Our Staff

Minister

Brian Ferguson, minister@wildflowerchurch.org

Brian graduated from our Unitarian Universalist seminary, Starr King School of Ministry, in 2009 with an M.Div. degree. He served as the ministerial intern at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin and Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church in Cedar Park. Brian served as the minister of the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for five years. Brian’s ministry is driven by the desire to explore and improve the human condition in an interdisciplinary and holistic way. He is joined on life’s journey by his partner, Natalie Freeburg, and their daughter, 13-year-old Isla. Read an interview with Brian.

Director of Religious Education

Penny Burnette, dre@wildflowerchurch.org

Penny has been a member of Wildflower Church since 2001, when she joined the Children’s Religious Education Committee and served as a teacher. Since that time she has served as the chair of the Fun & Fellowship and the Childcare committees. In 2003, she became a co-chair and then chair of the Children's Religious Education committee. She began working as the Director of Religious Education in June, 2005. She is a member of the Liberal Religious Educator’s Association (LREDA) and has attended five modules of the Renaissance Program for professional religious educators and two LREDA conferences. She has three children — Aaron, Jacob and Nathan.

Choir Director and Pianist

Elke Baitis, music@wildflowerchurch.org

Elke has been playing piano for Wildflower services since May 2002 and became choir director in 2007. She has lived in Austin most of her life, working as a freelance musician and studying geology at UT. She currently lives in South Austin with her brindle pit-mix. In addition to her church duties, Elke works for the American Geosciences Institute.

Administrative Assistant

Lin McKissick, office@wildflowerchurch.org

Lin McKissick is originally from the piney woods of North East Texas, but moved to to Austin way back in 1993 when Austin was still weird. She is married to J. McKissick and has 1 adult son who lives in Austin. She has been at Wildflower Church since February of 2015 and loves that her values are strongly represented within the Wildflower Community. Most weekends you will find her cooking and entertaining for her friends and family.

Bookkeeper

Cindy Steel, bookkeeper@wildflowerchurch.org

Cindy has been bookkeeper for Wildflower Church since November 2010. She continues to provide computerized accounting services to multiple area businesses and non-profit organizations as a staff accountant with Ray CPA. Cindy is thrilled to have both of her children and their families back in Texas, and she enjoys time with her grandchildren. She continues to be inspired by the works of Wildflower Church in areas of social justice and human compassion.