Leadership

Ministers & Staff

J. Tom Washburn

Pulpit Minister

Tom has been the Pulpit Minister at Austin Avenue Church of Christ in Brownwood, TX since July of 2009. He along with his wife, Julie Ellen Eakin Washburn, have a passion for ministry. Their mission in ministry has always been to introduce people to Jesus Christ and to share the message of grace with those both inside and outside the church.

Tom was an active faculty instructor for Walk Thru the Bible Ministries for over 10 years and  has taught at the Red River Family Encampment (RRFE) for over 30 years. Presently, Tom is the Chairman of the Board of the RRFE . He also serves on the Board of CWJC (Christian Women's Job Corps) and has been active in Rotary, serving as President and Kiwanis. Tom is very involved with the Church's Philippines mission and hopes some day to retire and spend part of every year helping the church in the Philippines. He taught at Lubbock Christian and served on the Board of directors of NTLTC (North Texas Leadership Training for Christ) for over 17 years.

J. Tom Washburn was born in Midland Texas. Tom and Julie have two sons, Trey and his wife Erin and their son J. T. , and Preston and his wife Elyssa. Tom grew up in both Midland and Sugarland, TX and Magnolia, AK, graduating high school in Weatherford, TX.  Tom is a graduate of Lubbock Christian College with a degree in Bible. He has additional studies in the L.C.U. Maters program.

Tom began his ministry at the Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock Texas as an intern, and in 1981 Tom was the youth minister for the Ft. Worth and Jax/Fairmont Park Church of Christ. In 1984 Tom and Julie moved to Portales New Mexico where he was the Youth minister at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ until 1990 when he moved back to Lubbock to work for the South Plains Church of Christ. In 1993 Tom became the Associate Minister for the Sunset Church of Christ in Lubbock Texas. Tom began his pulpit work in 2000 when He and his family moved to Enid Oklahoma where he served the North Garland Church of Christ. 

Julie Moore

Director of Children's Ministery

Julie has been the Director of Children's Ministry since 2008, but her family has been a part of the Austin Avenue church body since 1995.  She feels so blessed to be a part of this wonderful congregation filled with young familes, and she truly feels that children are the future of the church. The motto of the Children's Ministry is "Kids Matter" - and no one believes it more than Julie.

Julie grew up in Amarillo. She married her husband, Mitch in 1990, the year they both graduated from Abilene Christian University. They have three children, Makenlee, and her husband, Colby, Mabree, and her husband, Bradley, and McLane. Their favorite family pastime is spending time together at Lake Brownwood. 

Roland Bowen

Adult Education Director & Missions Minister

Roland has been at Austin Avenue Church of Christ serving as Adult Education Director and Missions Minister since 1996. He graduated from Bear Valley School of Preaching in 1981 and started his career at the Bell Avenue Church of Christ in Amarillo, TX. He began his tenure at Austin Avenue after serving in the missions field, first in Cordoba, Argentina from 1984-1985, then in Santiago, Chile from 1987-1996. In addition to teaching classes at Austin Avenue, he continues to make overseas trips and missionary site visits. Roland and his wife, Carol Brown Bowen, have three grown children and one grandchild.

welda williams

Church Receptionist

Welda and her family moved to Brownwood from Hearne, TX in 1992. She began working in the church office as the Receptionist in 2000. Her duties include answering the phone, receiving guests, sorting mail, keeping mission donation records, and preparing PowerPoint slides for worship on Sundays. Welda is honored to work with the great staff at Austin Avenue, and is blessed by the daily fellowship. One of her favorite Bible verses is Psalm 103:11-12.

Welda’s hometown is Burnet, TX, where she grew up and graduated from high school. After attending Abilene Christian College for two years, she married Wendell Williams in 1972. Their children are daughter Nicole and husband, Ben Fitts, of Leander and son Matt Williams and wife, Regan, of Brownwood, and son Blake Williams and wife, Randi, of Abilene. Her grandchildren are Bennett Williams of Brownwood and Audrey and Caleb Williams of Abilene. 

Tina Hill

Church Record Keeping

Tina and her husband, Scott, became a part of the Austin Avenue Church of Christ family in January 2007, and Tina joined the staff as Record Keeper in 2012. She enjoys her supportive role in the office, with duties including designing and printing the Sunday handout,  maintaining the church database, directories and records, and editing the sermon to be shared in media.

Tina grew up in Malden, Missouri, but considers Arkansas, her birthplace, home. She married her husband, Scott Hill, in 1988. They have one son, Dustin Blanchard, who serves in the Airforce and lives with his wife Marlene and daughter Malia in Germany. Tina received a certificate from MTI College of Business & Technology in Friendswood, TX, and began working for The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc., a family crisis center, in Pasadena, TX, as a part-time Nutrition Clerk in the emergency shelter. She left The Bridge 14 years later, as the Grants Compliance Manager, when she and Scott moved to Brownwood.  

Now Hiring! 

Youth Minister

Our previous Youth Minister has moved on to full-time Pulpit Ministry, and we are in search of a new Youth Minister. We continue to be in prayer over this change, and we are very excited about meeting new candidates for this important position! If you know of a qualified candidate, please encourage them to contact the church office.