, and unlocking the true potential of every beleiver, enabling them to maximize the anointing on their life. Pastor Aaron seeks to convey a message of hope and healing to a spiritually wounded world in need of a loving, and caring God. Through his own life experiences, Pastor Aaron has determined that God will qualify the anointed regardless of age, race, color, social status, or gender. Pastor Aaron is an Ordained Bishop in the worldwide denomination of the Church of God. He is the product of a pastor's home and has been heavily involved in ministry all of his life. Pastor Aaron and his wife Christi have two children, Luke and Sydney. 


Christi Cowart first lady & helps ministries coordinator
First Lady, Christi Cowart, is a powerful teacher in her own rights. Christi is an invaluable asset to her husband's ministry and works along side Pastor Aaron in their call at Live Oak. Knowing through her intimate fellowship with the Lord that she is fearfully and wonderfully made, Christi realizes the call on her life to serve the multi-cultural congregation at Live Oak. She also serves as the helps ministries coordinator, overseeing the many volunteers that help make LOC a success. 

Gwendolyn Randall administrative assistant to pastor Aaron & church accountant
Gwendolyn was born and raised, in Louisville, a small town in Georgia. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. She later finished a concentration in Accounting at Augusta State University. Gwendolyn is married to Roderick Randall and they have two children, Roderick Jr and Rachel. Military brought her family to the area 14 years ago. They began attending Live Oak Church in 2005, and Gwendolyn has been serving since then. She’s served in women’s ministries, the nursery, and the cafe.

Brandon & Sarah Clayton Children's Ministries Pastor
Pastor Brandon and Sarah are originally from East Tennessee. They have been involved in children’s ministry for over 10 years. Brandon recently completed the  M.I.P. program(April 2018) and now holds the title as an Ordained Minister in the Church of God. He is also a Lee University student and is seeking a Bachelors Degree in Pastoral Ministry. Sarah is over the Pre-K and Nursery here at Live Oak Church. Brandon and Sarah have 4 children, Hunter, Heath, Chase, and Emily. Brandon and Sarah bring high energy games, praise and worship, and a teaching of the word that all children can relate to and understand. We provide many events, trips, outreaches, and fun activities for all ages from our community and within our church. 



Jarvis and Hillery Sanchez director of student ministries