Rev. Aurelia Davila Pratt: Lead Pastor
Aurelia serves as the Lead Pastor at Peace of Christ Church, where she is also a founding member. She is a graduate of George W. Truett Theological Seminary and is also a licensed Master of Social Work. Aurelia was a recipient of the Robert Jackson Robinson Outstanding Student Preacher Award as well as a fellow of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. She sits on the board for the Nevertheless, She Preached conference and the Board of Advocates for the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University. Aurelia and her husband, Lyle, have been married for 12 years. Together they have a 3 year old daughter, Cosette.
Aurelia is passionate about pointing people toward the sacred moments of their ordinary lives. Her sermons seek to steer the listener toward contemplation while also boldly tackling social issues of the day. She believes the peace of Christ is best known through reconciliation with Creator and creation, which is often disruptive and uncomfortable work. Her goal as a pastor is to create safe space for all to participate in that work.
Contact Aurelia at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
Contact Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 George Brown (chair), Jennifer Schoenradt, Erin Szczerba, Mark Johannson, Preston Cox.
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 Heather Hanzelka (head deacon), Augi Muñoz, Jana Muñoz, and Rev. Zach Dawes, Jr.