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meet the team

sbtc church planting team

  • Doug Hixson

    Director of Church Planting

    Doug Hixson serves as the Director of Church Planting for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Doug started with the SBTC in 2017.

    Doug has served in ministry for 31 years as youth pastor, senior pastor and most recently as a church planter in South Dakota. Doug’s church plant in South Dakota also planted three churches in the region.

    Doug is married to Dana and they have two children — Benjamin and Adyson.

  • Chuy Avila

    SBTC en Español Lead Associate

    Chuy Avila serves as a Church Planting Associate and catalyst for the DFW area.

    Chuy is tasked with networking with pastors to call out planters from their churches, facilitating training for new planters and supervising current planters.

    Chuy also serves in leading SBTC en Español. SBTC en Español exists to support the development of Hispanic churches in Texas to become healthy and effective congregations to fulfill the Great Commission.

  • Gayla Harris

    Missions Ministry Assistant

    Gayla Harris serves as a Ministry Assistant.

    Gayla manages Reach Houston, Reach Austin, Reach El Paso, Reach the Rio Grande Valley and other mobilization partnerships, Reach Texas offerings and the annual Church Planter retreat.