The staff of Westoak Woods desires to serve. Our first priority is to be a servant of Jesus Christ. Other priorities include our families and our church. However, we also desire to serve you. We want to be available to provide you with quality programs that will help meet your needs. We, as a staff, desire to see you and your family succeed in the world around us. Today, society tends to tear down and report the negative side of children and youth. We want to build up and show our world the positive things they are doing.
Do you need someone to laugh or cry with you? Call on our church staff. We care about you!
Dr. Patrick Wilson - Senior Pastor
Senior Pastor, Patrick Wilson is passionate about sharing the Truth of God's Word. He loves to study and communicate the Bible in a way that is easy to understand and applicable to our everyday lives. God has gifted him in the areas of preaching, teaching, leadership, and counseling. He has a heart for people and strives to equip the church to reach out to others for Christ.
After graduating from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication in 1995, Patrick attended seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. In 1998, he completed a Masters of Arts in Theology degree in Biblical Studies followed by a Masters of Theology degree in Old Testament Studies in 2005. He has taught college and seminary courses in Old Testament Theology, Hebrew, and Church Ministry for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Criswell College, and the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute.
Patrick came to Westoak Woods Baptist Church in 2008, where he continues to serve as Senior Pastor. In 2015, he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree with Logsdon Seminary. His doctoral project was titled, "Establishing an Ongoing Process for the Kingdom of God Through the Spiritual Formation and the Missional Living of Westoak Woods Baptist Church." In addition to his service at Westoak Woods, Patrick continues to pursue opportunities to teach seminary courses and write curriculum for churches.
Patrick is married to the love of his life, Michelle, who graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Sociology. Michelle has a heart for sharing God's love with children. She enjoys geocaching, camping, and scrapbooking. Patrick's hobbies include reading, fantasy sports, and cooking. Patrick and Michelle enjoy vacationing, camping, geocaching, cruising, going to the movies, playing games, or just spending quality time with family, friends, or their dogs. They have one son, Joel, who was born in 2010.
Chris Sanders - Executive Pastor
Chris Sanders is a proud native of Austin, Texas. Chris attended The University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Prior to following God's call to vocational ministry, Chris was a homebuilder in the Austin area. Since entering the ministry, he completed his Diploma in Education Ministries through the Seminary Extension Program of the SBC Seminaries.Chris married his wife Lynda, also of Austin, in 1970. They have three children; Ben, Andrea, and Lauren. Chris enjoys singing, playing guitar, traveling and the outdoors.
Terry Wright - Pastor to Students
Terry joined the Westoak Woods family in August of 2009. He has served as a student pastor in one way or another for almost 19 years. God has blessed Terry with the ability to preach God's word in an understandable and real way. Terry has a great sense of humor and loves being around and involved with students.
Terry graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 2001 with a Bachelors in Behavioral Science/Applied Theology and a minor in Bible.Terry attended Seminary at Logsdon School of Theology for 2 years and finished his Masters of Arts in Religion at Jacksonville Theological Seminary.
God blessed Terry in March of 2009 by allowing him to marry Jeanna. Jeanna is a RN and Teacher. Terry is quoted as saying, "Jeanna is the second best thing God has ever done for me." God blessed Terry and Jeanna with a beautiful baby girl, Lily, in October of 2012. On July 28th 2014 God once again blessed the Wrights with a little girl, Noelle.
Terry and Jeanna enjoy traveling, watching movies and trying new things, but these days they mostly try to keep up with their girls. They are enjoying living in Austin.
Lynda Sanders - Preschool Director
Lynda Sanders is the director of Westoak Woods Preschool. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, earning her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Lynda has taught in AISD, has directed preschools for almost 30 years and led the establishment of Westoak Woods’ Preschool in 1996. Her understanding of preschool development and experience with guiding preschoolers enables her to effectively lead our ministry to preschoolers. Lynda serves in the Preschool Division of the Sunday School and sings in the Adult Choir.
Lynda and her husband, Chris, were blessed with three children and now enjoy the reward of five grand children.
Matt DesAutels - Worship Pastor
Matt started at Westoak Woods in March of 2015 and has 12 years of music and youth leadership experience. He graduated from Midwestern State University in 2002 in his hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas. His greatest joy is leading people to understand and participate in true worship, using all styles of music – and to recognize that worship is about so much more than music! In his spare time, Matt can often be found playing board or card games. Challenge him to a game, and his competitive nature will likely come out!
Children’s Minister Director
Randi Zaborowski joined Westoak staff in 2016. She moved to Austin in 2007 and immediately found a home at here. She became a Christian before she can remember, was baptized at 12 years old and began to share her faith at 16. A Pennsylvania native, Randi Zaborowski began serving the Lord in 1997 at a Baptist summer camp on the Shores of Lake Erie. There she met her husband, Jeremy. Randi received her master's degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Denver Seminary holds a bachelor's from Slippery Rock University. She and her family carry a passion to serve young families in South Austin. Randi and Jeremy have two young daughters and spend their free time playing Barbies, playing dress up, and painting toenails.