Staff

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. 

Terry and Jenny Newsome worship and arts pastor

Candle Johnson administrative assistant to pastor aaron

Dwayne and Sonya Golden director of children's ministries
Dwayne and Sonya have been working in the Children’s Ministry at Live Oak Church for over 16 years.  Their passion is to see children’s lives changed as they pursue Jesus Christ.  With the help of a dedicated ministry team, Dwayne and Sonya present the Bible in an exciting and relevant way.  Every child is presented with fun and interactive opportunities to learn about God and how to worship Him. Dwayne and Sonya  have three children and two grandchildren. 

Jarvis and Hillery Sanchez director of student ministries