LEADERSHIP & STAFF
Our Ministry Leaders live out their faith and use their unique gifts to empower us all in faith, hope, and love! Meet our staff below. And when you meet them in person, you will be grateful for the JOY they bring to our life together!
Pr. Tom Grevlos
Pr. Tom Grevlos
Experienced Pastor but always Learning Something New!
Loves God, Loves Family, Loves People of all Ages, Loves the Challenge of being a Pastor-Leader, and Loves the Imperfect Church!
Optimistic, Hopeful, Laughter, Caring, Visioning, Open, and Creative!
Favorite part of the job?
Being informed by the always relevant Living Word of God in my reaching, teaching, preaching, and leading. Seeing lives changed and impacted by the power of the Holy Spirit!
Pr. Lauren Dow Wegner
Pr. Lauren Dow Wegner
Pastor Lauren loves Jesus and loves people, so for her, there's nothing better than being a pastor! She loves to hear people's stories and experiences of God in their lives. A native Texan, Pastor Lauren has also served wonderful congregations in North Carolina and Chicago. She's thrilled to be settled in Austin with her family--husband Dave, and children, Owen and Caroline. In her free time, PL writes about faith, life, and motherhood, and you might find her with her guitar writing a new song to share with the community.
Favorite part of the job? Equipping God's people to practice and share faith in our daily lives!
Joel is a seminary student in Austin seeking ordination in the ELCA, so walking alongside youth and wrestling with questions about faith in their lives is incredibly gratifying work. Outside of his work and studies, you can find Joel out paddle boarding on Town Lake or playing cards with his friends.
Favorite part of the job? Building relationships with youth, whether it's during a Youth Group Bible study or sitting around a campfire on a retreat!
CARE & SUPPORT
SPIRITUALITY & WELLNESS
She treasures watching people’s face light up when they are given the opportunity to speak freely without judgement and discern what their heart is telling them. Rebecca is now a first time Grandmother. She is more than willing to show pictures of her grandson.
Favorite part of the job? Listening!
Sandy loves helping people, answering their health questions, and supporting them in any way she can. She is a part of the Care Team and during this pandemic has been keeping in touch with congregation members through phone calls and greeting cards.
DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP & ARTS
Kevin leads the music making at Shepherd of the Hills, by playing, singing, directing and planning. His most important role, however, is finding the wonderful talent here and giving it a place to shine.
Favorite part of the job? Finding the wonderful talent here and giving it a place to shine.
Dr. Maria Lyapkova accompanies the senior choir, collaborates with soloists and small ensembles, and offers piano lessons. Maria moved to the United States from Moscow in 2010, and performs as a solo and chamber musician and lecturer at music schools, colleges, and universities.
Favorite part of the job? Sharing her passion for music with the community.
Dabney’s life passion is design, and she counts herself lucky that she spends her work-life creating and communicating for her faith community at ShepHills. In her free time Dabney advocates for local LGBTQIA+ youth, and secretly dreams of living abroad and learning a new language.
Favorite part of the job? The challenge of communicating in a world of information overload!
DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS EDITOR
Dave joined the staff to support and develop engagement with individuals, families, and the community through online streaming, in-house media production, and social media platforms. He is married to Pastor Lauren and, along with their two children, loves laughing, music, biking, and the beach.
Favorite part of the job: As an ordained pastor, Dave is passionate about the Gospel, connecting our story with God's story, and equipping disciples in everyday life!
OPERATIONS & ADMINISTRATION
Bill manages the “business” functions of ShepHills and supports ministries in their operations, strategic planning and visioning. Bill enjoys witnessing Christ’s presence through all the various ministries, and the impact ShepHills makes on both local and global communities.
Favorite part of the job? Finding opportunities to expand ShepHill’s reach through enhanced technology.
ADMINISTRATION & MINISTRY COORDINATOR
Amanda enjoys being the face of the front office for Shepherd of the Hills and feels very blessed to get to interact with each and every one of you. When she is not in the front office, Amanda loves to travel with her husband, Pete and cheer on the Longhorns.
Favorite part of her job? Seeing it all come together on Sunday morning!
Kevin loves Jesus, his wife and family (including two adorable grandchildren right here in Cedar Park), swimming/biking/running, and any opportunity to be a servant leader. After 27 years in Southwest Florida, he’s ready to explore the beautiful Texas Hill Country and put his financial knowledge to work to benefit and strengthen the faithful community of ShepHills.
Favorite part of the job? Check back later regarding financial tasks, but I can already say I love the caring family/team at ShepHills!
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR OF LOCAL MISSIONS
Weldon and his wife Mary are long-time members of Shepherd of the Hills. Weldon is active in all aspects of our community, and serves on the Developing Missions Team.
Favorite part of the job? Weighing the food gathered each week for Bread for All, and being amazed at the steadfast generosity of our congregation.
BUTTERFLY PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR
Having earned degrees in both Education and Psychology, the early childhood world of the developing brain is her passion! Jeanne has served the learning realm for over forty years as an elementary school teacher, adult education coordinator, and a trained spiritual director.
Favorite part of the job? Watching children flourish in the freedom of just being a child…learning, growing, discovering, and delighting in everything God’s world has to offer.
STEWARDING FOR GROWTH