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Ridge Men

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We are men who are God-honoring, Spirit-empowered leaders in our families, our work, and the world.

Have you ever asked yourself questions like, “What does it mean to lead my family well?” or “Is Jesus relevant to my life, family, and work?” At Austin Ridge, we want to tackle these questions head-on, together.

Our hope is that you would find an event, class, study, or group that fits your schedule, allows you to take the next step in your journey with God, and helps you get to know other men at the Ridge.

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Men's Breakfast

Dates vary by campus

Join us this January to meet other Ridge men, enjoy great food, and hear straight talk about biblical manhood.

Events, Classes + Bible Studies

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Men's Groups

Disciplemaking Groups

Disciplemaking groups are small (4-6 people), same-gender groups that meet weekly for 9-12 months working through a curriculum designed by the Ridge around our beliefs of who a disciple is and what a disciple does.


D-Groups were created and designed specifically to make disciples who can make disciples. By learning to study the Bible for yourself, think theologically, develop spiritual disciplines, and articulate all of that in your own words, you will gain tools to not only lead and equip others, but to more faithfully move towards Jesus for the rest of your life!


Ready to join or lead a D-group? Fill out the form for your campus and our team will be in touch soon!

Make a spiritual difference

Select your preferred campus and complete a volunteer interest form to serve with our Ridge Men team.

Ridge Men Team

  • Becca Poulos

    Becca Poulos

    Becca was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She received her degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at St. Edward's University and her Master's degree at Texas A&M University in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Becca has spent the last seven years working in the field as a special education teacher and registered behavior therapist. In addition, she has a passion for serving others within the church and community. Becca is excited to use the various skills she has developed in her role as a Ministry Assistant.

  • Becky Ellsworth

    Becky Ellsworth

    Becky was raised in Carlsbad, CA, so the beach is her favorite place. She and her amazing husband, Don, have awesome people - including four kids, a few kid-in-laws, and some beautiful grandbabies. The Ellsworths moved to Austin in 2001 for Don to be one of the pastors at Austin Ridge. Becky loves spending time with her family, taking fun vacations (which almost always include a beach and sometimes Disney), reading, cooking/eating, exercising, and spending time with friends. She loves working at Austin Ridge, and being a part of what the Lord is doing in Dripping Springs and around the world.

  • Chris Larsen

    Chris Larsen

    Chris and his wife Sunni were both born and raised in Texas. They met while attending Baylor University where Chris received a BA in Religion. He went on to get a Masters of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Chris has served in ministry in nearly every area of the church - Students, College, Singles, Small Groups, Men's Ministry, Church Planting Lead Pastor and, most recently, the Lead Teaching Pastor in the Pacific Northwest. Chris and Sunni have two adult children, a son who married his high school sweetheart and still lives in the Pacific Northwest as well as a daughter who is about to graduate from Baylor University. Sunni has a Masters in Psychology, is a Certified Life Coach, and works at Austin Ridge in the Care Department.

    For fun, Chris and Sunni like to drink coffee, cook and eat great food, exercise, and while Sunni loves running, Chris loves to play golf. Chris' passion for Men's Ministry is that men would embrace the call of God on their lives and grow to become spiritual leaders in their homes, their work, and their world.

  • Donald Dumbacher

    Donald Dumbacher

    Don was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, home to the greatest food in the world: Skyline Chili. He attended THE Ohio State University, where he met his future wife, Shelli. After attending The Master’s Seminary to see what they know, he and Shelli moved to the Chicago area, raised four children, and started a Student Ministry and then a church plant. While campus pastoring in Illinois, he discovered free agency and took his talents south – to ATX. Don and Shelli’s four kids are in Portland, Suisse, Chicago, and Fort Worth. In his free time, he tries to convince his kids to visit.

  • Greg Hill

    Greg Hill

    As an Austin native, Greg loves this place and has a unique perspective and intuitive understanding of its history, people, and needs. He and his wife, Janie, along with a couple of friends, started Southwest Hills Community Church in 1998 with a vision to see the Oak Hill area transformed by the grace and truth of the gospel. That vision entered a new and vibrant phase when SHCC merged with Austin Ridge to become Austin Ridge Southwest – our church's first satellite campus. Greg and Janie have two awesome kids and two equally awesome kids-in-law. They love the hike-and-bike trails, fly-fishing, college football, and frequenting local coffee shops and Austin eateries.

  • Jessica Moore

    Jessica Moore

    Jessica was raised in Bastrop, Texas, and began following Christ when she was 17. She immediately felt called to ministry and attended Dallas Christian College, where she received a B.S. in Intercultural Studies with a minor in Youth and Family Ministry. In her spare time, she loves exploring Austin, going country dancing or to concerts, and hiking on the Greenbelt.

  • Michael Chiles

    Michael Chiles

    Originally from St. Louis, Michael has served in ministry for the past twenty-five years in Austin, Denver, and Los Angeles. He's passionate about helping others grow in their understanding of God's love and their identity in Christ. For 10 years, Michael had a career in film and television in Los Angeles before going to grad school for Christian Counseling. He's still connected to Austin's production community and has a heart for supporting pastors and ministry leaders. Michael and his wife, Janie, have three fun and lively children, love the outdoors, a good house project, and road tripping across the US.

  • Phillip Williams

    Phillip Williams

    Phillip is a graduate of Clemson and Dallas Theological Seminary. After 14 years in ministry, he returned to school to complete a professional counseling degree at Liberty University, solidifying his life’s call to care ministry. He is excited to help the Ridge further develop a care culture centered on the hope of life transformation that only Jesus brings. Phillip married up. He and Jill have three children: Mitch, Grant, and Suzanna. They love traveling and competing at anything and are grateful to be on mission with the Austin Ridge family.

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