Rev. Aurelia Dávila Pratt: Lead Pastor
Aurelia is a pastor, writer, paradigm-shifter, and sacred spacemaker. She is an imago-dei enthusiast who finds real joy in helping people live into the fullness of their God-given divine image. Aurelia is the Lead Pastor as well as a founder of Peace of Christ Church. She is the co-creator and co-host of the Nuance Tea Podcast, where she is redefining what it means to be a clergywoman of color. Aurelia is president of the Board for the Nevertheless She Preached conference and co-chair of the Religious Liberty Council for the Baptist Joint Committee in Washington, D.C. She is a regular contributor at Progressing Spirit and author of A Brown Girl’s Epiphany (forthcoming 2022, Broadleaf Books.) She is also a licensed master of social work who currently serves on the Board of Advocates at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Aurelia lives in Cedar Park, Texas with her husband of 14 years, Lyle, and their five year old daughter, Cosette. Find her on Instagram or Twitter @revaureliajoy where she shares pastoral care nuggets for deconstructing Christians and people of faith.
Contact Aurelia at email@example.com
Rev. Matthew Hanzelka: Pastor of Community Care
Matthew is a founding member of Peace and serves as the Pastor of Community Care. He holds a B.S. degree in Financial Planning from Texas Tech University, an M.Div. degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and has completed Level I, Level II, and Supervisory CPE units. He is also a U.S. Air Force Reserve Chaplain and a hospital chaplain.
Matthew is passionate about helping Peace be a healthy community — a community of those who know and are known by one another and a community that is engaged in the work of the common good for our world. He has been married to Heather since 2006 and they have two children, Haddon and Ellys. They love all varieties of playing together, including camping, hiking, and soccer.
Contact Matthew at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Fran Pratt: Pastor of Worship and Liturgy
Fran Pratt started singing in church when she was seven years old. For 14 years she was a worship leader in the Vineyard movement of churches, leading rock bands, building teams, planning events, and writing worship songs. In a former life, she was a clinical nutritionist, holding a M.S. in Human Nutrition. But liturgy and the arts in church practice, as well as motherhood, lured her away from that profession. She’s passionate about melding modern worship traditions with ancient spiritual and liturgical practices, and finding a balance between the contemplative and the joyously expressive in congregational worship. Her aim in worship leadership is to make space for congregants to engage directly with the Divine. She writes congregational litanies weekly which appear on her website franpratt.com and most recently published Call and Response: Litanies for Congregational Prayer (2018).
Fran and her husband Jordan Gadapee have together lived in Louisiana, Iowa, Illinois, and California, and now call Texas home. They have been married since 2003 and have two young daughters: Bluet is 7 and Temple is 5.
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Servant Leadership Council (SLC)
The SLC is responsible for the business of the church and also provides leadership, direction and strategy in keeping with the mission and vision. Current members are Erin Szczerba (chair), Mark Johannson, David Holley, Amanda Bowen, and Rev. Zach Dawes, Jr.
Peace of Christ deacons are called and ordained by the Church. Their primary work is to provide care and prayer for its people. Current deacons include Jana Muñoz (head deacon), Heather Hanzelka, Joyce Holley, Paul Verizzo, Sarah O’Bryan, Naomi Young, and Augi Muñoz.