Meet Our Staff

David Smith

Dr. David Smith

Executive Director
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Dr. David Smith has lived in Austin Texas for twenty years.

He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and snow skiing with his wife and two kids.

Some things he finds valuable in our Church today include Church planting and Evangelism.

His Spiritual Gifts are encouragement, teaching, and shepherding

Favorite Bible Verse(s): “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20


Bruce Murray

Dr. Bruce Murray

Associate Director
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Dr. Bruce Murray grew up in New Jersey but has lived in Austin Texas thirty-seven years.

His Spiritual Gifts are preaching and administration.

He enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.

Favorite Bible Verse(s): “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10


Rita Kennamer

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Ms. Rita Kennamer has lived in Austin Texas for forty four years.

She enjoys sewing, quilting, and studying the Bible to teach a Sunday school class.

Her Spiritual Gift: Compassion.

Favorite Bible Verse(s):

“This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13


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Vicki Davis

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Ms. Vicki Davis has always lived in Austin and grew up in a family of believers.

Her Spiritual Gift is the gift of service.

Within the Church, some of the things she values are Sunday School, a time of gathering in fellowship – a renewing of old friendships, a welcoming of new members, all with the common thread of hearing God’s word.

Favorite Bible Verse: John 14. How blessed we are to know that Jesus prepares a place for each of us that see Him as the way, the truth and the life! This verse is her ‘go-to’ in times of grief and trials, both for herself and for those that need ministering to.


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Nell Hankins


Ms. Nell Hankins has lived in Austin Texas fifty years.

Her Spiritual Gift is encouragement and music.

Favorite Bible Verse:”This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” Psalms 118:24

She enjoys reading, land work, volunteering, and spending time with her grandchildren.


Hope Buchanan

Summer Intern

Ms. Hope Buchanan has helped build the new Austin Baptist Association website that you are currently on. She grew up in Austin Texas.

She enjoys spending time with family, painting, and cooking.

Favorite Bible Verse: “She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

Linda Haedge

Ministry Assistant

Mrs. Linda Haedge has lived in Austin and been married to her husband, Alan, for almost 36 years. Alan was attending the University of Texas when they married, so she joined him in Austin after they married. She and Alan are blessed with 5 children, a granddaughter, and a grandson. She loves being a grandmother, spending time with her family, and reading.

Linda’s favorite verses are:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33