Rev. Aurelia Dávila Pratt: Lead Pastor
Rev. Aurelia Dávila Pratt 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. She is the author of A Brown Girl’s Epiphany: Reclaim Your Intuition and Step into Your Power, available for pre-order now.
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. She is currently chair 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. Aurelia is also a licensed master of social work who currently serves as chair of the Board of Advocates at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. She regularly contributes articles for Progressing Spirit, Alliance of Baptists, and Good Faith Media.
Aurelia lives in Cedar Park, Texas with her husband of 14 years, Lyle, and their six year old daughter, Cosette. Find her on Instagram @revaureliajoy where she is reimagining faith and theology via spoken and written word. Learn more about Aurelia’s work on her website: www.revaureliajoy.com
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. Dr. Jonathan Davis, Interim Pastor of Worship
Jonathan is a pastor who loves to think, work, and dream creatively in his various roles in ministry. He has led worship in congregations and for conferences in Texas and Virginia for nearly two decades, and has authored over one hundred worship songs, some of which he’s still proud of after the journey of faith de/re-construction. He sees life as a journey full of possibilities and brings his passions to a variety of ministry contexts, including serving as the Director of Communications and Marketing for Fletcher Seminary in San Antonio and owning a web design and hosting company that serves progressive churches and nonprofits nationwide. Jonathan also serves as Director of Development for the Integer Network – an international non-profit coaching network helping individuals and organizations worldwide lead with greater authenticity, connection and wholeness. He is the author of Sea Change: Equipping Rural Churches for the Tides of Cultural Upheaval, and his articles and columns have appeared in outlets nationwide, including in Baptist News Global and Good Faith Media. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Communication Studies from Howard Payne University, a Master of Divinity Degree from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Logsdon Seminary where he received the Bratton Family Ministry Award. He is married to Audrey Davis and a proud father to Eli, Andrew, and Aaron. Read more about Jonathan and his work at www.drjonathandavis.com or connect with him on social media.
Naomi Young: PeaceKids Pastor
Naomi is a Romanian immigrant raised in the South. She’s a soul connector, student of spirituality, nature lover, and art enthusiast. She has a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Play Therapy and School Counseling. Naomi has worked with children in various ways for more than 20 years. Combining her love for children with divine teachings has been so rewarding for her.
She currently enjoys expressing herself through digital art. You can follow her @EvolveLarisa and @mandalament for her latest creations, where she combines aspects of spirituality and writing into her pieces. Naomi, her husband Steve and kids, Eve and Eko live in Pflugerville. Contact Naomi at email@example.com
Rev. Brittany Graves, Creative Preaching Pastor:
Rev. Brittany Graves is a writer, reiki practitioner, dreamworker, and all-around advocate. She is passionate about empowering people to lean into unlearning, decolonizing, and dreaming as radical resistance. Brittany is co-host and co-creator of Nuance Tea, a podcast redefining what it means to be clergywomen of color and inviting listeners to steep into their power. She is an energy work enthusiast, plant lover, and a trauma-informed inspiration who enjoys leaning into the beauty of taboo conversations by making them normal. To keep up with Brittany follow her on Instagram @ambitiouslybrittany & join her Patreon community at www.patreon.com/revbrittanygraves
Rev. David Stippick, Creative Preaching Pastor:
Rev. David Stippick is a native of Georgetown, Texas and has worked in churches in Central Texas for 16 years. He holds a B.A. in Bible and an M.A. in Youth Ministry both from Howard Payne University, and has completed Level I and Level ll Clinical Pastoral Education Units. David believes that all people are created as whole and good in the image of the Divine, and one of the key functions of a faith community is to help people discover what this looks like in their own journey. David is thankful to be a Spiritual Friend to anyone, and is especially drawn to those who are processing grief. Once bothered by the rigidity of some “High Church" practices, such as preaching according to a Liturgical Calendar, he now finds comfort in practicing this sacred art. He has been enjoying reconnecting with God by participating in the life of the church, as well as individual Spiritual connection and growth within the Peace of Christ Community. He has been married to Hillary for ten years, and they have three children, a cat, and a dog. He asks that you pardon his occasional holy curse word.
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), Dr. David Holley, 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 Rev. Jana Muñoz (head deacon), Joyce Holley, Paul Verizzo, Sarah O’Bryan, Torrey Plummer, Dr. Tiffany Leschber, and Rev. David Stippick.