About Me

As of August 2015, I live in Austin, Texas. I am a Worship Resident at The Austin Stone. I will be here for the next two years as a part of their residency program, then will be sent out to another city or church in need of a worship pastor or even anywhere in need of an artist who is also a disciple maker!

Before this, I lived in Livingston, Texas where I focused on leading worship, making disciples, and pastoring the people of FBC Livingston. I served at FBC Livingston as a volunteer from 2009-2010, and then was asked to come on staff full time from 2010-2015.

I also make and listen to music, as well as produce hip hop beats, and I also drink way too much coffee. I’m sort of a tattoo & taco enthusiast as well. In addition to various places around Texas, I have lived in Albuquerque, Portland, and Los Angeles—and I wouldn’t mind heading back to any of those places after residency either!

I have been married to my amazing wife Tasha since 2004. While it hasn’t always been unicorns and rainbows, it has been an amazing journey displaying God’s faithfulness even in our brokenness. Tasha is a freelance graphic designer who works with several churches and brands, and has a great design studio called Whimsicle Design Studio. She is also in the process of writing some fiction novels.

Tasha and I love raising awareness about orphans and albinism, as well as helping others raise money for adoptions.

Tasha blogs about adoption, albinism, homeschool, Jesus, and other things here. She works from home because we used to homeschool our three beautiful children, Chandler, Ezra, and Noah. We felt strongly about introducing them to public school during the residency, so that is what they are currently doing but we are open to whatever schooling post residency.

 

MY RESUMÉ

 

Here are a couple of update videos that explain the residency!

What Is A Resident?

The vision of The Austin Stone Worship Residency Program:

The Worship Residency exists to foster an environment that equips Worship Leaders in the spiritual and practical implications of their ministry to the Church and their city through musical, theological and character development.

In addition to our Worship Development Program, the residents will be placed alongside one of the Austin Stone Worship Leaders to serve in various capacities at their specific campus. This close proximity to a specific worship leader allows for the most personalized growth and development over the two-year period.

Specifically, this worship residency will provide tangible servant leadership experience that builds toward ownership of either a specific worship role at one of our campuses or centrally within the Worship Ministry, and specialized training from our Worship Staff in pastoral leadership and songwriting.

 BrokenWhy Austin?

First, because we were called to Austin! Second, because in the scriptures we often see Paul heading to strategic places to do ministry in an effort to multiply disciples in a powerful way. These are some of the many reasons why Austin makes a great and very strategic place to minister and make disciples.

  • Austin is centrally located in Texas, contains the State Capitol, and has a major University.
  • Austin is growing rapidly. On average, 120 people a day move to the Austin area.
  • Austin is a very international city. This is vital if we are going to reach the nations.
  • Austin also has many issues, including extreme poverty and  a large homeless population.
  • Other things that plague the city of Austin include: socioeconomic issues, race issues, gender identity & sexual orientation struggle, and even human trafficking.

AustinStoneChurch copyWhat Am I Doing About It?

The only thing I can do…lead people to our loving Savior with my words and actions, helping them to become a follower of the better Way of Jesus. I believe that Jesus is the answer to our sin problem, and that the church is the means to make Him known.  Tweet This

My family is trying to fearlessly live out our faith through every situation and circumstance that comes our way. That means being present in our neighborhood. It also means being a part of The Austin Stone church which is consistently addressing the issues that plague Austin. While being a part of the Austin Stone community, I can grow as a disciple while helping my family, friends, and others grow as well. It also means leading others who already know Christ deeper into their relationship with Him.

Billy Leading STJWhat Am I Doing Specifically As A Resident?

I am under the supervision of Justin Cofield. He serves as Worship Pastor for The Austin Stone St. John campus, as well as the Director of Worship Development for Austin Stone Worship.

Justin and I have talked about the great need for fully devoted disciples. We also see the need for Christ-centered worship (which helps make disciples). In an effort to fill in some current needs and to begin serving right away, I’ve been tasked with putting together a band and leading worship for the students at that campus since they currently do not have a consistent one.

I am spending one on one time with Justin as well learning how to better pastor people, become more missional, and develop other leaders. I am devoting all of my time to serving & leading my family, my church, and my city in an Christ exalting way. I also get to work on some other very important & fun things with Justin, like worship songwriting and helping put together a worship conference, all in an effort to serve God’s church better!

Would You Like To Be Part Of Our Story?

In case you haven’t picked up on this yet, we really believe that God has called our family to Austin, Texas and called me specifically to be a resident at The Austin Stone!

Here’s the deal though, we absolutely cannot do this without you, nor would we want to! Part of the residency program is raising enough financial support for my family of 5 to devote all of our time pointing others to Christ in the next 24 months.

Read more about the Biblical basis for raising support here.

We want some of you to come alongside us in ministry as partners in prayer and financial support. We want you to be on our ministry team. We would love for our team of ministry partners to be big in size and fully involved, willing to invest their finances, resources, and  prayers into the work that God is doing in Austin, Texas, and in our family.

If you are willing, here are ways to join us in His Kingdom work:

Ways To Support Us

prayercardThe first way to partner with us, is to support us in prayer!

  • Pray for the city of Austin to know Jesus
  • Pray for our new church: The Austin Stone
  • Pray for our previous church: FBC Livingston
  • Pray for our family to grow in Christ
  • Pray for provision through financial support

We will be asking you to pray for more specific things along the way, trust me!

We would love for you to print this picture and post it somewhere in an effort to remember to pray for our family.

The second way to partner with us is by giving financially.

We will need full financial support to devote all of our time to ministry while in Austin.

Here is exactly what we need:

  • $1,500 — Housing/Rent
  • $1,100 — Tithe, Utilities, Groceries, Internet, other living expenses
  • $500 — Van Payment, Auto Insurance, Renters Insurance
  • $700 — Health Insurance
  • $700 — Taxes and Admin Fees

The total is only $4,500 a month for our family of five to live and minister in Austin. That means we need only 45 people to commit to $100 a month for a year and we will be fully supported!

Here are your options for giving:

Online

The best and easiest way to support us financially is to set up a recurring monthly gift. To set up monthly support or a one-time gift, use the button below.

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A few things you should be happy about: The gifts are tax deductible. There are no credit card fees. Best of all, your information is very secure. Any information you provide will only be used for billing, and sending you a statement for tax purposes at the end of the year.

By Mail

If you prefer, you can also give by check.

We ask that you please make all checks payable to “The Austin Stone Institutue.” Don’t forget that in the memo line, we need you to write ASI- INT- 1112. The reason for this is, the four digit code is a specific number assigned to me for financial purposes during my residency, it will ensure your support gets to me!

You can send all checks to:

ASCC
Attention: Kay Clow
313 E. Anderson Lane
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78752

 

To learn more about Residency at The Austin Stone click here.

To financially support my residency click here.

 

Thanks for visiting my blog and for taking time to read about me and my family. Would love to connect with you if we haven’t already.

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