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Monty Watson

​​Monty has been the Senior Pastor since 2009. He loves to bring worship and the Word to bear on people’s lives to be both a comfort for their needs and to challenge them to live for Christ.

Monty formerly served as a Teaching Pastor and Elder at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. His wife Kathy also served on staff as a director in the Children’s Ministry. Monty also planted a church in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, for 12 years. He has an accounting background and worked as a legal accountant on Capitol Hill.

His educational background includes a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University.

Monty’s interests include – great books, great movies, great football, and great dates with his wife.

Monty and Kathy grew up together in Arcadia, Louisiana, and were high school sweethearts. They have been married since 1983. Their family includes a son, Andy, his wife Tori, and their children, Brooke and Noah, who live in Georgia. Another son, Adam, and his wife Laura, live in Texas.​​

Dusty Brewer

​Dusty joined the staff in 2005.  He received his BA in Bible from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX in 2001, and his Masters in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005. He was formerly a Youth Pastor for four years in Kaufman, TX.

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 interests include sports (especially the Dallas Cowboys), movies, traveling, and hanging out with his family.

Dusty and his wife Ashley were married in 2003 and have a son, Hudson, and two daughters, Ellison and Finley.​

keith courtney

KEITH COURTNEY and his wife, Vicki, have been married since 1987. They have 3 children: Ryan (26), Paige (24) and Hayden (21). Ryan is married to Casey, and they have a son, Walker, and another son on the way. Paige is married to Matt McMichen. Keith is an attorney at the Winstead law firm, and Vicki is a Christian author and speaker. Keith and Vicki have been members of the church since shortly after its inception in 1987, and they have served in many capacities at the church since then. Keith has been an Adult Bible Fellowship teacher since 1987, and he leads a Life Group of men. He has served on the Church Council (the predecessor to the Elder Board) for many of the years since 1987. Keith has a passion for discipling others and mentoring men.
MATT WATSON was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. Matt attended Baylor University and graduated with a degree in Computer Science. While at Baylor, Matt and Chris met, dated, and were married soon after graduation. They have 3 children - Taylor (22), Travis (19), and Tate (15).
After moving to Austin in 2002, they found their church home at The Church at Canyon Creek and have been members for 13 years. They have served in several ministry areas at the church with Matt currently leading an Adult Bible Fellowship class and the East Asia missions team.
Matt works for Microsoft and loves working in the technology industry. He has a heart for missions and loves to travel. He is also an avid sports fan with a particular passion for the Houston Astros and Baylor Bears. ​

Donnie Dixon

Donnie served as senior pastor of The Church at Canyon Creek (formerly Cypress Creek Baptist Church) from its beginning in 1987 to 2008. In the fall of 2008, Donnie transitioned to discipleship pastor, focusing even greater upon his passions for family ministry, pastoral care and small group discipleship.

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 oversees our adult bible fellowships, life groups, mentoring, care, marriage and family ministries.

Donnie’s hobbies and interests include obstacle course races (Tough Mudders/Go Ruck), Ultimate Frisbee, body surfing, and trying to keep up with his wife’s obsession with Walt Disney World. Donnie and his wife, Carolyn, have four boys - Garrett, Hunter, Tanner and Mitchell.​

steven testone

STEVEN TESTONE was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Steven has attended the Church at Canyon Creek since he was in the fourth grade. He did not know it at the time, but it would also be where he met his future wife Lyndsey. The two of them have been married for 12 years and have served in almost every ministry in the church; including preschool, youth, and now leading an Adult Bible Fellowship. Steven and Lyndsey have three children, Kate (10), Jack (7), and Meg (3).

Steven has been an entrepreneur for most of his adult life and enjoys solving real world problems that help people. But what he is most passionate about is studying and teaching God’s word. Whether he is designing software or teaching about God, Steven finds fulfillment in taking complicated concepts and presenting them in a way that anyone can understand.

Steven loves to spend time with his family, hang out with friends, play the occasional video game, and is training to be the next American Ninja Warrior.

russ zimmerman

RUSS ZIMMERMAN and his wife, Di, are originally from the Midwest.  Russ grew up on the family farm in North Dakota while Di was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They met and married (1999) while doing college student ministry with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ), serving on campuses in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.   Their ministry focus now is on the 1 million international students here in the states from all over the world. 

They moved to Austin in 2011 to serve at the National Office of Bridges International (a ministry of CRU) which is also when they became members of the Church at Canyon Creek.  Russ has been on the Evangelism team,  and has helped with ABF classes, Mens events and Life Groups.  Di is involved with Ladies Bible Study and helps welcome new preschool families to the church.  They have 3 daughters, Elianna (14), Ember (11), Evian (6).  Russ and Di share passion for people (college students, their daughters, friends, neighbors...) to know and walk with the Lord, and for our church body to reflect Jesus in Austin and beyond.

​ERIC HOWARD was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and moved to Austin in 1977. Eric received a physics degree at University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Optics at the University of Arizona. That’s where he met his wife Jennifer. After living in Colorado Springs for 6 years, their family moved back to Austin in 2003. Eric and Jennifer were married in 1994 and have four children – Nathan (18), Jonathan (16), Mittie (15), and Ethan (11).
Eric owns a small engineering business where he designs and manufactures specialized cameras and lighting systems for chemical sensors, toll roads, and railroad industries. He also teaches electronics at Hill Country Christian High School. He enjoys ranching, classical music, photography, economics, "groaner" puns, and trying to keep up with his active family, whom he adores. Eric has been at The Church at Canyon Creek for 10 years and attends the Brian Smith ABF. He is passionate about Christian philosophy and doctrine, as well as seeing all people appreciate their Creator and come to saving knowledge of Him through Jesus Christ.