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.
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. You can check them out along with other things Chris is doing at www.chrisplekenpol.com
Associate / Worship Pastor
Grayson is married to Megan and they consider their dog Bentley to be their child. He is a singer/songwriter, athlete, and a FIFA and 24 fanatic. He pursued full time ministry since the age of 16 and now calls Wells Branch his home. God has given Grayson a love for people, all things musical, and the desire to “Live for more!”
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Ben grew up in Lufkin, TX and graduated from Ouachita Baptist University. After college Ben served as a youth pastor in both Lufkin and Smithville. God later called Ben to be involved in church planting, and in order to be well equipped he attended Dallas Theological Seminary and received a Masters in Cross Cultural Ministry. God connected Ben with Wells Branch Community Church in March 2012. After serving for a few months he was hired as the Executive Pastor in September. Ben and his wife Kcathy have been married for 10 years and have 2 sons, Drew and Micah. They love Austin and love being a part of the vision to reach people with the life changing message of the gospel.
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 welcomed their first child, Samantha Grace, a week before his graduation. Phill loves Aggie sports, playing the guitar, and summer camp. Follow Phill on Facebook, Twitter, and on the WBCC Youth Blog.
Katie grew up in Corsicana, TX and graduated from Dallas Baptist University in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She met her husband, James, at the Passion Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2011, and they both moved to Austin shortly after. They have been married since December 2013 and love living in Austin and serving at Wells Branch Community Church.
Robert grew up in the South Houston area, and attended Sam Houston State University, where he met his beautiful wife Debi. They moved to Austin in 1984 and accepted Christ in 1994, after battling depression and an addictive lifestyle. God has blessed Robert with two wonderful adult children Ryan and Christine. Robert’s gifting and heart has lead him to serve in Recovery and Discipleship ministries. He is looking forward to what God has planned for WBCC in the years to come.
Holland accepted Christ as a 19 year old at Texas A&M after reading through the gospel of Matthew, and talking with his roommate about the gospel. From that point on, he has had a growing passion for knowing God more and making Him known. After graduating, he moved to Dallas to work full time with a ministry called I am Second as the college campus director, and a mission trip leader to Bolivia. He met his amazing wife Jenny there in Dallas, and they have now lived here in Wells Branch since 2012, enjoying the beautiful city of Austin together! Their dream is to plant a church-planting church in central Austin to continue the mission of reaching every man, woman, and child in Austin with the gospel.
Tony came to faith in the summer of 1973 while attending a summer revival. He accepted Christ after he heard the song titled I Wished We All Been Ready. For the past 17 years he has been attending HCBC Austin’s Lakeline campus. While attending there he was involved in Men’s, Children’s, High School and yes, even Women’s ministries. Over the past 10 years he and his wife Karen have led a community group [aka REALife groups].
Casey grew up in New Hampshire and after graduating college, moved to Texas. Growing up far from the church scene he did not begin his walk with Jesus until God changed his heart in 2006. Casey is now passionate to creatively help people see God’s awesome love for us. Casey met his beautiful wife Laura while serving in youth ministry at Hill Country Bible Church. Together they were led to help plant Wells Branch Community Church.
Tate grew up in North Carolina and accepted Christ as his Savior at 8 years old, but it wasn’t until his involvement with Intervarsity in college that he began to fully understand what it meant to live for Christ 7 days a week, not just on Sundays. Tate moved to Austin in 1998 and married his wife Debbie in 2008. They began attending WBCC in late 2011 to become more involved in reaching the Wells Branch community and have thoroughly enjoyed their time at WBCC ever since. Today, Tate and Debbie enjoy chasing around their 1 year old son Judah or their trusty boxer Mani or, at times, both.
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.