Shepherd of the Hills

Meet the Team

Minister, Rev. Greg Lanier

Greg Lanier grew up in Austin, Texas.  Following graduation from the University of Texas at Austin he earned an MBA from the University of North Texas and worked as a commercial banker in Dallas, TX and in North Carolina.  Greg is a graduate of Brite Divinity School (TCU) and was ordained as a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister in 1996.  Prior to joining the staff at Shepherd of the Hills, Greg served with congregations in Ft. Worth, TX and in the Kansas City area.

In addition to serving at Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church (SHCC), Greg serves on the board of the Samaritan Center in Austin. Greg and his wife Dawn enjoy UT and Baylor sporting events, live music and keeping up with family and friends.  ([email protected])

Associate Minister, Rev. Jeff Robinett

Jeff Robinett is a native of Brady, Texas and is a 1977 graduate of Texas A&M University, as well as a 1982 graduate of Brite Divinity School (TCU).  Jeff has served pastorates in Leicester, Leicestershire, UK; San Angelo, Coleman, and Texarkana, Texas.  He also received chaplaincy training at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo and is currently serving as a Hospice Chaplain for Merida Health Care Group.

In addition to spiritual care, Jeff is very interested in forms of worship, creative expressions of spirituality (particularly through music and writing), and the sharing of ideas through Christian education. He has been ordained since May of 1982 and also has the endorsement of the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) for the specialized ministry of chaplaincy. Jeff has been blessed to serve in a variety of pastorates during his career and has found each one of them to be an opportunity for learning and growing.

Jeff is married to Vickie and together they have 5 children: Jenna Borders, Ian Robinett, Kelsey Groves, Holt Robinett, and Carly Robinett.  They also enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. ([email protected])

Rod Coleman, Minister Emeritus

Reverend Rod Coleman is the founding pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church and has been involved in the ministry here since 1984. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School (TCU Seminary). He also has a Masters Degree in Counseling from Texas State University and a Doctor of Ministry from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  Rod is a retired Army Chaplain (Colonel) and occasionally volunteers with the Samaritan Center for Counseling and Pastoral Care’s Hope for Heroes Counseling Program.

Rod and his wife Mary Ann joyfully share a collection of four children and three grandchildren, plus Chester the family dog.  Rod also enjoys running and traveling, which are happily blended into church and family activities.

Christina Frost, Church Administrator

Born in Ft. Collins, Colorado, Christina moved to Central Texas at the age of three. She grew up in Belton, Texas and after graduating high school went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-TV-Film.

Between then and now, Christina lived a summer in Ireland, worked at a newspaper writing obituaries, and worked four and half years helping to develop a Bible study software program here in Austin, Texas. But she’s never had a better job than the one she’s found right here at SHCC. Christina enjoys baking, being married to her sweet husband, and learning more about Jesus every day. ([email protected])

Jessica Aguilar, Director of Children’s Christian Education; Media & Website Manager

Jessica was born in Mississippi and spent about half of her childhood in Germany as a military dependent.  Jessica earned her M.S. in Education from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.  She taught elementary school for ten years and has also worked as a private tutor.  Part of that time teaching was spent at Christian schools in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jessica loves sharing her faith with children through interactive Christian education lessons and community outreach opportunities.  She has led and volunteered with numerous children’s activities and family events over the years.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing board games, stargazing, traveling, and going to the beach. Jessica and her husband Max love animals and have four fur-babies.  Jessica has enjoyed being part of SHCC for several years and looks forward to welcoming new visitors, families, and children. ([email protected])

Lyshone “Joy” McFarland, Nursery Care

Lyshone is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada.  She studied Early Childhood Development at Sacramento City College before moving to Texas.  She lives in Austin with her husband Daniel and their two sons Ian and Bryce.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking and home improvement projects.  Lyshone has worked at SHCC for nineteen years and has watched many of the children that visit and are members of SHCC grow up.  Lyshone primarily works with the infants and toddlers at SHCC.  They have become like family to her in many ways. ([email protected])

Michael Follis, Music Director

Michael Follis is the Director of Music at Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church, overseeing the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, and Choral Scholars.  He is also a Master of Music in Choral Conducting candidate at the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin.  He returns to the Forty Acres having completed his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance in 2020.  Michael served as Resident Instructor of Voice and later Associate Director of Choral Activities at East View High School in Georgetown, Texas.

Michael is blessed to be a part of the tight knit community at Shepherd of the Hills fostered by faith, love, and friendship.  Are you interested in joining the choir?  If so, then you can email him directly at [email protected]

Dr. Gloria Kim Mokrenko, Pianist

Gloria is a native of Austin, TX.  She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees at The University of Texas in Austin.  Then, she attended The University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, where she earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts on piano while also playing violin as part of an orchestra, and the organ at a church.  Afterwards, she moved to New York City where she collaborated and coached young and professional musicians ranging from The Juilliard School, The Metropolitan Opera and Deutsche Opera Berlin in traditional genres and new works of choral, opera, vocal, and instrumental music.  She is happy to be returning to Austin and Shepherd of the Hills Christian Church once again alongside her husband and their young son who is almost trilingual!  In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and checking out new places to dine with her family.

Jonathan Campbell, AV Technician

We are happy to have Jonathan join our team.  He currently runs our live stream worship every Sunday at 10:40.  You can check it out by visiting our church Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/shccaustin  He is also available to assist you and your family with your media needs for weddings and memorial services inside the sanctuary and our reception/dining area.  For more information or assistance in this regard, please reach out to Christina, our office administrator, at 512.343.7858 or [email protected] and she will be happy to answer your questions or schedule a time for you to meet with Jonathan.

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