Our Team

J. Huffman

Lead Pastor

MANUP was founded in 2013 by J. Huffman and his family.  The Huffmans served for 20 years as Youth Pastors in Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2011 for their final youth ministry position.  Their oldest son, Bailey, just graduated from Texas State and is working for an Austin based non-profit as a literacy tutor this fall.  Their daughter, Ansley, is a Neuroscience major at The University of Texas and will most likely be in school the rest of her life.  J. & Rebecca have been married for 28 years and are true partners in parenting and ministry.  J. is the primary teacher @ MANUP but you'll hear Rebecca's voice loud and clear in every single lesson.

Click here to read more about how MANUP was started.

Matt Adler

Program Manager

Matt joined the MANUP team in late 2020 to oversee technology, marketing, and business operations. For years he was self-employed as a record producer, touring musician, and singer/songwriter, while also serving as worship pastor at his home church.

A San Antonio native for most of his life, Matt moved to Austin in early 2021 to solidify his role at MANUP and to be closer to his then-fiancée Bonnie. They got married in June of 2021!

Board of Directors.

MANUP is a 501C(3) nonprofit that is led by a Board of Directors and a faithful group of volunteer leaders.

Eric Hehman

Eric is primarily responsible for the overall direction of MANUP and is the sounding board for many of the MANUP lessons.   Eric was born and raised here in Austin and is the  CEO @ Austin Asset.  He's served as a church elder and board member for several other non-profits here in Austin.
Website:  Austin Asset

James Rinn

James  works in close partnership with our Executive Director to navigate the day-to-day decisions and expenses for our ministry.  James was born and raised in Austin and is the CFO at Maxwell Locke & Ritter.   He's served as a church elder and board member for several other non-profits here in Austin.

Jeff Ball

Jeff is the founding board member that helped start MANUP in 2013.  His official tile is "Secretary" but Jeff is best known for his strategic thinking and uncanny ability to solve a problem within minutes.  Jeff is the Founder Partner & CEO @ Visio Lending here in Austin.
Website:  Visio Lending

Tim Novak

Tim is primarily responsible for helping us develop our leadership team @ MANUP .  After 30+ years as a corporate executive, Tim started his own consulting and coaching firm with the John Maxwell Team here in Austin.  Tim is best known for his gift of asking incredible questions and waiting for an answer.

Join our team.

MANUP is a 501C(3) nonprofit that is solely supported by a team of faithful donors.  None of this is possible without YOU!