Our Pastors

Senior Pastor: Eric True | Worship Pastor: Lori True | Executive Pastor: Sam Austin | Youth Pastor: Eduardo Valdes

  • Eric True

    Senior Pastor

    I have served in vocational ministry for 25+ years and am truly blessed to pastor the thriving Willow family. I met Lori (our Worship Pastor) at Azusa Pacific University in SoCal (go Cougars!) and we married upon graduation in 1988... the best decision I've ever made! We have five children ranging from 8 to 27; two are married, our two youngest joined our family from Ethiopia seven years ago, and we recently enthusiastically welcomed our second grandchild... and I am officially "Papa." 


    I enjoy being with family and friends, good coffee, golf, the ocean, and Lake Tahoe in the winter.  Along with a BA in Music/Theory and a minor in Psychology from APU,  I hold an MA in Theological/Biblical Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.  The greatest message of hope is found in God's Word, so I am passionate about unpacking it through exposition inspiring discipleship, outreach, and encouragement.  As a side note, the teams God roots for are the 49ers, Giants, and Warriors. :) willowspringchurch@yahoo.com

  • Sam Austin

    Executive Pastor

    My family and I have loved our 15 years of growth and service at Willow.  When we first visited the church upon moving to Lamorinda from the East Coast, it took all of five minutes for us to notice the same thing almost every visitor expresses.  The people here are among the most genuinely friendly and authentic Christians we have encountered.  It is my joy to serve as Executive Pastor at Willow, assisting our Senior Pastor with strategic planning, administrative and financial matters, as well as occasional preaching responsibilities.


    I devote another 60+ hours per week to a fascinating career in the institutional investment management business.   I attended MIT for my undergraduate years, also earning a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA in Finance from Boston University.  My loving wife, Marcia, and I grew up practically next door to each other in Austin, Texas.  We are currently adjusting to becoming empty nesters, with our son, Samuel, studying International Business at Baylor University. willowspringchurch@yahoo.com

  • Lori True

    Worship Pastor

    I have adopted the life motto of, "Encouraging one another to live a life of passionate worship to God," and am inspired to do this as His child, a wife to Eric, a mother of 5, and a pastor and friend.  As a songwriter and worship leader, I am commited to fostering an environment of authentic worship in the church, spilling over into our everyday lives.  The growing Willow church family desires to live this out and serving with them is an amazing blessing to me.


    I began my collegiate studies at Stanford University, earned a BA in Music/Education from Azusa Pacific University and an MA from CSU Sacramento in Music/Conducting.  I love to teach, read, explore new places, and am a life-long learner. willowspringchurch@yahoo.com

  • Eduardo Valdes

    Youth Pastor

    After graduating from dental school, I began a private practice alongside one of my former professors, a christian doctor who became my spiritual mentor and led me to Christ.  Upon meeting my wife, Johana, I truly started to follow Him as my Savior.  We married in 2010, serving together ministering to youth, and helping in the dentistry field on missionary trips throughout Venezuela. We have been very blessed with 2 beautiful daughters: Sophia and Victoria.


    With a passion to see kids and teenagers grow in their relationship with God and truly grasp what it means to be a Christ-follower, I am blessed to live this out at Willow. willowspringchurch@yahoo.com

  • Johana Flores

    Children's Pastor

    Growing up in a Christian family, I was blessed to study the Bible throughout my childhood in Sunday School, and God planted within me a special love for little ones from the very beginning.  By 16, I was leading my first group of children at church.  I graduated from dental school in 2006, not only earning a DMD degree, but I also found my husband Eduardo, a dental colleague and the love of my life.  We welcomed 2 miracle babies of our own in the last 3 years.


    It is my privilege to serve the Lord leading the Children’s Ministry at Willow.  We have a fantastic group of kids, and lovely teachers and helpers committed to sharing His Word. Serving alongside each of them brings me so much joy.  Our desire is that in partnering with parents, each child will come to know the amazing love of God and become solid in their relationship with Him. willowspringchurch@yahoo.com

Our Elders

Elders function as shepherds of those that worship at Willow by caring for their spiritual well-being. They are committed to prayer and the Word. They strive to insure that instruction and teaching within the church is based on sound Biblical doctrine, and that the staff are supported in their given roles.


  • Sam Austin
  • Gretchen Dabel
  • John Bonduris
  • Evelyn Brown
  • Eric True

Ministry Leaders

  • Eric True - Senior Pastor
  • Sam Austin - Executive Pastor
  • Lori True - Worship Pastor
  • Eduardo Valdes - Youth Pastor
  • Johana Flores - Children's Pastor
  • Randi Ryness - Office/Operations Manager, Care Ministry
  • Evelyn Brown - Nursery Coordinator
  • Jackie Call - LiveWires Senior's Ministry
  • Moses Forslund - Ushers, Men's Ministry
  • Marcia Austin - Decoration, Cleaning
  • John Diestler - Safety Team
  • Gretchen Dabel - Prayer Ministry
  • Barbara Hightower - Women's Ministry
  • Linda York - Finance
  • Jeanette Farhadian - One to One Discipleship
  • Jaxson Pinkston - Youth Intern / IT/AV Tech