Staff

Chris Plekenpol

Chris Plekenpol

Elder/Lead Pastor

Chris graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1999 and served in the Army for seven years. Upon God's call in his life to ministry, Chris attended Dallas Theological Seminary and received his Masters in Theology (ThM.) Chris traveled as an evangelist and missional group trainer with iamsecond.com for two years before becoming the Lead Pastor of Wells Branch Community Church.
Chris is married to his beautiful wife Adrienne, a graduate of Abilene Christian University, a former high school Spanish Teacher, and his best friend. They have three incredible boys: Austin, Jett, and Titus.
Chris loves watching sports, especially Army Football, dancing with Adrienne, and thinking of creative and innovative ways to communicate the love of God. Chris has written five books.

Grayson Dzialo

Grayson Dzialo

Executive Pastor

At an early age Grayson felt called to full-time ministry. He grew up in Michigan and moved to Austin, TX when he was 18 to pursue that calling. God cultivated within him a heart for worship as he pursued full-time ministry and now calls WBCC his home as the Executive Pastor. Grayson attended Liberty University and received a Bachelors of Science in Religion. He is married to Megan and they have two amazing kids, a son named Jack, a daughter named Nora, and a third on the way. God has given Grayson a love for helping others grow in their faith, and a desire to magnify the greatness of God's glory.

Phill Kwon

Phill Kwon

Youth Pastor/Teaching

Phill grew up in Marietta, GA and Houston, TX after he and his family immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea in 1991. After high school, he attended Texas A&M University and, feeling God's call to ministry, made his way to Dallas Theological Seminary where he graduated in 2013 with a Masters in Theology (Th.M). Phill met his wife, Brandee, in his freshman dorm at A&M. They were married in 2009 and now have three girls, Samantha, Avonlea, and Joanna. Phill loves Aggie sports, playing the guitar, and summer camp. Follow Phill on Facebook, Twitter, and on the WBCC Blog.

James & Didi Myer

James & Didi Myer

Missionaries to Tanzania

James grew up in Newton Kansas with a dream of being a missionary. He attended Liberty University and received a degree in Religious Studies. Didi grew up in Dallas TX and played basketball at University of North Texas where she received her bachelors and masters. It is their goal in life to take the gospel to the parts of the world where it has never been, to unreached people. Wells Branch Community Church is sending them as missionaries to serve in Tanzania. They both are avid sports fans and enjoy fitness and exercise.

Joseph Aiken

Joseph Aiken

Young Adults/ Children's Pastor

Joseph grew up on the Eastside of Austin, TX where he graduated from Reagan HS. He began his personal walk with the Lord in 1990 and has served as a youth pastor in San Antonio and Austin, TX. He is Texas State University graduate with a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Professional Ethics. Before becoming a Wells Branch Community Church staff member he taught Math for Pflugerville I.S.D for 6 years. Joseph enjoys photography, videography, fitness, and family. He met his wife Cierra at VBS the summer of 2003 and they have been married since 2005. She is a graphic designer and has a passion for all things artsy; together they are raising their very spirited son, J4 (Joseph Aiken IV). For more than a decade Joseph has worked in youth and children’s ministry and loves every bit of it. He has a passion for students and gift for reaching young people where they are, and finding innovative and unique ways share the gospel with them.

Don Myer

Don Myer

Pastor of Mission

Don grew up in Nebraska and came to faith in Jesus Christ in 1975. His passion to follow Jesus led him to Grace University and Western Seminary where he prepared for a life of ministry. He is married to Gala, and together they have raised four children: Judy, James, John and Jenna. Don and Gala have been in fulltime ministry since 1984, serving churches in Nebraska, Minnesota and Kansas. Don loves the outdoors, sports activities (Nebraska Football) and building meaningful relationships. He enjoys people of all ages, and lives with a passion to know Jesus Christ and make Him known. You can follow Don on his blog: pastordmyer.wordpress.com

Jessica Nelson

Jessica Nelson

Admin

Jessica graduated from Howard Payne University with a degree in Political Science. She initially went to college at Howard Payne due to its reputation as a christian school in hopes of becoming a Christian. Salvation finally came in 2009 no thanks to her hard work, but all thanks to the grace of God. During college she married her high school sweetheart, Anthony Dustin Nelson. After graduating Jessica and her husband moved to Austin Texas. After a hard couple of years she was invited to Wells Branch Community Church by a friend, and immediately knew that she found her home. Jessica loves to help and encourage women to grow in their faith. Jessica and Anthony have one daughter, Angelina Marie, and are looking forward to adopting two children in the future. Jessica enjoys playing board games with friends, reading, sushi, running, and weightlifting

Kayla Hemphill

Kayla Hemphill

HR/Finance Manager

Kayla grew up in the DFW metroplex, and started to fully follow after Christ while in college. She pursued a career in counseling, receiving her Bachelor's in Psychology from The University of Texas at Arlington, and later her Master's in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. After passing the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification, she became licensed in the state of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. Kayla moved to Austin in 2015, where she got involved at Wells Branch Community Church and met her husband, Colin. Kayla manages HR and finances at WBCC, and also leads the Live For More Counseling ministry. Kayla loves to cook and to read, and hopes to continue travelling the world whenever possible.

Colin Hemphill

Colin Hemphill

Creative Director

Colin's faith became real in junior high when he started attending Hill Country Bible Church Pflugerville, and later the Southwest campus. After attending Belmont University in Nashville, where he received degrees in both Computer Science and Audio Engineering Technology, Colin moved to Dallas to begin his career as a software developer. Hearing God's calling to come back to Austin, he happened to move in right down the street from Wells Branch Community Church - planted by the Pflugerville campus that helped lead him to Christ years before. It was here that he met his wife Kayla, and they dove deep into ministry together. Colin has a passion for music, both as a performer and as an engineer, and for the creative use of technology that drives much of his work.

Elders

Joe Davis

Joe Davis

Elder

Joe and his wife Nancy have been married for 22 years and have two daughters, Rachel and Katie, who both currently attend college. They both committed their lives to Jesus Christ when they were young adults. They have been blessed as a family through the ministry opportunities of Hill Country, such as small groups, youth ministry, Community Impact, Global Outreach, and worship. Their family has embraced the purpose and vision of the Association of Hill Country Bible Churches, and they are looking forward to what God will do through them and for them by serving the body of Christ and those we are reaching for Him.

Tony Bedard

Tony Bedard

Elder

Tony accepted Christ at 8 years old in his hometown of Gilmer, TX. Although he has small town roots, he has lived all over Texas, and went to high school in a suburb of Chicago called Oak Park. It was in high school where Tony learned what it meant to really walk with Christ through his involvement with Young Life. After attending Abilene Christian University Tony reconnected with Young Life, this time as a volunteer leader where he served for 7 years in the town of Carrollton, TX. Shortly after, in 2010 Tony married his wife Elizabeth and they moved to Austin in 2012. Their daughter Ellie was born in 2014 and son Bo in 2016.

James Foster

James Foster

Elder

James was born on the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, and was raised in Caddo Mills, TX. He attended Texas A&M University where he obtained a degree in Biology/Pre-Med. It was during his time at A&M, after a period of seeking, reading the Bible, and a long friendship with a Christian that the Lord drew James to Himself. On February 21, 2011, James accepted Christ and his life hasn’t been the same since. He moved to Austin in May of 2012 to be a part of Wells Branch Community Church, and that is where he starting dating his wife, Katie. James and Katie were married December 7, 2013. They love living in Austin and serving at WBCC, and their dream is to plant a church within the Association of Hill Country Churches. James is currently studying to receive his ThM at Dallas Theological Seminary, and he also teaches 6th grade science at Stiles Middle School in Leander, TX. James is excited to serve on the Elder Board at Wells Branch Community Church.

Robert Sas

Robert Sas

Church Plant Elder

Robert was born in Corpus Christi, TX in 1961 and grew up in Feindswood, TX. While attending Sam Houston State University in 1982, he met Debi and married in 1984. They have two adult children, Ryan and Christine. Both have met their spouse here at WBCC. In 1994 while experiencing some struggles in life, Robert accepted Christ and began attending Hill Country Bible Church in 1997. Robert and Debi made the decision to attend WBCC in 2012. They love their church family here and look forward to seeing how the Lord will accomplish His purposes through our church!

Brad Medford

Brad Medford

Elder

Brad grew up in San Francisco and attended engineering school at Point Loma College in San Diego, CA. It was here that he met his wife Julie. He accepted Christ at a young age but turned away from that relationship for a season early on to try life on his own. While others may not have seen it in the way that Brad lived his life, it was clear to him that God’s spirit never gave up on him. He came to realize that he could no longer run from God and that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light. Since that realization he has been involved in various ministries within the local church including; small groups, missions, and most recently serving as an elder both at HCBC Austin and now here at WBCC. It was clear to Brad and Julie that God was at work at Wells Branch Community Church and they had a strong desire to be a part of what was going on here. They count it as an honor to serve with such a great part of the body of Christ!

Dave Sheffield

Dave Sheffield

Elder

WBCC has been a huge blessing to the Sheffields. Dave grew up going to church and personally proclaimed his faith in Jesus Christ as his savior as a teenager in Plano, Texas. He served as an elder at Hill Country Bible Church Pflugerville before joining the WBCC plant and again serving as an elder from 2009-2012. He has served in various ministry roles including Community Groups, Children’s Ministry, Finances, and Family Ministry (marriage, parenting, finances). Dave and Kelly have been married for 22 years, all living in Wells Branch. They have 3 children: Aaron (freshman at A&M), Caleb (11 th grade homeschooler), and Leah (8 the grade homeschooler). We look forward to seeing what God has in store for WBCC.

Deacons

Leah Brown

Leah Brown

Women's Ministry

Leah is married to the love of her life, Kyle Brown. She attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a political science degree. She has a passion for helping women grow in the their spiritual walk with God.

John Sharpe

John Sharpe

Men's Ministry

John was raised in the small town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He grew up in the Methodist Church where he went through confirmation at the age of 13 and professed Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. John was brought to Austin, Texas in 2015 to attend the University of Texas for a Master's degree in Economics. During this time, John recommitted his life to Christ when God opened his eyes to see Jesus as the only source of hope and joy in this world. John is particularly honored that the Elders have given him the opportunity to serve as Deacon of Men's Ministry.

Nathan Blick

Nathan Blick

Covenant Membership

Nathan was born and raised in the suburbs of Dallas, where he was saved in the 3rd grade. After high school, Nathan attended Texas A&M University where he obtained an undergraduate degree in accounting and a master's in finance. Following college, Nathan moved to Austin where he met his better half, Shelby. Nathan and Shelby have one son, Carter. Nathan and Shelby began attending Wells Branch Community Church in the summer of 2012, where they have been involved in youth group, children's church, tear-down, and community groups ever since. Nathan loves all things sports (and most importantly A&M sports), blue bell ice cream, traveling, games, and enjoying God's beautiful creation, nature.

Ryan & Catie Sas

Ryan & Catie Sas

Community Group Shepherd Care

Ryan was born in Austin and grew up in Cedar Park. He was saved when he was 8 years old one day after Sunday School where he heard Revelation 3:20 and his parents used that
verse to share the Gospel. He was baptized by his dad when he was 12 years old. Ryan and Catie have been married two years and going into their second year as Community Group Shepherds. He is in his first year of teaching as a Special Education Teacher at Vista Ridge High School, and he enjoys bouldering, working out, and playing soccer and volleyball.

Catie was born and raised in Pittsburg, TX and after graduating from high school she moved to Austin to pursue a career in fashion. When she was 20 years old, the Lord revealed himself to her in a way she had never experienced and completely transformed her life. In February, it will be 5 years that she was saved and gave her life to Christ. Catie now works as a Teachers Assistant as she builds her business as a Wedding Photographer. She loves writing and investing in her personal blog, cooking anything and everything, and spending time with her husband Ryan.

Laura Decker

Laura Decker

Congregation Care

Laura grew up in Dallas and accepted Christ when she was just 6 years old. She is one of the original core team members that helped plant Wells Branch Community Church in 2009 and has been faithfully and joyfully serving our church and community since then. She married her best friend, teammate, and the love of her life, Casey, in February of 2012. Laura supported Casey as he served as an elder at WBCC from 2013-2017. They have the sweetest almost 3-year- old son, Brodie, and are waiting on God as they seek to adopt their second child. Laura has a deep-rooted passion and gift of helping women discover the greatness of God and who they are in Christ through speaking events and leading small groups. She has also affectionately earned the nickname of ``Crisis Girl`` because of the way that she steps in to help others in times of need. You will find Laura making gift baskets, praying for people
in need, and encouraging others with God's truth which is why the elders have asked her to serve as WBCC's Deacon of Care. As Deacon of Care, Laura will continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are hurting or in need in our church.