Our Staff
Rev. Tom Grevlos
Pastor Tom was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated from Augustana College in 1979 with a B.A. in History. Following college, he coached the Augie Tennis Team and worked as a Youth Director in California before going to Seminary at Luther in St. Paul, MN. God's ministry journey for Pastor Tom has taken him to Missouri City, TX. (New Hope), Addison, IL. (Prince of Peace), The Woodlands, TX. (Spirit of Joy!...a church plant), Naperville, IL. (Our Saviours), and to Shepherd of the Hills. His hobbies include tennis, golf, music, reading, and travel. His family is wife, Jeanne and son, Tommy (25 years old and living in Chicago).
Rev. Lauren Dow Wegner
Pastor Lauren is overjoyed to be back in her home state to serve God's people at Shepherd of the Hills! She received a BA in Theology from Texas Lutheran University in 2003, and served as Director of Youth & Family Ministries at Shepherd of the Hills from 2004-2006. She then moved to Columbia, SC for seminary and received an MDiv with honors from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 2010. While in seminary, she met her husband, Dave, who is also an ordained ELCA pastor. She and Dave served in both their first and second calls together--the first at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC, and then at Grace Lutheran Church & School in River Forest, IL. Pastor Lauren's ministry is very relational; she loves to hear your stories and learn about how you experience God in your life and the world around you. She loves serving Christ alongside people of all ages, from the very young to the older in our midst, and deeply values the unique gifts that each person brings to the Body of Christ. Pastor Lauren writes often about the intersections of faith, motherhood, and womanhood, and her work has been published in Augsburg Fortress publications as well as in The Christian Century. Pastor Lauren finds great joy in music through singing and songwriting, as well as playing guitar and flute. You can frequently find her at local coffee shops and cafes, either writing or meeting people for conversation and prayer. She and Dave, along with their children, Owen and Caroline, are thrilled to be part of the family of faith at Shepherd of the Hills!
Bill Dawson
Executive Director
bill@shephills.org
Bill Dawson is the executive director and manages the "business" items of Shepherd of the Hills with a focus on expanding church communications and improving ministry effectiveness with vision & strategic planning. Bill's background is with operating small businesses and providing consulting services. Bill's past also includes church council president and membership on other nonprofit boards. Bill's married to Sara (36 years) and they have two sons, Brian living in Florida with his wife, Jessica and Doug, who is on the Butterfly Preschool board and recently married to his wife, Sara. Bill's outside interests include golf, amateur radio, running and foreign policy issues.
Sandy Gaskin
Congregational Nurse
sandy@shephills.org
Sandy started her nursing career as a Candy Striper at the hospital in Port Lavaca Texas when she was in high school. From there she went on to Texas Woman’s University where she enrolled in the nursing program. Sandy taught expectant parent classes for army personnel in Bindlach Germany for two years. After returning to the states – her first “real” nursing job was at Brackenridge Hospital. While there, she discovered her love of teaching and began her teaching career at Brackenridge School of Nursing. After receiving her MSN from The University of Texas, She went on to teach at Austin Community College, De Anza College (Cupertino California) Back to ACC and finally at Concordia University. Working with people and their families to support them at some of the most difficult times is so rewarding. I hope to be a blessing to the ShepHills congregation and to provide support, education and information. Please let me know if I can help.
Kevin McClure
Director of Worship & Arts
kevin@shephills.org
Kevin McClure is Director of Worship and Arts. If you have an interest in the music program or the arts at Shepherd of the Hills, come and see him! Kevin leads the choirs, works with soloists and small ensembles, and assists in designing the worship services. He is married to Sara Burden McClure, Founder and Director of the Austin Girls Choir, and father of Ian. When not at church or at the baseball field with Ian, he can often be found at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, where he is Director of Music and Lecturer. His High Holy Days now include the U.S. Grand Prix, held in Austin in November.
Jeanne Grevlos
Preschool Director & Family Ministry Facilitator
director@shephills.org
Jeanne Grevlos is our Butterfly Christian Preschool Director and interim Family Ministry Facilitator. She has been involved in the lives of children and families through directing preschools, teaching in public school, and mentoring both young moms and families through different ministry opportunities for over 30 years. In 2011, she completed a two year study program of Spiritual Direction, which offered great insight into the stages of faith development for both children and adults, a deep sense of prayer experience, and fresh ways to internalize scripture. She hopes to companion with others as we live our way into life as it unfolds. Jeanne is married to Pastor Tom, and they have a 31 year old son named Tommy.
Trixi Spinelli
Financial Officer
trixi@shephills.org
Trixi, has been our Church Financial Officer for the past 13 years. She enjoys the many challenges as an Accountant and different areas of Advisory roles on the Outreach Team, Endowment and Finance Team. In her free time she loves to hang out with her 2 sons trying new adventures or just watching movies together. Some of her hobbies are walking town lake, being outdoors on horseback and dancing. One of Trixi’s favorite bible verses is Corinthians 13:4 “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up”
Dabney Gomes
Creative Media Designer/Admin Assistant
dabney@shephills.org
Dabney is our Administrative Assistant at Shepherd of the Hills. She relocated to Austin from Raleigh, NC in 2008 with her husband Cisco, and sons Walt, 11, and Ansel, 9. From her previous life as an architect she brings a broad knowledge of computer programs and an ability to wear whatever hat is needed to get the job done. In her spare time Dabney enjoys DIY projects around the house, kayaking, and raising her boys. Her favorite bible passage is Psalm 25 “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust…”
Amanda Forsberg
Admin Ministry Coordinator
amanda@shephills.org
Amanda Forsberg is the Admin Ministry Coordinator in the Church office, beginning August 1st,2017. Amanda's primary responsibilities will be to help with office administrative tasks and coordinate various ShepHills activities. Amanda was born and raised in Montana. In 2013, she moved to Austin. Shortly after, she met her husband, Peter Forsberg, and in September 2016, Amanda and Peter joined Shepherd of the Hills. Amanda has been volunteering in the office since February. In their free time, Amanda and Peter enjoy being outdoors, traveling and cheering on the Texas Longhorns! One of her favorite Bible verses is 2 Corinthians 5:7
Joel Timmons
Youth Director
joel@shephills.org
Joel is the new Youth Director here at Shepherd of the Hills as well a seminary student at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he is working towards his MA in Youth Ministry. Joel is from Portland, OR and his hobbies include spending time at the lake, exercising, and getting coffee with friends.
Rebecca Guengerich
Director of Spirituality and Wellness
rguengerich@gmail.com
Rebecca Guengerich, Director of Spirituality and Wellness, listens through Spiritual Direction and Stephen’s Ministry, for places where God breaks through our disorder to bring healing. Born in North Dakota, Rebecca’s family moved within a year to Texas where her father pastored churches at Gruver and Yorktown. She returned north to Concordia College, Minnesota to earn a degree in Home Economics, only to be lured back to warmth to teach high school and work at the March of Dimes in Houston. Rebecca married Steve and raised 3 children. In 2008, she earned a Masters degree from the Austin Episcopal Seminary. Steve’s Job took her to China for a year. Back in the United States, she began work at LuMin U.T. Austin and National LuMin to coordinate the annual conference, where she still works in addition to Shephills.
Maria Lyapkova
Dr. Maria Lyapkova is our pianist at Shepherd of the Hills. She accompanies the senior choir, collaborates with soloists and small ensembles, and offers piano lessons. Maria moved to the United States from Moscow, Russia in 2010. She came to Austin in 2015 and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. Maria performs as a solo and chamber musician and gives lecture-recitals at music schools, colleges, and universities. She is excited to share her significant experience and passion for music with the community and provide a comprehensive musical education to her students. Stay tuned for her next performance at Shepherd of the Hills.
Philip Stewart
Campus Superintendent
phil@shephills.org
July 13, 2020