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

Pastor of Magnification

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 Pastor of Magnification. 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 and a daughter named Nora. 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

Pastor of Membership

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 student 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 Youth Blog.

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

Joe Seestadt

Joe Seestadt

Young Adult Pastor

Joe grew up in Fenton, Michigan and spent the past several years in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Wells Branch to come on staff. He felt the call to enter the ministry after serving for 14 years in business, with his last role as a healthcare executive. Joe has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master's of Business Administration. As God continued to press on his heart to enter ministry, Joe began seminary at Liberty Baptist Theological University and graduated in December 2016 with a Master's of Divinity. He and his wife, Ranae, have six children and have spent the past several years doing neighborhood outreach and standing for the vulnerable, especially orphans. Joe loves to have fun playing with the kids, taking his beautiful wife out on dates, and hanging out with the neighbors.

Joseph Aiken

Joseph Aiken

Family 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.

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.

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.

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!