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Ministry Staff

Dave Hooper

Senior Evangelist,

North Side

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Angela
Hooper

Women’s Minister,

North Side

“Dr. Dave” came to Austin after serving four years on the mission field in post-Soviet Russia. As the story goes, there just wasn’t enough guacamole and jalapenos to keep him there for long. While in Russia, Dave married his wife, Angela in 1993. They arrived at Austin Christian in 1996, one year after it began. The Hoopers have raised 3 beautiful daughters. Dave finished his Doctorate of Ministry from Abilene Christian University in 2018. Dave loves sports of all kinds and you are likely to hear a good sports analogy in his sermons.

“Ange,” as she is called by her friends, has worked in women’s ministry since 1992. She is one of the warmest people you’ll ever meet and makes a mean chicken pot pie. Some in the congregation have intentionally gotten sick or had a baby simply to have her bring them some! Ange loves doing things for others. Thoughtful gifts are her thing. In her free time, Ange loves crime shows and Jane Austen books – a rather curious combination.

Christian
Flores

Evangelist,
Tribe

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Deb Flores

Women’s Minister,
Tribe

Christian is Austin Christian’s very own “international man of mystery.” Half Chilean and half Russian, Christian has lived in Russia, Chile, Germany and Mozambique, speaks four languages and has a Master’s degree in Economics. To top it off, he had a successful music career in the 90’s in Russia and co-founded his company - Third Drive. Christian has worked in ministry around the globe in faraway locations such as Moscow and Kiev as well as more exotic places such as Los Angeles and Miami. Christian has a passion for film-making and absolutely loves Austin.

Deb studied Theater and left a thriving career in the entertainment industry in Hollywood to pursue her dream of missions. She was so passionate about missions that she moved to Russia and married Christian in 1999. The Flores have three beautiful daughters and Deb is redeeming her own education by homeschooling them. Deb speaks three languages has a passion for learning and loves new things. She is a Packer fan, but no one holds that against her.

John Glinski

Youth and Family

Minister

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Carol Glinski

Youth and Family

Minister

John is a graduate of the University of Texas. At 6’8”, he is the tallest person on staff at Austin Christian. John began working in ministry as a campus minister and now runs his own company while serving the Youth and Family ministry. John loves backpacking, soccer, and craft beer, though not necessarily in that order. John may also be the smartest guy on staff. On a math test in college, he actually derived a forgotten formula to get a correct answer on a test. That same semester he got a B in volleyball, but he doesn’t talk about that much.

Carol is a graduate of the University of Texas. Carol began working in ministry as a campus minister and now has her own Arbonne business while serving the Youth and Family ministry. Although her family hails from Mexico, she is the quickest to get sunburned. She is a fierce competitor and loves exercise. Carol is loads of fun and if you ever played a game at Youth & Family event, chances are, it was her idea!

Brian Tan

Evangelist,

East Side

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Erika Tan

Women's Minister,

East Side

Brian got his MBA from the California Institute of Advanced Management. Now Brian is all about God’s business as he leads the East Side and works with campus ministry at the University of Texas. Brian grew up on Guam and therefore enjoys Austin’s laid-back style. He married his wife, Erika in 2014. He loves music and food, all the more reason for him to love Austin. Brian plays guitar, drums and he sings, and if you ask really nicely, he might just do all three at once for you!

Erika is so supportive of her husband that she also got her MBA from the California Institute of Advanced Management, just to make sure Brian would finish. Erika now utilizes her business acumen working with the East Side and the students at the University of Texas. Erika grew up in the Pacific Northwest, so needless to say, she's super grateful for the Texas sunshine. Her passions include hiking, movies and the Beatles.

Riley
Sanderson

Tribe Minister

Elise
Sanderson

Tribe Minister

Riley is originally from Escondido, California. As a kid, he didn’t get out much. In fact, he was born at home and home-schooled! All that time at home gave Riley the opportunity to excel in music. Riley plays guitar, keyboard, drums, banjo, ukulele and harmonica. His wife says he has perfect pitch and if being a minister doesn’t work out, Riley plans to start a one-man band routine on Sixth Street. Riley loves board games, hammocking and paddle boarding, though not at the same time. Before working in ministry, Riley studied music therapy at Seattle Pacific University and worked as music therapist for 3 years. Riley is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Ministry at Harding School of Theology. 

Elise grew up in Seattle and studied theater performance at Western Washington University. Though not a native Texan, Elise has quickly embraced the saying, “I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could!” Elise is a lot of fun and in a manner of speaking, is a walking contradiction. She secretly wants to be a farmer, yet she doesn’t like farm animals and has killed every plant she has tried to grow. She is excited for the extra vitamin D from the Texas sun but is fair-skinned and quickly sunburns tomato red. Elise loves reading, hiking, camping and being a mom to her son. Elise once visited the Vatican with her high school choir and sang for the pope. She now sings occasionally with our worship team because, what is good enough for the pope is good enough for us!

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