Cliff Warner


Cliff has been Rector of Christ Church since moving to Austin in 2006 with his wife, Christine, and four children. Before coming to Austin, he was Pastor of Community and Mission and founder of Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach, an urban mission in downtown El Paso, TX. Before serving on the U.S.-Mexico border, Cliff completed theological studies at Regent College, served migrant farmers and prison inmates, and worked in a church small group ministry and on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Texas. He is excited to be back in the city of Austin and near UT where he discovered his call to ministry, fell in love with his wife, and grew into abiding love with Jesus. Cliff enjoys the Austin outdoors, kayaking, running, hiking, reading, cooking, and the adventure of life with Christine, Brendan, Cormac, Skye and Bronwyn.

Bryson Owen

Director of Operations

Prior to joining the Christ Church staff in August 2016, Bryson directed operations at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Musuem overseeing property management, finance and business management. Raised in Brady, Texas, Bryson pursued studies in Studio Art specializing in sculpture at Texas State University, receiving his BFA in 2008. Following this he worked for Campus Crusade for Christ in east Austin bringing artists, college students, and long-time east Austin residents into a community to wrestle with faith, art and being neighbors in a diverse area. Bryson then spent several years in Houston as a real estate manager overseeing multiple high-rise office properties including Houston Center and Greenway Plaza. Bryson, his wife Marisa and two children, Violet and Parker, love hiking the Greenbelt, eating great food, playing Uno and building with Legos.

Jodi Wicker

Pastor of Connection and Community

Jodi has served as the Pastor of Connection and Community at Christ Church since October of 2008. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech, and worked as a Registered Nurse in Austin for several years while serving on InterVarsity Volunteer Staff with Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) at Texas Tech and the University of Texas. After receiving her Masters Degree in Arts, Theology and Spiritual Formation from Regent College, she returned to Austin to serve in the Small Group Ministry and Arts Ministry at a local church for 6 years. Her work history includes higher education at UT, constituent correspondence for a state representative and the Speaker of the House, and Hospice Care. A native Austinite, Jodi is grateful to be rooted in the diverse, culturally vibrant city of Austin with her husband Patrick and daughter Sophia, where good theatre, dance, film and natural beauty abounds. She believes there is little life to be found outside of transparent, authentic community, and is looking forward to her family’s continued journey in service, faith and fellowship at Christ Church.

Bekah Powell

Director of Children's Ministry

Bekah joined the Christ Church staff in March, 2015. She serves Christ Church families by coordinating care, discipleship, and community for children up to grade 6. She previously taught primary school at an orphanage in Northern Uganda, as well as in a private school in Marble Falls, where she discovered a calling and passion for working with children. She graduated with a BA in Professional Writing from Baylor University and has also worked as a project manager and writer in the tech world. Bekah is grateful to live near her family in the great city of Austin and enjoys running, tending her community garden plot, and spending time with people over a good cup of coffee.

Bryan Brown

Worship Pastor

Bryan has served as Worship Pastor of Christ Church since January 2007. Raised in Austin, Bryan attended the University of Texas at Austin where he studied Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Serigraphy. After serving for two years on the staff of Hope in the City Church in Austin, Bryan studied theology at Trinity School for Ministry outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received his Master of Divinity in 2005. Bryan and his wife Rachel were married shortly thereafter and returned to Austin to reconnect with the vibrant community of faith in the city. They have three daughters: Beatrice, Leona, and Harriet.