Southwest Bible Church is an Elder led church. Elders are men called by God to shepherd the church and are qualified to be Elders based on the characteristics described in 1 Tim. 3 and Titus 1. The church staff enjoys the privilege of serving the church body and our community as we all seek to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples.

CHURCH ELDERS

Phil Christensen

As a husband, father, teacher and pastor, Phil loves being caught up in the great adventure of following Jesus.  With a love for Jesus, the church and our city, Phil has a passion for helping people encounter the life changing grace, truth and love of Jesus.  Being a part of the Southwest family since 2005 has been an amazing blessing that keeps getting better.  Phil and his wife, Cynthia, have three adult children: Taylor, Meghan and Wesley.

Pat Dean

Pat Dean and his wife, Ariana, have been members of SWBC since 2005. After years of trying to do things his own way, only to end up in deep bondage to all of the sinful ways, Pat came to know Jesus in December of 1989. Pat’s desire is to live a life of faith in Christ and complete dependence on Him, and to help others do the same. Pat has served the church in various roles: on the elder team from 2008 through 2011, as a small group shepherd since 2006, and currently as a greeter. Pat and Ariana have two children, Tino and Jo Ann.

Paul DeRouen

Paul DeRouen and his wife, Tracy, have been members of SWBC since 2009. After nearly 30 years of ignoring God and living life for himself, Paul came to life-changing faith in Christ Jesus in February 2007. Through a series of providential circumstances and painful losses Paul came to recognize a deep need for and desire to follow God. It is Paul’s desire to follow Jesus wherever He leads, to help fellow believers do the same, and to share the fantastic news about Jesus along the way with anybody who will listen.  Paul is currently serving as a teacher in the Children’s Ministry, as a Small Group Shepherd and as an Usher.

Toby Parker

Toby along with his wife Amy and children Jack and Grace have been at SWBC since 2013.  Toby and Amy both grew up in the church, and have been blessed with a faith that is grounded in the need for Jesus day after day.  Toby has previously served as a Deacon at SWBC and along with Amy now serves as Small Group Shepherds.  He graduated with a Masters of Art in Global Studies from Liberty University in 2015 because of the burning God had placed in his heart for His creation.    

Bill Ward

Bill Ward has been with SWBC since 2009. He led the men’s Bible Study Group from 2010 to 2013. He is very active in our Celebrate Recovery ministry where, as someone who is recovering from the wounds of divorce, he is able to assist people in finding recovery through Jesus Christ. He also serves with the Prayer Team and believes that prayer is one of the primary ways that God has given us to enter into His presence. Bill received Christ into his life when he was 14 years of age and seeks Him daily for God’s will for his life. Bill is involved in mentoring men in their relationship with Jesus. Since he has trusted Jesus with his life and experienced such joy in this relationship, he wants everyone, who will submit to God’s authority to experience this joy. Bill tries to live daily by this overall thought: “I want to do all the good I can, to all the people I can, while I can.”

Kevin Terrazas

Kevin Terrazas and his family have been with Southwest Bible Church since 2008.  Kevin received Christ into his life when he was in college when a friend on the same sports team introduced him to the Gospel.  Since trusting in Jesus, he has experienced tremendous change and a new understanding about how life is about God and not about self.  As he may tell you, God’s work is hardly finished in Kevin’s life and he looks forward to the trials and tribulations God has in store as he attempts to serve God with this congregation.   

Kevin is passionate about God and reaching out to others.  He has faithfully served for several years in the children’s ministry for multiple ages (Monkeys and 1st-3rd Grade), has served as a deacon for two years, and has served as an usher and on the logistics team. Kevin is currently serving on the Global Outreach and Benevolence teams, which fits his desire to see the Great Commission in action.  

God has blessed Kevin with his loving wife Patricia and his God-fearing children Sienna, and Alex.  

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CHURCH STAFF

Phil Christensen

“My desire is to help people encounter the life changing grace, truth and love of Jesus.”

 

About Phil: Phil married far above his head when he married Cynthia. She is a wonderful wife, an exceptional mom and a gifted encourager. Phil and Cynthia love and enjoy their three children; Taylor, Meghan and Wesley. Phil enjoys going on dates with his wife, spending time with his kids, hiking, backpacking and reading. He also loves to travel, especially to out of the way places, on mission trips.

 

Favorite Scripture: Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord." Jeremiah 9:23-24

Paul Emerson

"My desire is to live in this world serving God by serving others, seeking to be obedient to His call and to help awaken the hearts of this generation to worship Him."

 

About Paul: He considers himself a very blessed man. He married his beautiful wife, Charis, in February of 2003. Since then they have had two amazing children, a son, Britain, born March of 2007 and a daughter, Bella, born Dec of 2010. He grew up in Austin, Texas and has always had a great love for this city. He has had the occasion to visit other places around the world, but has always been happy to return home to Austin. Music is another love of his and he has had the privilege of playing around the world and in some of the coolest venues Austin has to offer. However, his favorite place to play is with his church family at Southwest Bible Church. He also loves football, as it’s always been something that has brought him close to the people he loves. As a result, he loves to play, watch or just talk about football…Dallas Cowboy’s football being the best kind. Some of his other favorite things are fishing, hunting, snowboarding, drinking coffee, singing with his wife, playing with his kids, and spending time with friends.

 

Favorite Scripture: For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36

Scott Rhodes

“My desire is to live for God rather than myself, love others as myself, and lead others to do the same.”

 

About Scott: A native of Sweetwater, Texas, Scott has lived in Austin 14 of the last 18 years. Before being called to full-time family ministry at SWBC in 2015, Scott worked as an attorney and served at SWBC for 9 years as an elder, small group shepherd, and children’s ministry worker. Scott met his wife, Rebekah, while they were students at the University of Texas. They have been married since 2002, and they have three daughters: Julia, Abigail, and Leah. Scott enjoys playing golf, water-skiing, watching sports,

reading, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Favorite Scripture: Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!  "For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?" For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36

Debby Paiga

"My desire is to continue to grow in my love for Jesus so that each day, I can better reflect His love to others and serve the people God has put around me."

 

About Debby: Debby married her high school sweetheart, Darroll, in June of 1984. They met and began dating in their youth group at church. God has blessed them with three sons: Taylor, Cameron and Morgan. Their favorite times are spent with their boys, especially treasured, are their trips to the beach in Galveston. Debby has been serving God’s church in some capacity since college. She currently serves with Darroll as a Small Group Shepherd, on the Benevolence Team and each Sunday holding precious babies in the nursery. In her current role as Office Manager, Debby is so grateful for the opportunity to serve those in our church as well as those in our community. Some of Debby’s Favorite things are spending time and laughing with her family, vacations at the beach, sitting in front of a fire on cold evenings, decorating and antiquing.

 

Favorite Scripture: And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

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Office & Mailing Address: 8606 Cameron Loop, Austin, TX 78745  |  512.892.0450  |  info@southwestbible.org |  Pastor On Call: 512.314.9162

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