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 "kids" ranging from 11 to 29, and our two youngest came home to our family from Ethiopia ten years ago. We also have three very loved grandchildren... to whom 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. :) firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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 five, 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, and 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Eric True - Senior Pastor
- Sam Austin - Executive Pastor
- Lori True - Worship Pastor
- Erica Smith - Children's Coordinator, Office/Operations Manager
- Evelyn Brown - Nursery Coordinator
- Jackie Call - LiveWires Senior's Ministry
- Moses Forslund - Ushers, Men's Ministry
- Marcia Austin - Decoration, Cleaning
- Gretchen Dabel - Prayer Ministry
- Barbara Hightower - Women's Ministry
- Linda York - Finance
- Jeanette Farhadian - One to One Discipleship