Kelly Shoenfelt

I am the Lead Pastor at Servant Church Austin, which allows me to spend a lot of time in a city that I love with people that I love. I “grew up in the church,” which is really just to say that I have gone to various churches my entire life and have found immense hope, peace, love, forgiveness, and purpose in my faith in God throughout various seasons of my life. I’ve also discovered extreme anger within me when I see how people have come to associate Christians and Christianity with an outdated set of rules, generated from a set of doctrines that require treating some people as “less-than.” That is not at all a part of my faith in Jesus, and I am passionate about fostering a community of people who can help this world better understand this radical prophet who lived more than 2000 years ago. I believe that man, Jesus, was God entering into human flesh, living with us, showing us how to be in relationship with God and with each other; and I submit daily to my decision to follow Him and learn who and how I am created to be God’s love and light in this world.

My ministry passions include preaching and teaching the word of God, meeting people where they are, sharing stories, organizing the life and vision of our church, and administering the sacraments – the bread and wine at the communion table and the water at the baptismal font – for it is in these experiences that I believe we encounter God in mysterious and holy ways. I believe it is possible and necessary for us to see God at work in our everyday life, not just in special contemplative moments removed from the mucky stuff and the chaos. One of my favorite quotes from Paula D’Arcy expresses this beautifully, “God often comes to you disguised as your life.” My life is pretty ordinary, but it’s also pretty beautiful.

I met my husband Adam when we played together in the Longhorn Band while we were students at The University of Texas at Austin. We’ve been married since 2005 and spent the first decade of our marriage doing the corporate life in Dallas, where I led the customer experience for Southwest Airlines’ digital platforms. These days, we’re back in Austin with much of our extended family and we spend most of our time wrangling our two young boys, Andrew and Brooks. I love craft beer, kickboxing, spending time with family and friends, and attending Longhorn football and baseball games. I also love a clean house, but amidst the legos, toy trains, and star wars figurines, I have come to accept that won’t happen until around the year 2035.

Give me a shout and let’s swap stories sometime over coffee or a frosty beverage. I can be reached at kelly@servantchurchaustin.org.

– Bachelor of Business Administration, The University of Texas at Austin, 2002
– Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 2016
– Licensed as a Local Pastor in the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, 2016