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.
Pastor of Connection & 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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Children’s Ministry
Heather joined the Christ Church staff in August 2017. She serves Christ Church families by coordinating care, discipleship, and community for children up to grade 5. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Baylor University, where she also met her husband Michael. She previously taught first grade in Pflugerville, as well as worked as an account manager for a for-profit ministry partnering with ministries and schools in Central Texas. Heather loves running, hiking, listening to music, leisurely cooking with Michael, going on road trips, and anything chocolate. She and Michael have a dog (Finn), a cat (Rigby), and a baby on the way!
After becoming a member in 2013, Drew joined the staff of Christ Church in the summer of 2016. He comes from a background in campus ministry. He served 15 years with InterVarsity, first as a campus staff and then on regional leadership with a focus on missions. A Texan through and through, Drew grew up in the Dallas metroplex before graduating from UT Austin with a BA in English. Later, he collected a MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary. Drew loves equipping the people of God for the mission of God. He and Sarah are married and have two ridiculously adorable kids in Isaac and Anna.
Assistant to the Rector
Meghan has been a member of Christ Church since 2009 where she’s had the honor of living life in the authentic community of our parish, serving on the Mission Team and Vestry. She became part of the staff team as Assistant to the Rector in the summer of 2015. Meghan graduated from Wheaton College in 2001 with a BA in Christian Education and Ministry with an emphasis on intercultural studies. The Lord captivated her heart as a child and grew in her a love for Himself and a desire to make Him known among the nations. In 2001 she moved to Austin, a city she is proud to have established roots and call home. Meghan and her husband, Matt, were married in December 2002 and have two children, Brennan and Kensington, whom she part-time homeschools. She loves snuggling with and reading to her children; cooking, when it doesn’t feel like a chore; hiking, particularly in the mountains of Colorado; and family conversations and laughter around the dinner table. One happy place of hers is being curled up with a good book, a cup of tea, and her dog and husband by her side after the children are in bed.