Donnie grew up in Texas City and received a BA in Speech and Communications from Baylor University in 1983. He also received his Masters in Divinity and Masters in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1987.
Donnie's areas of responsibility include leading Adult Bible Fellowships, Marriage and Family Ministries, and Pastoral Care.
Donnie and his wife, Carolyn, have four boys, Garrett, Hunter, Tanner, and Mitchell.
After spending eight years as Minister of Music and Education at Second Baptist Church in Dallas, Damon and his family moved back to Austin and joined The Church at Canyon Creek in 1990.
Since joining the Canyon Creek staff, Damon has served the church in a variety of roles, including leadership over worship, discipleship and administration. He has recently transitioned into the executive pastor role, with responsibility for overseeing the financial and operational needs of the church.
Damon and his wife, Barbara enjoy the outdoors and will often overextend themselves on lengthy hikes in the woods and mountains. They have two sons, Dustin and Parker, who both live and work in the Austin area. Dustin and his wife Nicole have one child, Thatcher, who is the source of much joy, and the object of great affection from his grandparents.
On Mission Pastor
Keith Tooley joined the staff at The Church at Canyon Creek in January 2011. His spiritual gifts include evangelism, pastor/shepherd, leadership, administration, teaching and encouragement. Keith’s passions are helping believers see, understand and live out their identity in Jesus Christ, and helping unbelievers see and experience the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ. Keith served as a Team Lead Pastor, and as Evangelism Pastor, at Hill Country Bible Church Northwest in Austin from 2005 to 2010. He and his wife of 28 years, Kay, served at Hill Country for 17 years in numerous ministries. Prior to being called to full-time ministry, Keith owned and managed community newspapers for 20 years. He completed his CGS degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2007, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Park Administration at Texas Tech University in 1982. Keith and Kay have two daughters: Sarah, who resides in Boston; and Megan, who lives in Wells Branch and teaches first grade in Round Rock. She is married to Grayson Dzialo, who is the Worship Pastor at Wells Branch Community Church.
Dusty provides leadership to the Middle and High School ministries, and his main areas of responsibility include enlisting, training, coordinating and supporting the lay leaders as well as the programs and events aimed at developing 6th - 12th graders into faithful followers of Jesus. His goal is to equip teenagers to live out the purposes of God in their lives.
Dusty and his wife Ashley have two children, Hudson and Ellison.
Patty was born in Mexico City and grew up in a missionary family. She received a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Southwest Texas State University in 1994. Patty joined the staff of the Church at Canyon Creek in 1999 after many years as a member. She also spent two years as an elementary education teacher.
Patty's main areas of responsibility are to develop Christian education programs which include enlisting, training, coordinating and supporting lay leaders who teach children first grade through fifth grade, and to lend support to Women's Ministry. She also coordinates and leads Kid's Worship, which is for first grade through third grade.
Patty and her husband, Matt have a son, Joshua, and two daughters, Kayla and Cary.
Kelly has been the preschool pastor since June 2006, and has been a member of The Church at Canyon Creek since 1996. Her main responsibilities are: providing a high-quality Christian program for preschoolers, supporting and supervising preschool volunteers and staff, ensuring care for all preschool families and her favorite, which is, reaching out to families who attend C@CC, Canyon Creek Preschool or our MOPS ministry.
Kelly has always valued children even before her calling to the Church at Canyon Creek. She spent many years teaching in Mississippi and Arizona. Her biggest passion right now is helping preschool parents disciple their children.
She and her husband, Mark, have a son, Justin, and a daughter, Julia. She loves to spend time with her family and friends, and going to sporting events or playing games.
Assistant Children's Minister
Ellen Haley grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and at age 7 received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Alabama and a Masters in Religious Education from Southwestern Seminary. Over the past 24 years, Ellen has served in various areas of Preschool and Children's Ministry as a staff member or volunteer.
In 2004 Ellen joined the staff at The Church at Canyon Creek as the Assistant Children's Minister where her main areas of responsibility are writing the curriculum for Highway 14:23 Children's Bible study and working with volunteer leaders to coordinate the Sunday morning Bible Study.
Ellen and her husband, Ben, have a son, Patrick and a daughter, Rebecca.
Linda was born and raised in Houston and moved to Austin after high school to attend The University of Texas. Upon receiving her B.S. in Nursing, Linda worked as a Registered Nurse at St. David’s Hospital for over nine years as a staff nurse, head nurse, and ultimately, Director of St. David’s Home Health.
Linda and her family joined The Church at Canyon Creek in 2003 and are involved in a variety of ministries. Participating and/or leading in Ladies Bible Study, Vacation Bible School, and Membership Class are a few of the areas which Linda enjoys. She became involved in the Care Ministry in 2005 and joined the staff in 2006. As Care Minister, she is responsible for administering and implementing the provision of care within the church to those experiencing times of crisis.
Linda enjoys reading and reviewing books, blogging, word games, and cooking. She and her husband have two children.