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Media & Communications
Dr. J. Kie Bowman
He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in New Testament Interpretation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, where he also earned the Master of Divinity degree. He received the Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
Dr. Bowman has authored two books, including a labor of love on the life of Jesus of Nazareth called I Am, and the Amazon best seller, The King and His Community. In addition, he has contributed to 11 other published works in the field of ministry, including titles from Thomas Nelson Publishers and Zondervan Press. With a strong passion for writing, he is currently working on a new book in the discipline of New Testament studies.
Dr. Bowman has served in a wide variety of leadership roles within the Southern Baptist Convention at both state and national levels, including serving on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, Chairman of the Administration Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention, and Vice President of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Currently he serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
Numerous opportunities for preaching have been made available over the years, including keynote messages at international conferences in Ireland, Paraguay, and Switzerland. Dr. Bowman was also honored to present a paper on American evangelicalism at Oxford University. He has spoken for national conferences including the Pastor’s Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention, numerous state evangelism conferences, and several seminaries and colleges. Most recently he spoke at the National Conference on Apologetics.
Currently Dr. Bowman, along with a diverse and committed group of pastors, is deeply committed to a growing 24/7 prayer movement in the city of Austin with a passionate desire to see churches strengthened, the lost evangelized, and genuine spiritual awakening.
In 1981, he and his wife, Tina, married. They have three adult children: Amanda, who works in marketing in Austin; Laura, who works in public relations in Austin; and Joseph, who is graduating from Texas State University and currently lives in Austin.
I received Christ as a teenager in my hometown at First Baptist Church of Fairbanks, Alaska. At the same time, the “Jesus Movement” erupted at my school and I watched as students’ lives were transformed by the Spirit of God. Even though I had trusted Christ, I wandered spiritually during my high school years. During those days, however, I could not ignore two things: first, my parents were always consistent in their witness; second, those born-again hippies from the Jesus Movement had a faith I admired. As a result, while still a teenager, I recommitted to Christ and became passionate about my walk with God. I am still walking with Him today, nearly 40 years later.
Since coming to Hyde Park, God has blessed us with an evangelistic passion and growing dependence upon prayer. Many have come to Christ and have been baptized and many others have found a church home in their journey of faith. My passions today are essentially the same as they were during those exciting days of the “Jesus Movement.” I want to lead people to faith in Christ, teach the Word of God, and invest my life in a growing prayer movement which could lead to stronger Christians and spiritual awakening in our time.
Born in Durant, Oklahoma in 1954, Kent was led to Christ at the age of 8. In 1976 Mr. Jennings graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Texas at Arlington and continued his education at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a Master of Religious Education in 1978. In 1984, he graduated with a Master of Business Administration from North Texas State University.
Right after graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington he married his wife Karen. They have two children, Brooke Hilary and Ebby Kay. They also have seven beautiful grandchildren.
My Christian testimony is much like the young man, Samuel, who having heard the voice of God, learned from the beginning to always answer “yes.” My walk with God has been marked with a series of times when I have felt God’s call on my life, beginning with my conversion experience as an eight year old boy. God’s grace granted me the privilege of being born and raised by Christian parents. My extended families of grandparents loved the Lord and were committed to obediently following Him in their personal lives. I remember receiving Christ personally when I came to realize that I was lost. My conversion was not so much a turning away from sin. Rather, it was more a response in turning toward Christ. My motivation in receiving Jesus was to do what I understood pleased Jesus. In turning toward Christ, which is a turning from sin, I have come to understand that this commitment is the act of authentic repentance. The motivation to please God has driven me to other calls God has made on my life. I have discovered that to please Jesus, my answer to Him must always be “yes.”
God placed a second major call on my life during my senior year in college. Pursuing a degree in Business Administration, I was on target to make banking my career choice. During this time, I was seeking to know Christ more fully and was open to doing whatever pleased Him with my life. With total clarity, I realized while driving home from school one day that God wanted me to follow Him into the arena of full-time Christian service. I made this decision public and was supported in this decision by my family and church. While in seminary, I discovered the emerging ministry of church business administration and realized that God could use the unique gifts and passions of an individual in Christian ministry. I realized that I didn’t have to be a Pastor or missionary in order to be obedient to Him and to serve Him in a full-time ministry. God confirmed this call on my life as He provided my first ministry position at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
His ministry through me and the opportunities to become what God wants me to become have taken me down several paths. God has made Himself evident along each of these ministry paths. I know for certain that He will likewise make His presence known for me in the journey He has for me in the days ahead. Having arrived at the half time of my ministry journey, I look forward to the exciting and challenging days that God will unfold for me in the years ahead.
God continues to work in my life these days as I seek to grow in my personal relationship with Him. I want to know Him better and keep my mind on Him throughout the day. I desire to become more in tune to His written Word and want prayer to be an ever increasing part of my daily life. I desire to submit my will to Him and drive the temptations of personal pride and ambition from my character. I desire to serve Him fully and desire to be contented where I have the privilege to be used by Him. I desire to become more Godlike in my relationships with others, especially with my wife and family. I desire to provide the example of godliness to my grown children and to my precious grandchildren that will influence their walk with Christ that will have an impact on the kingdom of God for eternity.
Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care
Born in Austin, Texas in 1942, he came to faith in Jesus at the age of seven while visiting the evening service at Hyde Park Baptist Church with his parents. He joined Hyde Park with his wife Mary soon after they married in 1965. Dan graduated from the University of Texas with a Business degree and served with the U. S. Army before returning to Austin. He worked for Glastron Boat Company and then joined the staff at Hyde Park.
Dan and Mary have two children: Ginger and husband Danny who live in Oklahoma and have four children, Rebekah, Danny III, Joshua, and Sarah; and Dan Bailey, (D.B.) and wife Charli who live in the Fort Worth area and have five children, Jacob, Dylan, Cole, Cami, and Russell.
Dan enjoys coin collecting, riding his tractor at his farm and watching sports, particularly UT football.
“I did not grow up in church and remember what it is like to be without any hope. Small groups changed my life. My belief about small groups can best be summed up this way: we want to create groups where you can know and be known by others, find a place to help us get better, be encouraged in your faith and gain a better understanding of Scripture. We laugh and smile a lot, we carry each other’s burdens, we celebrate each others blessings and hold each other when life gets tough. No finger-pointing, just a helping hand…..Want a place like that? Hope you will come check us out!”
Hixon and Margie have three children, Sydney, Sarah-Clare and Grayson.
Media & Communications Pastor
Born in San Angelo, Texas in 1955, Russell was privileged to be raised in a home that honored God and followed Jesus Christ. It was due to that early Christ-like influence by godly parents that he placed his faith and trust in Jesus Christ at an early age. Russell holds a B.A. in Broadcast Communications from Texas Tech. He began his career in Media Ministry in 1984 and continues to follow that call on his life.
In 1980 Russell married his college sweetheart, Susan Irons, and they have three married children. Jessica and her husband Matt Klepac live in New Jersey; Ryan does international business with his wife and two daughters; and Rhett and his wife Emily live in Lubbock, TX.
As early as I can remember, our family was attending church and learning about the things of God. My parents were great models of Christ followers and at the early age of seven I realized the need in my life for forgiveness of the wrong things I had done in order to have a relationship with God. I prayed and asked God to forgive my wrongs (sins), those things that were ungodly and unacceptable by God. I went on to ask Jesus Christ to be Lord of my life and to lead me as a young boy.
To this day, I believe that the decision to commit my life to Christ was genuine and real. Although there was a time I strayed away from His leadership in my life during my high school days, God has reassured me that He is still Lord, still forgives my sin and desires to lead me daily. I’m forever thankful for God’s love, grace, forgiveness and provision.
Minister to Children
Bev is married to Dave Allen and they currently reside in Liberty Hill. They have 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Bev has been in children’s ministry for 34 years, having retired in 2006 from Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene after 28 years in ministry. She has since served as Interim Children’s Minister at First Baptist Church, Katy from June, 2007-May, 2008; Field Street Baptist Church, Cleburne, March-June, 2009 and again at Field Street Baptist Church from March-December, 2011.
College & Singles Pastor
Born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1993, Justin accepted Christ as a teenager at a youth camp the summer before his senior year at Aledo High School. He grew up playing all sports and eventually went to play football at Texas A&M University upon graduation. There he studied Business Management with a minor in International Business. After several mission trips and service through his local church, Justin was called into full time ministry by the Lord upon graduating in December 2014. Justin then came to work at Hyde Park and is currently studying for a Master of Divinity through Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
I grew up in the church all my life, but never really understood what Jesus was all about as a kid. I knew all the answers and was in the pews every time the doors were open, but I had no personal relationship with Christ until the summer before my senior year of high school. I went to a youth camp called Centrifuge in Glorieta, New Mexico, and it was there that God got a hold of my heart. He convicted me of my sin and I surrendered to Him, finally asking forgiveness and accepting Jesus as my savior. It was not until my sophomore year of college, however, that I really started to learn what following Christ meant on a daily basis. From then on, I have been committed to growing my relationship with the Lord and teaching others to do the same. College was a time of great growth in the Lord, and it is why I am so passionate about college ministry. The people God sent to minister to me during those years of my life greatly influenced my faith, and I wish to do the same for others.
In the summer of 2003 at camp he felt a calling to serve in full time vocational ministry. He went forward with that calling to attend Howard Payne University studying Youth Ministry, but ultimately graduating with a degree in Exercise Sports Science.
Aaron has been a sports lover ever since he could pick up a ball. If he is not playing basketball, football, tennis, or ultimate Frisbee you will find him spending time with students and people at the amazing restaurants that Austin has to offer.
You could some up his passions in two ways: a passion to see people enjoying the presence of God with a bold prayer life, and a passion to see many people met with the good news of Jesus Christ for the saving of hearts and souls. Whatever it takes to reach people with the good news.
Director of Adult Ministries
Born in Andrews, Texas in 1954, Danny accepted Jesus Christ as a 17 year old teenager. He holds a BBA degree from Texas A&M University, and met his wife, Carolyn, as Baptist Student Union summer missionary partners in 1976. He and Carolyn have been married since 1979. They have one daughter, Shannon, who works as a CPA in New York City.
I received Christ during a Billy Graham youth rally in 1972 in Andrews, Texas. Even though I had been raised in the Catholic church, I heard the gospel for the first time and responded very simply on the basis of Romans 10:13-“Whosover shall call upon the Lord shall be saved.” I immediately sought a church in my hometown where I could learn the Bible and grow as a new believer, and God directed me to First Baptist Church of Andrews. At Texas A&M I was mentored spiritually by the pastor of First Baptist Church of College Station and by my Baptist Student Union Director. My spiritual growth “spurt” began then, and I have continued to fall more and more in love with the Lord Jesus Christ. My passion is to make Him known to others and to help new believers learn to walk with Him.
Minister of Sports and Recreation
S.L. came to work at Hyde Park Schools in 2006 as the head baseball coach and offensive coordinator of the varsity football team. In 2011 he committed himself to full-time Christian ministry with Hyde Park Baptist Church. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities at The Quarries, S.L. coaches middle school football at Hyde Park and summer baseball for the WINGS Premier program.
He is married to Dr. Denise Bradley, who works for St. David’s Healthcare. S.L. and Denise have two children -- Hunter, who attends Baylor University; and Chase, who attends Hyde Park Schools.
I accepted Christ the summer before my junior year of high school at First Baptist Pasadena. I did not grow up attending church and did not understand what it meant to have a personal relationship with the Lord. It is by His sacrifice on behalf of my sins that I have been saved. It is not the world that I live for, but He who lives in me.
Pastor, Hispanic Ministry
Executive Assistant, Senior Pastor
Executuve Assistant, Administration
Executive Assistant, Music/Media
Executive Assistant, Family Life
Assistant, Children's Ministry
Director, Human Resources
CLC Event Coordinator
CLC Director of Fitness & Recreation
CLC Membership Director
Quarries Childcare Coordinator
Director, Hyde Park Preschool
Asst. Director, Hyde Park Preschool
Director, Child Development Center
Office Manager, Child Development Center
Assistant, Child Development Center
CDC Elementary Coordinator
Media Production Manager
Dr. Nicole Fitzpatrick
Director of Counseling
Nicole’s work in diverse settings--including schools, non-profit organizations, collegiate teaching, and now private practice--have equipped her with a breadth of experiences to deal with a variety of emotional and behavioral issues. As a member of Network 220 she directs the training program for Central Texas and is also working on several different writing projects to develop and expand training materials.
Growing up in southern California, Nicole feels at home in the sunny climate of central Texas which she has called home for the last 20 years. In her free time, Nicole spends time with her husband, a native Austinite, and their two sons discovering the beauty of God’s creation throughout the Texas hill country. They enjoy exploring food trailers, restaurants throughout the city, as well as day trips with her family.
Francisco A. Peralta
M.ED., LPC-S, NBCC
Francisco received his Master of Education Degree from Southwest Texas State (now Texas State University) in 1988. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Approved Supervisor for Licensed Professional Counselors. He is also a National Board Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Francisco has 24 years of counseling experience in a variety of settings (non-profit organizations and governmental agencies) as well as serving the body of Christ. This counseling experience includes helping men and women with anger management, substance abuse, sexual addictions, grief/loss, forgiveness, marriage and relational issues. He has extensive helping individuals and their families with issues related to the criminal justice system.
A long-time resident of Austin, Francisco moved here in 1977, from his home town, San Antonio, to attend the University of Texas. As a college student, he met and later married his beloved leading to 32 years of marriage. This marriage of 32 years (with many lessons learned) ended when his beloved was “promoted” and is now glorified in Heaven. He is the proud father of three adult children and two grandchildren who are the apple of his eye. He is an avid reader with a passion for theology and those who know him; know his zeal for worshiping God. Francisco attends the Quarries and enjoys long walks with his dog.
My desire is to provide support to those who are dealing with life situations that create loneliness, grief, and depression. My personal focus comes from Philippians 4:7-8 where we’re told to find “the peace that transcends all understanding” in Christ as we think on the “things that are true”. I have seen that ring true in my life and look forward to working with others to experience God’s peace and divine presence.
I received my Masters of Education from Southwest Texas State (now Texas State University) in 1980 and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Pastor, Korean Ministry