The Vestry serves as the governing board of Christ Church charged with leading the church in six arenas 1) they are dedicated to prayer and fasting on behalf of the church and her mission; 2) they protect the core values of the church; 3) they exercise gifts of wisdom, discernment and counsel, working very closely with the Rector regarding the church and her mission; 4) they have full and final authority for all matters related to the facility and finance of the church; 5) they assist the Rector in guarding the unity of the church, “putting out fires”, giving encouragement protection to the Rector and staff; 6) they lead by example in the church through Christian maturity, stewardship and servanthood.
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.
Matt has been the associate rector at Christ Church since March 2018. Prior to this role, he was serving as a Campus Pastor at Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) at the University of Kentucky where he preached, oversaw a staff of recent college graduates, and helped to create the World’s Largest Water Balloon Fight. Matt had originally prepared to enter medical school while at UK but instead chose to serve in the campus ministry where he became a believer. While working at CSF, he entered divinity school at Asbury Theological Seminary and graduated with his Master of Divinity in 2011. He married Lexie, his high school sweetheart, and they have two wonderful kids, Lucy and Charlie. Nowadays, adventure for him looks like jogging, woodworking, fishing, and pick up basketball.
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.
Wes joined the Christ Church staff in March of 2017, and as Worship Pastor he leads our team of musicians. He grew up in the DFW area and studied music at the University of North Texas in Denton. While there, Wes met his wife Melissa and worked in campus ministry after graduation. The Crawfords served as missionaries in Monterrey, Mexico from 2004 until 2008, when they moved to Kansas City, Missouri to be part of a church plant in the heart of the city. Wes enjoys playing and listening to music, flipping through used record bins at Waterloo Records, and cooking. He and Melissa have four girls: Anna, Maggie, Claire, and Elaine.
Director of Vocation
Bill came to Christ Church in the summer of 2019 from Baylor University and Truett Seminary where he helped lead the Spiritual Formation program and taught theology. He is a trained spiritual director, an ordained Anglican priest, and an adjunct professor of Christian Ethics in Business at Baylor. Now Bill works to inspire, equip, and mobilize the people of Christ Church to live out their unique and God-given callings in their workplaces, neighborhoods, relationships, and areas of influence through spiritual formation. Bill and his wife Whitney are both from Austin and have two young children, Liam and Roy. Outside of his role at Christ Church and time spent with family, Bill enjoys water skiing, trail running, and surfing whenever he gets the chance.
Director of Children’s Ministries
Terrice is passionate about helping children discover God’s love for them through play, caring relationships, the beauty of creation and God’s Word. Prior to being a part of the Christ Church staff, Terrice enjoyed serving at Bridges International in team building, volunteer recruitment, and fundraising. She has extensive experience in ministry to children of all ages in a variety of arenas: churches, preschools, camps, reading programs and hospitals. Terrice hopes to be a support and encouragement to parents as they disciple their children in the love of the Lord. Although raised in Austin, she and her family have enjoyed living in such places as the Black Hills of South Dakota, the North Shore of Boston, the north and south borders of Texas and especially back in our culturally diverse breathtakingly beautiful City of Austin.
Executive Assistant to the Rector
Tori joined the staff in January 2019 as Executive Assistant to the Rector. Born and raised in Southern California, she earned a BA in Religion from Pepperdine University and is now working toward her Master’s of Divinity through Fuller Seminary. Tori and her husband Thomas have been married since 2015 and recently added to their family a lovable senior dog named Cassie. Tori enjoys watching Disney movies and traveling to new places. She also constantly challenges herself to produce rather than consume whenever possible, by making homemade bread, chai tea mix, and sewing some of her own clothes.
Carolyn joined Christ Church in Spring 2018. Born in Venezuela to two Texas Longhorn parents, Carolyn’s family returned home to Texas when she was a child, where she continues to speak Spanish like a child. Carolyn raised her family in Austin: Coleman, David, Bailey and Lindsay (two Longhorns, one Trinity Tiger and one Aggie), and recently “retired” from her proudest achievement, being a stay-at-home mom to four Jesus-loving children. Carolyn also has enjoyed using her Bachelor of Science in Food Science from Texas A&M (WHOOP!) in her work at NASA, Baskin Robbins, and Cy-Fair ISD. Carolyn is also mom to the impish Cashew, a longhair English cream dachshund, whose adventures you can follow on Instagram #_Johnny_Cashew. She enjoys funny pet videos, reading classic books, and watching anything about history especially if it includes beautiful costumes and jewelry.