SWCC ELDERS

Fred Brown - Current Chairman

Fred was born in Texas in 1965, and has lived in Austin since leaving active duty from the Navy in 1991 and becoming a student at the University of Texas. He retired from the Navy Reserve in 2007.

Fred is currently employed as Server and Desktop support at Apple Inc. Fred married his wife Wendy in 1998, they have three children and six grandchildren. Fred has been a member of Southwest Christian Church since 1997 and is currently serving as the Chairman of our Elders.

Fred's Favorites
Bible Verse: "Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4
Books of the Bible: Job, Gospel of John
Activities: Reading, singing, spending time with the family.

Paul Carnes

Born and raised in Michigan, Paul has lived in California, New York and Texas. He and his family have lived in Buda since 1984. Paul has served several terms as Chairman of the Elders.

Professionally, Paul is a Certified Technical Trainer.  Paul and his wife Betty have been married since 1971, and have one grown son and three grandchildren. They have been members of Southwest Christian Church since 1998.

Paul's Favorites
Bible Verse: I Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”.
Books of the Bible: John, Proverbs and Genesis
Activities: Spending time with my family, working around the house, model railroading.

Paul Diaz, Sr.

Born in Austin, Paul has lived here all his life. He married his childhood sweetheart, Sarah in 1970. Paul and Sarah have three grown children and five grandchildren. They have been members of Southwest Christian since 1978, and were instrumental in establishing Southwest as a bilingual congregation.  Paul has served as Chairman of the Elders for several terms and has been a member of our Praise Band from its inception.

Paul works with a global technology advisory company where he advises IT executives on technology strategy and provides leadership coaching.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Dallas Christian College, and is a Trustee with Mexican Border Christian Ministries.​
Paul's Favorites
Bible Verse: James 1:2-5 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
Books of the Bible: James and Acts
Activities enjoyed: UT Football, traveling, UT Football (no accident), music, and the Southwest Christian Praise Band.

Ron Leigh

Born in California, Ron was raised in Michigan and Texas. His home has been in Austin since 1972.  Ron married his high school sweetheart, Lisa, and they have been married for over 40 years (1977). They have three adult children & four  granddaughters.  
Professionally Ron is a Certified Project Manager for HPE in Austin. He has been a member of Southwest Christian Church since 1972. Ron previously served several years as a Deacon.

Ron's Favorites
Bible Verse: I Corinthians 16:13-14, “Be on your guard; stand firm in faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love”.
Books of the Bible: 1 Peter and 1 John
Activities: Ron enjoys softball, running and golf.

Eliud Rivera

Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Eliud's family moved  to Chicago, Ill. while he was still a child. His father, Juan, was a founding member and served as an Elder of Community Christian Church in Chicago for over 50 years.  Eliud and his wife Teresa have been married for more than 20 years and have a lovingly blended family including one daughter, two sons and three grandchildren.
 
Eliud and Teresa have been members of Southwest Christian since May of 2011.  He is a retired steelworker following more than 35 years of service to that industry. Eliud previously served as a Deacon, then as an Elder, at Town & Country Christian Church in Indiana.  Teresa has actively served with the Music and Drama Ministry,  Hospitality Committee and they have hosted Bible studies in their home.
  
Eliud’s Favorites
Books of the Bible: Psalms, Favorite Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:58 – "Stand firm, let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
Activities: Sports: Eliud remains a loyal Chicago Bears, Bulls, White Sox, Cubs, & Blackhawks fan!

SWCC DEACONS

Jose Cerda

Jose  is an Austin native and grew up at Southwest Christian.  The Cerda family were part of the initial group that launched Southwest’s Hispanic ministry in the late 1970’s.  He and his wife Karrie have been a couple since high school and have 3 children; Myriah (26), JC (21), and Jacob (16) and one grandson, Matthew.  Jose and Karrie own JC Construction, specializing in custom home construction and remodels.  Karrie leads the Women’s Ministry at Southwest.

Chris Dobbs

Chris was raised in East Texas where he and his family lived until relocating to Buda in 2014. Chris grew up in both the non-instrumental and instrumental Church where he began a relationship with Christ as Lord and Savior through confession and baptism at age 12. Chris has previously served in churches as Youth Director, Worship Leader, and Deacon before coming to SWCC where he now serves as a member of the Worship Ministry team.  Chris and Allison have been married for over 20 years and have three children.
       Chris has worked in various areas of the music and media industry as well as law enforcement and security and currently works in the financial sector full time and serves as SWCC's  part time Worship Director.
       Chris and his wife, Allison, have been married for 20 years and have 3 children.  In his free time you'll find either enjoying a great band around Austin or hiking on the Greenbelt.

Gabe Ginorio

Gabe was born on June, 28, 1973. He received his bachelors in Media Arts from CSU, Chico in 2007. Gabe and his wife Katie were married on April 25, 2009. After relocating from Seattle, Gabe and his family began attending Southwest in the Summer of 2011. Over the years, he has been a part of several new church plants in several cities. As part of the Southwest family, he has served regularly  during communion, photographed for holidays and baptisms, and has been involved in most church events. Katie serves with the youth at the church. They have three daughters, Serafina, who is 8 years old, Lily, who is 5 years old, and Lucia, who is 2 years old. .

James Grant

James  was born and raised in Harlingen, Texas and moved to Austin in 1999. He  is 48 years old and has been married to his wife Beckie for 21 years.  They have two children, Haileigh, age 22, and James III (JD), age 20.  James served as a Deacon at the  First Christian Church of Harlingen before coming to Austin.  James recently retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as air traffic controller. He previously  worked as a flight instructor and charter pilot.  James enjoys photography, sports, flying and restoring old machinery.  James previously served as a deacon and is excited to rejoin the board and serve in this way. 

Noel Hertenberger

 Noel  was born in 1977 in Webster, TX.  His family moved to Austin in 1978 and he grew up attending Southwest with his parents. After graduating from Crockett High School he spent four years in the 82 Airborne Division as a medic. After leaving the Army he started school, worked various jobs, and worked with the youth group at SWCC. Jenny serves in the nursery and Noel is active in the student ministry.  Noel and his wife Jenny were married on June 15, 2008, have a son, Noah (4), and twins Eli and Ella(1).  Noel and Jenny both work at St. David’s South Austin, he as a RN and she as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

Matthew Holliman

Matthew was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1989. He has been married for four years to Courtney and has a beautiful baby girl.  He has been a member at Southwest Christian Church for more than a year and serves as a teacher in the children's ministry and Sunday school teacher for the Youth. Matthew owns a growing landscaping company that services the Kyle and Buda area.
Bible Verses: Matthew 5:14-15, Isaiah 1:17, Proverbs 12:1, Book of the Bible: Proverbs
Activities: Projects, Having meals with family, Learning and growing in spirit,

Greg Jenkins

Greg has been married to his wife Stacy (Diaz) for 16 years. The  Jenkins have four children, three of which are from Greg's previous marriage; two grown boys, Justin and Kyle, and two daughters, Reagan who is 23 and Isabella who is 12 years old. Greg has been a Christian for 29 years and  a member of SWCC for 20 years. Greg has served Southwest as a Youth Sponsor, in the Maintenance Ministry, Worship Support Ministry, as a Bible School Teacher and is currently serving as a Deacon. Greg is employed as a  Commercial Construction Superintendent for a construction company in Austin.  Stacy serves on the worship team playing piano for both worship services. 

Chris Schroeder

Chris is from Palm Springs, California  and grew up in the church where his step-father served as the Pastor.  The Schroeder’s began attending Southwest in the summer of 2014.  He and his wife, Melinda, will celebrate 17 years of marriage this January and are parents to 5 children; Julia (17), Jared (15), Jacob (12), Jessica (10), and Jenna (5).  Chris and Melinda are both active volunteers in the Kid’s Ministry, leading the kindergarten class.  Chris is a Receiving Manager at Costco, enjoys coaching his sons flag football teams, playing board games, and is a fan of Southern California sports (49ers, Angels, Kings, USC). Melinda’s days are spent homeschooling their children.

Del Senn

Del was born in California in 1950. Del and Kathy Senn have been at Southwest Christian Church since Sept 2014. They moved from place to place (NC; West Berlin, GE; CA; and VA) with the US Army from 1983, when they were married, until Del retired from the Army in 1998.  They stayed in Newport News, VA from then until 2013, and attended Olivet Christian Church, where Del served as a deacon, until they moved to Kyle, TX to be closer to their youngest daughter and her family.  Their lives have been richly blessed by the people and experiences God has given them, and they feel especially blessed to have found this place to serve, and to serve with the SWCC family.  

Rudy Villarreal

Rudy  has been a part of the Southwest family for 34 years.  He and Marie have been married for 39 years, have 2 children (Emory and Rudy, Jr.), and 5 grandchildren.  Rudy launched a recovery ministry (CA) at our previous location that became an integral part of Southwest.  Marie remains active in leading a Co-Anon group that meets weekly at Southwest. Together they have mentored countless people and continue to help people reclaim their lives from addiction.  Rudy is mechanic by trade and previously owned Rudy’s Automotive.  He and Marie currently own and operate a furniture resale store in South Austin