Congregational Staff

(Wildflower is a lay-led congregation)

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.

Piaf has been working as Director of Religious Education at Wildflower since July 2018. She holds a teaching certificate for bilingual education, and has many years of experience working with children as a teacher in diverse settings. She lives in South Austin with her two daughters where she likes to make art and listen to podcasts.

Lin 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.

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.

Solveij is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist with a variety of teaching experience as a youth and young adult. She is a recent graduate of Stanford University and currently teaches in Headwaters after school program.  She brings a strong passion for social justice and empowering children.

Marie works with some of our youngest Wildflowers. She’s been a childcare provider for many years, building communities of love, justice, and yes joy for young children and their families. Raised a UU, she has swung through coffee hour suspended by a stuffed snake and attended worship on roller skates and with a pet mouse in her pocket (separate, unrelated incidents). She sings, plays ukulele, makes art, and mothers two wonderful children who get their pockets checked regularly.

Rev. Erin J. Walter (she/her/hers) is a Unitarian Universalist minister, musician, writer, and activist, affiliated with Wildflower Church since 2017. The role of Affiliated Community Minister is an unpaid, nonstaff role in which a community minister and congregation agree to be aligned in mission, spirit, and support. A community minister predominantly serves outside the congregation, and Rev. Erin does so through nonprofit leadership, guest preaching, playing in bands Parker Woodland and Butch County, leading spiritual practice dance classes, women’s retreats, and more. Rev. Erin is a former YMCA director and winner of the 2017 Sermon Award from the UU Women’s Federation. She serves as a board member for the Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry, and you can find more about her music and ministry at ErinWalter.com.