Ross and his family moved to Austin, Texas in 2010 to plant a life-giving church called One Chapel, and it’s been nothing short of an adventure in God’s grace.
Before moving to Austin, Ross was the worship pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs. He led worship on several Integrity Music recordings including I Am Free, the award-winning, best-selling release My Savior Lives, and Counting on God. While leading New Life Worship, Ross assembled a team of influential worship leaders and songwriters who are all now successful in their own ministries (Jared Anderson, Glenn Packiam, Jon Egan and the Desperation Band).
Ross became the Interim Senior Pastor at New Life Church in 2006 where he provided leadership, spiritual direction and healing in the wake of a moral failure by their Senior Pastor. He continued to help guide New Life Church through their transition under their new pastor, Brady Boyd, right up to the day that they blessed him and sent him out in 2010 to plant a new family of believers—One Chapel.
After moving to Austin Ross wrote “Messy Church: A Multigenerational Mission for the Family of God,” encouraging a family paradigm for churches tired of consumer driven and corporate ministry models. For the last seven years he served as the lead pastor of One Chapel alongside Aimee, the love of his life. He is crazy about his five kids, Zachary, Taylor, Grace, Ethan and Owen.
After graduation from Oral Roberts University with a degree in international business and theology, Russ Walker spent several years as an associate pastor in Germany, Colorado, and Mississippi. For 14 years, he was the senior pastor of CrossPointe Community Church in Whitewater Wisconsin. Through his leadership, CrossPointe became a multi-site church with the original Campus being in Whitewater and Campuses in Milton and Jefferson and two Spanish speaking Campuses – one in Whitewater and one in Guadalajara Mexico.
Pastor Russ has a passion for city transformation and raising up the next generation of leaders. He loves March Madness and the fall is centered around the Broncos, Packers and the Cowboys. (Yes! He loves all three teams.) He plays tennis and volleyball when his body stays together and he loves to read. Russ is married to Courtney, who is a licensed financial advisor, and together they have four children: Mackenzie (the “driven”), Madison (the “nurturer”), Landon (the “perfectionist”) and Sheldon (the “talker”).
TINYS, LITTLES, & CHECK-IN DIRECTOR
Jackie leads an amazing team of volunteers who make the Kids Ministry work and successful every Sunday! She works with our Team One tinys, littles, and check-in teams to make kids for the one a great place for kids and families.
Favorite Movie: When in Rome
Best Place To Eat In Austin: Jack Allen’s
My Family: Married to Josh with two kids, Chael James and Elsie Nicole
Mountains Or Beach? Mountains
Other Things Jackie Likes: Hiking, swimming, spending time with my family, hanging out with friends
A Passage Jackie Loves: Psalm 91:1-2 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
TEAM ONE DIRECTOR
From set-up to break-down and everything that happens in the lobby between, Andrew directs an amazing team of volunteers who make each One Chapel Austin guest feel welcomed, loved, and connected.
Favorite Movie: Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan
Best Place To Eat In Austin: My House (with an episode of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ in the background)
My Family: Married to Karen with three kids, Christian, Luke, and Karis
Mountains Or Beach? Either, as long as Starbucks is nearby
Other Things Andrew Likes: Walking with my wife, Laughing with my family, Building & racing Soap Box Derby Cars, Drinking coffee, Playing the violin, Watching Indycar races
A Passage Andrew Loves: “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” - Romans 13:8 NIV
Rob has dedicated his life to telling stories. He is an award-winning author of novels The Almost True Story Of Ryan Fisher, The End Is Now, and Homemade Haunting. He has penned screenplays (his first novel was optioned) and stage plays. He was writer and producer on The Son Of God tour and has been the National Director of The Thorn for the last 10 years.
Rob is an accomplished film director who and his work includes award-winning documentaries (silver and bronze Telly Awards), short films, and commercials (5 time Addy winner) for political campaigns and national brands. As a part of the One Chapel pastoral team he shares God’s great story through crafting services, creating media content, and working with our leadership team.
His interests include pop culture, coffee, basketball, literature, and the greatest films of the 1970’s. In 2015 he moved to Austin with his wife Sarah and their four daughters, Julianna, Claire, Abigail, and Emma-Jane, to work with One Chapel.
Trayce is involved in all things One Chapel Austin. She is Pastor Ross’ assistant, works behind the scenes on Sundays, dabbles in social media, and works from the front office keeping things moving.
Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music
Best Place To Eat In Austin: Too many to choose from- Kerbey Lane, Veracruz Tacos, Lupe Tortilla
My Family: Married to a good lookin’ Romanian, Niko, and mom to Bear and Mila
Mountains Or Beach? Mountains!
Other Things Trayce Likes: Guacamole, Chocolate + Peanut Butter, True Crime documentaries, 90’s Boy Bands and Michael Scott quotes. Her favorite is “The only time I set the bar low, is for limbo.”
A Passage Trayce Loves: Psalm 19:7-9 MSG The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes. God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree.
ASSOCIATE PASTOR & COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Allen is involved in many areas across the landscape of One Chapel. His main focus is always taking care of people and raising up leaders. He leads the charge for Team One and Groups at One Chapel Austin and coordinates and organizes communications for all One Chapel ministries. Allen also works closely with Rob on One Chapel creative efforts.
Favorite Movie: Gladiator
Best Place To Eat In Austin: NoRTH
My Family: Married to Tabitha with two kids: Jacob and Caleb
Mountains Or Beach? Beach
Other Things Allen Likes: Entrepreneurship, Mountain Biking, Writing, Eating, Coffee, Board Games
A Passage Allen Loves: "For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory." Romans 8:14-17 NIV