The staff of Westoak Woods desires to serve. Our first priority is to be a servant of Jesus Christ. Other priorities include our families and our church. However, we also desire to serve you. We want to be available to provide you with quality programs that will help meet your needs. We, as a staff, desire to see you and your family succeed in the world around us. Today, society tends to tear down and report the negative side of children and youth. We want to build up and show our world the positive things they are doing.
Do you need someone to laugh or cry with you? Call on our church staff. We care about you!
Currently we are without a senior Pastor. We are diligently seeking God’s will for who the next person will be to shepherd this congregation. In this interim time period if you have any questions please feel free to contact any of the other staff. Thank you and please continue to pray for us during this time.
Chris Sanders - Executive Pastor
Chris Sanders is a proud native of Austin, Texas. Chris attended The University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Prior to following God's call to vocational ministry, Chris was a homebuilder in the Austin area. Since entering the ministry, he completed his Diploma in Education Ministries through the Seminary Extension Program of the SBC Seminaries.Chris married his wife Lynda, also of Austin, in 1970. They have three children; Ben, Andrea, and Lauren. Chris enjoys singing, playing guitar, traveling and the outdoors.
Terry Wright - Pastor to Students
Terry joined the Westoak Woods family in August of 2009. He has served as a student pastor in one way or another for almost 19 years. God has blessed Terry with the ability to preach God's word in an understandable and real way. Terry has a great sense of humor and loves being around and involved with students.
Terry graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 2001 with a Bachelors in Behavioral Science/Applied Theology and a minor in Bible.Terry attended Seminary at Logsdon School of Theology for 2 years and finished his Masters of Arts in Religion at Jacksonville Theological Seminary.
God blessed Terry in March of 2009 by allowing him to marry Jeanna. Jeanna is a RN and in Management Seton network of hospitals. Jeanna and Terry have been blessed with 3 wonderful little girls. Lily, 5yrs old, Noelle, 3yrs old, and Charlie 8 months old.
Terry and Jeanna enjoy traveling, watching movies and trying new things, but these days they mostly try to keep up with their girls. They are enjoying living in Austin.
Matt DesAutels - Worship Pastor
Matt started at Westoak Woods in March of 2015 and has 12 years of music and youth leadership experience. He graduated from Midwestern State University in 2002 in his hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas. His greatest joy is leading people to understand and participate in true worship, using all styles of music – and to recognize that worship is about so much more than music! In his spare time, Matt can often be found playing board or card games. Challenge him to a game, and his competitive nature will likely come out!
Collette Lain is the new Director. She has been on staff as a teacher at WWBP since 2003. She has taught every age level and most extensively Pre-Kindergarten. Collette has an Elementary Education Degree from the University of Nevada.
Children’s Minister Director
We are currently without a Children's Ministry Director. We do have a team of people who are working to keep this vital ministry moving and impacting students lives.