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- Brandon McCaugheyLead Pastor
Family: Brandon grew up in Southern California, but loves being a Texan. He met his wife Crystal at a college bible study and were married in 2004 after being friends and dating for almost 4 years. They have 4 amazing kids- Micah, Noah, Isaiah, and Harley.
Education: Brandon graduated with his B.A. in Biblical Studies/Theology from Azusa Pacific University, and his M.A. in World Missions/Evangelism from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Favorite Food/Restaurant: Brandon loves tacos, sausage, and wings, and never met a chocolate chip cookie he didn’t like! His favorite restaurants are: Pinthouse Pizza, Torchy's, Moonie's, Blue Corn Harvest, and 600 Degrees.
Favorite Music/Artist: His favorite bands are: All Sons and Daughters, Walk Off the Earth, First Aid Kit, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Dubliners, Mumford & Sons, Yellowcard, Led Zeppelin, Dave Matthews Band, Fall Out Boy, Future of Forestry, and Zac Brown Band.
Favorite Books: Captains Courageous - Rudyard Kipling, Les Miserables - Victor Hugo, Telling Secrets - Frederick Buechner, Jayber Crow - Wendell Berry, Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis, The Hobbit - J.R. Tolkien, Death by Living - N.D. Wilson, You Are What You Love - James K.A. Smith, and Surprised by Hope - N.T. Wright.
Favorite Sports Team: Brandon tells his kids that if they don’t root for the Angels, they sleep outside! His teams are: Los Angeles Angels (Baseball), Notre Dame (NCAA Football), Austin FC (MLS), Chicago Bears (Football).
Bible verse: Lamentations 3:21-24 “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness, 'The LORD is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in Him.'"
Something most people don’t know about him: Brandon spent many years serving the Lord as a missionary in Turkey and has traveled to over 20 different countries.
Why does he love Highpoint? Brandon loves the way the Highpoint family loves one another and how on his first day on the job he knew without a doubt that he was loved and accepted as one of the family (even if he was from California).
- Amy Stevens, MA, BCCCExecutive Director
Family: Amy has been married to Brian, her high school sweetheart, since 1993 and has two grown sons (JP and Hunter) who each live a few short hours away. Amy is a native Texan and is blessed to live within one mile of her parents and sister.
Education: Amy received her BA in Psychology from UTSA, her MA in Human Services- Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University, and is currently working on her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Liberty.
Favorite Food/Restaurant: Amy loves eating out (hates to cook), so there are many! She and Brian can often be seen at The Grove, Lupe Tortilla, Freda’s or trying various downtown restaurants.
Favorite Sports Team: The UT Dallas Comets Basketball team- of course! If looking for a team where she’s not the mother of one of the players, then it has to be the University of Texas, San Antonio Spurs, and the Dallas Cowboys.
Bible Verse(s): Colossians 2:12-16. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
What most people don't know about her: Amy is terrified of birds. The staff checked- it's serious.
Why does she love Highpoint? Amy loves the REAL connections and the honesty that is displayed at Highpoint. People are loved and deep relationships are formed.
- TW DavisYouth Pastor
Family: He grew up in the foothills of North Carolina but got to Texas as soon as God allowed! He has a wonderful wife, Jenny, and an adorable son, Thomas.
Education: TW got his B.A. in Biblical Studies with a minor in Youth Ministry from Milligan College, located in East Tennessee. He is currently working on his Masters of Arts in Religion from Kentucky Christian University.
Favorite Food/Restaurant: TW loves macaroni and cheese, pizza, and wings. You can often find him hanging out at Buffalo Wild Wings!
Favorite Sports Team: His favorite teams are the Carolina Panthers, Duke basketball, the Atlanta Braves, and the Toronto Maple Leafs by association.
Bible Verse: The bearded TW has an affinity for the words of Samson, which say: “If I am shaved, then my strength will leave me and I will become weak and be like any other man.” Judges 16:17b
Something most people don’t know about him: One of his goals is to visit all 30 of the Major League Baseball stadiums. Working on it... over halfway done!
Why does he love Highpoint? TW loves our Church community and the way that we are a tribe that encourages, meets needs, and truly loves one another for who we are.
- Tyler MurphyWorship Pastor
Family: Married his wife, Caitlin, in 2008. They are foster parents for 2 sweet children and hope to adopt soon. Jonesy is their family furry throw pillow.
Education: Tyler graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Worship Ministry from Cincinnati Christian University.
Favorite Food/ Restaurant: Tyler is not picky. Just asks that you don’t put mushrooms in it.
Favorite Music/ Artist: Phil Wickham, Shane & Shane, All Sons & Daughters, Ben Rector, and Jimmy Eat World.
Favorite Sports team: Hook’em Horns! Michigan Wolverines, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, and Minnesota Vikings. (or just the underdog)
Free time activity: Loves watching TV shows and playing video games.
Bible verse: 2 Corinthians 4:5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
Something most people don’t know about him: Believes there are two kind of people in the world, those who love boy bands… and those who are liars!
Why does he love Highpoint? Highpoint has been home to Tyler and his wife Caitlin for many years. Both grew up in the youth group, Tyler interned at the church during college and now serves on staff. Tyler loves that in all three stages, he has seen Highpoint's culture of caring and loving people has been unchanged. It is a come-as-you-are-community!
- Daniel HunterChildren's Director
Family: Dan was born in Denver, Colorado where he was adopted as a baby. Dan has a sister who is 5 years older than him who was also adopted here in Austin. He lived in Colorado Springs until he was 3 before his family moved to Italy for his father's job, then Baltimore, Maryland before settling in Georgetown where he grew up. His birth mom later on had two little girls, and fortunately for Dan he gets to stay in touch with all of them. He is blessed to be present in their lives and see them grow up. Dan feels incredibly blessed to know and have a relationship with his birth mom and adoptive family... including his Lollipop Family and mini-bestie, Thomas.
Education: Dan graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010 with a major in History and a minor in Spanish.
Favorite Food/ Restaurant: Dan enjoys Texas barbecue and loves the brisket at Franklin Barbecue, specifically.
Favorite Sports Teams: Texas Longhorns, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Pistons, and Carolina Panthers.
Free time activity: Dan enjoys watching movies, sports and hanging out with friends.
Bible verse: Psalm 139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
Something most people don’t know about him: Dan wishes that he could communicate exclusively via gif (it’s gif not jif).
Why does he love Highpoint? The people that make up the community of Highpoint is what he loves, and getting to work and serve alongside them. Trips with the youth are some of his favorite memories along with building great relationships with awesome people.
- Theresa TherouxOffice Manager
Family: Theresa is born and raised a native Texan. Her husband Norman is from the Boston, Mass area but has claimed Texas as his home as he’s lived here longer. They have been married for almost 21 years and have six children combined: three boys and three girls + have nine grandchildren from the ages of 2.5 to 18 years.
Education: Theresa graduated from J. Frank Dobie High School in 1977. She graduated from San Jacinto College with her Associates Degree in Business Administration with a Two Year Secretarial Certificate.
Free time activity: Theresa loves to cook different cuisines and loves to experiment with any type of food. Luckily she also often blesses the HPF fam with these skills! She also loves to make her own salsa and jelly . You’ll also see her and hubby out camping quite often with their four-legged furry kids!
Bible verse: Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Why does she love Highpoint? Because it feels like HOME!
Favorite Highpoint Memory – She loves working with the Highpoint youth and does so whenever she can. They are the future of our church!
- Nina PeñaExecutive Director - Highpoint Community Ministries
Family: Nina is originally from California but moved to Texas as soon as she could . She met her husband Gino on a blind date and they were married within the year . She has three incredible sons: Andrew, Caleb, and Micah.
Education: Nina has her Associate's Degree from Oxnard Community College, CA and a Child Development Associate's from St. Augustine Institute, FL.
Favorite Food/Restaurant: Nina likes food... especially Southern's Pizza, anywhere that has french fries, and any place that rocks a gluten free menu.
Favorite Music: Nina’s favorite music is worship of all kinds and anything her husband is singing.
Free time activity: Nina likes to shop, shop, shop, and not cook! Naps and watching murder mysteries are also on the list of pastimes. And if it’s kid related, you’ll probably find Nina there.
Bible verse: Nina’s favorite Bible verse is actually a chapter – all of Psalm 139.
Something most people don’t know about her: Growing up, Nina enjoyed camping and dirt bike riding. You wouldn’t know it today since she avoids tents and dirt like crazy!
Why does she love Highpoint? It’s a place where you are loved, no matter where you are in your walk.
Board of Trustees
Each year, the congregation of Highpoint Fellowship selects members to the Board of Trustees.
Elected board members are: Chairperson, Brian Tanzola, Vice-Chair, Jeanne-Mari Horton, Secretary, Brian Short, Treasurer, Jim Martin, and members Bill Cabaniss, David Pierce, Connie Smith, David Tobey, Fred Visser, and Clifford Worthy.
Rights and Responsibilities: Trustees are given the right and responsibility to conduct the general business of the church, including oversight of the financial, legal and administrative aspects of the church. Both the Lead Pastor and the Executive Director report directly to the Board of Trustees.
Qualifications: To qualify to serve as a Trustee of the church, a person shall
- Have demonstrated experience in ministry or church leadership
- Be committed to Highpoint Fellowship’s purpose, goals, and leadership
- Possess gifts of wisdom, leadership, administration
- Be a member for at least 2 years before being elected
Characteristics: The characteristics of persons serving as Trustees should include:
- A life that models Christ and demonstrates high integrity,
- Spiritual gifts of wisdom, leadership, and administration,
- Strong communication skills,
- The ability to work together as a team with other Trustees,
- The respect of Highpoint Fellowship members and others in our community, and
- A deep love for the members of Highpoint
Responsibilities of a Member In Good Standing: Membership in the church implies certain individual responsibilities.
Members, by the enabling of God, should:
- Honor, love, and pray for the leadership of the church,
- Honor, love, and pray for one another,
- Strive to preserve unity and harmony in the body,
- Serve the body by using God-given gifts and talents,
- Attend church assemblies and meetings regularly, and
- Contribute, as the Lord enables, time, talent, tithes, and offerings for the church
If you would like to contact our Trustees about a church matter, you may either go through our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the following form below.
Each year, new Shepherds are nominated and selected to the Shepherd team.
The Shepherds are: Jean Billingsley, Rebecca Coneby, Jessica Edwards, Josh Edwards, Dwight Forrister, Daniel Hunter, Mark Lawson, Mary Lawson, Gino Peña, David Pierce, Connie Smith, Theresa Theroux, KC Vearner, and Susie Vearner.
The Highpoint Fellowship bylaws state:
The Shepherds are a team of lay church members whose purpose is to provide spiritual guidance, compassionate care, and teaching to the church. Shepherds serve the role as ascribed to elders, bishops, or overseers in the Bible. (I Timothy 3:1 – 7; Titus 1:6 – 9; I Peter 5:1 – 4)
Responsibilities of the Shepherds include, but are not limited to:
- Providing Spiritual Guidance
- Intercede daily for spiritual wisdom and insight (Ephesians 1:17).
- Develop relationships by being present and available (especially in groups, classes, ministries and the lobby). Show up.
- Identify and disciple growing Christians so they, in turn, can disciple others.
- Lovingly lead members to resolve relational problems in a Biblical way.
- Gently restore people who are caught in a sin. Always be aware of how easy it is to be tempted. Be willing to bare one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:1-2).
- Providing Compassionate Care
- Show unconditional love to all members regardless of their opinions, personalities, backgrounds or failures.
- Respond to prayer requests. The Shepherds should ensure that all requests are covered in prayer.
- Visit those in the hospital, the sick and the homebound (when appropriate).
- Provide generous support to the Trustees, the Staff, Ministry Leaders and fellow Shepherds through encouragement, mentoring and prayers.
- Communicate with your fellow Shepherds in sharing responsibility to provide pastoral care.
- Be hospitable.
- Providing Teaching a. Teach through actions, words and the Scriptures.
- Guard the church from unbiblical teaching.
We affirm that we are wholly inadequate to the task of shepherding God’s church. We rely on the Holy Spirit more than any process or system. Our prayer is- first, middle, and always- that we are being transformed into Christ’s likeness through the power and leading of the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18).
If you would like to contact our Shepherd team, you may either contact email@example.com or fill out the following form.