Staff

Rector

Rev. Cliff Warner

cliff@christchurchofaustin.org
Cliff is on Sabbatical, and he will return Oct. 2022. To learn more about Sabbatical or how to pray for Christ Church and the Warner family, click here.

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.

Associate Rector

Rev. Matt Dampier

matt@christchurchofaustin.org
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 three wonderful kids, Lucy, Charlie, and Jack Linus. Nowadays, adventure for him looks like jogging, woodworking, fishing, and pick up basketball.

Worship Pastor

Wes Crawford

wes@christchurchofaustin.org
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.

Executive assistant to fr. cliff

Kristie Hartwell

kristie@christchurchofaustin.org
Kristie’s professional experience includes Administrative and Communications roles with corporations, a non-profit, Stanford University, and a fellow C4SO church, Resurrection South Austin. Graduating from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with a degree in Political Science prepared her for working in government in Washington, DC. Kristie loves music and relates to Johnny Cash’s song “I’ve been everywhere.” As an Air Force dependent, she lived in 22 different homes in 8 states and visited 45 states. She enjoys Holy Yoga classes, attending writing workshops, kayaking and family time with her husband, Andrew, and children Reed, Ben, and Claire. Kristie considers Iced Tea, time with family and friends, sketching Texas oak trees, live Americana music and dancing as ways she experiences heaven on earth.

Director of Student Ministries

Beau Pruitt

beau@christchurchofaustin.org
Beau grew up in Hutto and is the son of a Youth Pastor. He went to undergrad at Moody Bible and then Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for graduate work. There he received his Masters of Divinity; he also began attending an Anglican Church during graduate school. He and his wife Danielle moved back to Austin in the spring of 2021 and began worshiping at Christ Church in March. They welcomed their first child, Flora, this past fall into the world. 

Beau has discerned a clear call to serve and love students. He is eager to begin jumping into the work leading our student ministries, middle school through college. Already he is working with our leadership team to plan summer activities for the youth.

Office Administrator

Danielle Pruitt

danielle@christchurchofaustin.org
Danielle joined the Christ Church staff in the Spring of 2021 when she relocated to the area with her husband, Beau. Danielle is originally from the Midwest and has spent the last seven years living in Chicago, where she completed her undergraduate degree at Moody Bible Institute, and seminary degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She has an educational background in counseling and theology, and loves to integrate these things into her everyday life and relationships. Danielle loves to enjoy the outdoors, read good books, visit new places, and spend time with loved ones. She is excited to serve the Christ Church family in this role!

Small Group Pastor

Claire Ratliff

claire@christchurchofaustin.org
Claire came on staff as small group pastor in January of 2020. Shortly before, she and her husband Brandon had moved to Austin from Chicago where she a worship leader at a Reformed church for three years. Claire grew up in north Texas but considers Stephenville, TX her hometown to which she moved in high school and met her now husband, Brandon, on her first visit to Sunday school. She received a BA in Music and ran track at Tarleton State University and shortly thereafter completed a Masters in Theological Studies at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary. Claire and Brandon have two daughters, Jane and Aimee. They are so very glad to be back home in Texas where Tex-Mex cuisine and warm weather abound.

Pastoral Staff Administrator

Carolyn Roman

carolyn@christchurchofaustin.org
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 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.

Assistant to the Director of Operations

Laura Smith

laura@christchurchofaustin.org
Laura came to Christ Church in January of 2010 and through those last 11 years, has particpated in the many changes that have taken place in the life of Christ Church. Laura and her husband Kendall are members of Memorial UMC where she has attended since birth. Her vocational background is heavily based in non-profit and faith based organizations. As a lifelong Austinite and Texas Longhorn, Laura loves this city and will talk college sports with anyone who will listen. She and Kendall share four children and eight grandchildren. Together they love attending Longhorn sports, hiking with friends and traveling, especially to see their kids and grandkids.

Director of Children’s Ministries

Terrice Tinsley

terrice@christchurchofaustin.org
Terrice is passionate about helping children discover God’s love for them through His Word, caring relationships, play and the beauty of creation. Prior to being a part of the Christ Church staff, Terrice enjoyed serving at the national office of Bridges International. 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 cultivate their children’s hearts in the richness and wonder of Christ’s love for them. Although raised in Austin, she and her husband Richard and their daughters, Grace and Lauren have enjoyed living in such places as the Black Hills of South Dakota, the North Shore of Boston and the northern and southern borders of Texas.

Director of Vocation

Bill Walker

bill@christchurchofaustin.org
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 three young children, Liam, Roy, and Cody. 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.

Dog in Residence

Cashew Roman

Cashew joined staff in the dog days of summer, 2018. Born in the mountains of Colorado, he relocated to Austin as soon as he was adopted. With his peaceful nature and gift of hospitality, he delights in making visitors feel welcome and providing the staff with much needed exercise breaks. He also enjoys a more relaxing past time: pretending his bed is a pacifier in addition to his calling as an “emotional support animal”.

Staff Support

Facilities Manager

Dave Allen

Dave Allen and his team have been caring for our janitorial needs since May of 2016. In October of 2019 he joined the Christ Church team as our facilities manager. From 2007 through 2019 Dave served Hope in the City as their facilities director. He was also blessed to serve his church as Serve/Hospitality teams lead, youth small group leader, and lead multiple Christmas outreaches. He owns a commercial cleaning company and has a passion for caring for churches specifically. Prior to entering facilities management, Dave spent 14 years in the hospitality industry. After leaving restaurant management, he returned to and graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God with a degree in business administration in 2012. He lives in South Austin with his wife, Bethany and four children. They love road trip vacations, movie nights, board games, camping, and Hamilton.

Accounting Assistant

Sherrie Stewart

Sherrie is a native Austinite who came to contract work for Christ Church in March of 2020. She spent her youth growing up in Kinney Avenue Baptist Church. She went to the University of Texas at Austin where she earned her BBA in Accounting in August of 1990. Prior to coming to Christ Church, she worked at Sematech, Ameriprise Financial, was a piano teacher, and volunteered in numerous schools where her children, Claire and Christopher attended. She enjoys cultural and performing arts and has volunteered for nonprofit organizations such as Austin Pet’s Alive, and along with her husband Jay, the Austin Opera. They have three beloved family pets: a dog, and two cats. Sherrie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending soccer and sporting events, hosting gatherings, traveling, water and snow skiing, listening to music, playing the piano, and singing.

Intern, Youth Ministry

Olivia Costa

 

Intern, Youth Ministry

Jonathan Lindsay

 

Tori Yee

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.

tori@christchurchofaustin.org

Kirsty Jackson

Office Administrator

Vestry

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 to the Rector and staff; 6) they lead by example in the church through Christian maturity, stewardship and servanthood.

Current vestry members

John Nehme (Senior Warden)
Paul Adeleke
Nate Bruce
Leslie Cameron
Kevin Lloyd
Kim Polk 
Sara Schultz
Hannah Wong