Michelle Witt 

Minister to Preschool

Michelle Witt joined the Next-gen ministry team at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in November 2105 as the Minister to Preschool. She has graduated from Tarleton Sate University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education and is currently pursuing a Masters in Family Ministry from Dallas Baptist University. She has over a decade of experience serving in preschool and children’s ministry in a variety of roles.
Michelle has a passion to serve families of preschoolers. She believes that it is never too early to start sharing God’s love and truth with children. She has a desire for parents to have a confidence in knowing that their children are well taken care of spiritually, physically, and emotionally, so that they too are being poured into and encouraged as members of the body of Christ.
Michelle is the proud wife of Pete Witt and mom to Ashlee, Molly and Hannah. Her favorite things to do are cook for her college community group, read, and enjoy Sunday afternoon naps on the couch. Stop by the children’s building any time to serve alongside and get to know Michelle better!

254-752-1655 ext 9312



Kari Behm
Preschool & Children's Ministry Assistant

Kari Behm joined the team at Columbus Avenue in February 2013. She grew up in Greenville, Texas, until moving to Waco in 1994 after she married her husband, Greg. They have three terrific sons, Blake, Andrew, Matthew, and three beautiful grandchildren, Chloie, Travis, and Oliver. Kari enjoys reading books, watching movies and spending time with her children & grandchildren.

254/752-1655 ext. 9134




Elizabeth Updegrove
Preschool Associate

Elizabeth Updegrove first joined the Columbus Avenue family as a Preschool Childcare Worker in 2012.  She is the oldest of four daughters, and was born and raised in Corsicana, Texas. Elizabeth received her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from Baylor University in 2015 and now works as a Speech Pathologist for Waco ISD. She has a passion for working with children and serving their families.  In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys visiting her family's farm, reading, doing arts and crafts, and being outdoors.




Ruth Calero
Child Development Center Assistant Director

Ruth Calero was born in Dénia, Spain in 1979 and she is the youngest of her family. Ruth is the wife, daughter and sister of a pastor. Apart from her architectual degrees, she also has experience working in preschool, children’s and youth ministry in Denia's Trinistry Baptist Church. Her passion is to serve God. She has been married to David Villarreal since 2009, and they have 3 precious children. Ruth has worked in the Columbus Avenue CDC since 2015 and was promoted in September 2016 to Assistant Director of the CDC.  She likes to cook, craft and enjoys time with her family.

(254)752-9000 ext.1924



Ashley Crumpton
Parent's Day Out Director

Ashley Crumpton has been a member at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church since 2007 and joined the church staff in July 2016. She has a B.A. and a M.S.Ed from Baylor University. Ashley taught 2nd grade for 5 years and preschool for 4 years. She and her husband, Trey, have 2 children and love attending Baylor events. Sic 'Em Bears!

(254)752-9000 ext. 9136