Get To Know

Get to Know: Jessica Bollen

Get To Know is a weekly feature that highlights leaders within our church, how they serve, and any insights they can share.

Jessica Bollen with her husband, Daniel

Jessica Bollen with her husband, Daniel

In 10 words or less, tell us how you serve at Hulen Street.
I lead a 9:30 Growth Group alongside my husband, Daniel.

How long have you been with Hulen Street?
It will be 2 years this Fall!

What's the best part about serving?
The best part of serving is watching people find real community within their church. Whether they have attended church for years or are brand new, when they find a Growth Group it becomes more than church to people, it becomes a family. So many times we’ve heard group members say how long they had been searching for real community, how they had been so lonely. We get to experience people enjoy the Body of Christ to its fullest – through the highs and lows of life. It’s such a blessing.

What is the biggest challenge you face in serving?
Let’s see, arriving on time on Sunday mornings? Just kidding! I would say the biggest challenge is trying to stay intentional in the face of everyone’s busy lives. Everyone in our group, including me, is constantly pulled in a thousand directions – that’s just the American way. We fill our schedules so quickly, sometimes it’s hard to remember to slow down and make room for others.

How did you get started serving?
Drew bribed us. Still kidding! After serving on a church staff for several years, we were hungry to be active in ministry again when we moved to Texas. We had experienced loving, faithful community to its fullest and missed those relationships. Thankfully, there was a need for a new group, so we were excited to jump in!

What is something the Spirit is teaching you lately?
In very practical ways, the Spirit is teaching me all over again about the foundation of our relationship - faith. At the moment, we’re trying to sell a house 6 hours away, and to be honest it’s financially terrifying. But it’s a daily reminder that the Lord knows the plans He has for us, how much He desires to provide for the deepest, truest needs of His children, and that ultimately our ways are not His ways. His ways are always, always better.

Get to Know: Andrew Frazer

Get To Know is a weekly feature that highlights leaders within our church, how they serve, and any insights they can share.

Andrew Frazer is a photographer, artist, storyteller, and a partner at Hulen Street Church.

In 10 words or less, tell us how you serve at Hulen Street.
I serve at Hulen Street by helping people tell their stories for kingdom impact. I also help run sound and media with the Hulen Street Worship Band on Sunday mornings.

How long have you been with Hulen Street?
I have gone to Hulen Street for a year and a half.

What's the best part about serving?
The best part about serving is the relationships I have built. I have been working with a truly amazing family and have become very close to them. I am so thankful for the impact they have had on my life.

What is the biggest challenge you face in serving?
The most challenging thing I have faced while doing the story telling is schedules. When people have kids, full-time jobs, and a routine, and then I have my job, it's very hard to get our schedules to match up at times.

How did you get started serving?
I got started serving in this area by just having a couple conversations with Wes Hamilton and Drew Caperton when I first came to Hulen Street. I was telling them about a desire I have to help people tell their story through film, pictures and writing. Everyone has a story, and their story could make a huge impact on people and grow God's Kingdom if heard. Even if it impacts just one life, the story has done its job.

What is something the Spirit is teaching you lately?
Lately the Spirit has been teaching and pressing me to strive to be wise and seek wisdom in everything I do. Therefore I have been studying the book of Proverbs the last few weeks.

Get to Know: Dustin Daniel

Get To Know is a weekly feature that highlights leaders within our church, how they serve, and any insights they can share.

Dustin Daniel and his wife, Kallan.

Dustin Daniel and his wife, Kallan.

In 10 words or less, tell us how you serve at Hulen Street.
I play music in the Hulen Street Worship Band.

How long have you been with Hulen Street?
A little over 3 years.

What's the best part about serving?
Playing in the band gives me the opportunity to do something I really love to glorify God. I believe in the creativity, emotion and connection that music pulls out of us as humans who are worshipping the Creator. Being able to have a part in that is a true blessing, and I am thankful to both Hulen Street Church and God for allowing my small part in that experience.

What is the biggest challenge you face in serving?
Balancing life and free-time is difficult for me. I have a strong desire to be excellent in my craft and a devoted volunteer, but I am also very protective of the free time I have. So using that free time to volunteer is often a very difficult sacrifice for me. It's a constant battle between choosing to give and choosing my self.

How did you get started serving?
I wasn't planning on playing in the band. Through some conversation, Wes found out I played electric guitar, and because there was a need in the band for more electric guitarists, he asked if I would be interested. After I thought about it, I just kinda thought, "Why not?"

What is something the Spirit is teaching you lately?
I'm learning every day that we are all in need of a savior and we all feel it inside. That needy feeling manifests itself in humanity in many different, yet equally broken, ways. Though the answer is always Christ, no one person's search is the same. As I look at people, the Spirit is opening my eyes to see them as He see us: broken, hurting and searching people. This has drastically changed the way I view and treat everyone I come in contact with.

Get to Know: Trisha Stevens

Get to Know is a weekly feature that highlights leaders within our church, how they serve, and any insights they can share.

Trisha Stevens with her husband, Jordan, and three boys.

Trisha Stevens with her husband, Jordan, and three boys.

In 10 words or less, tell us how you serve at Hulen Street.
I serve as a preschool teacher twice a month in the 11:00 One’s class.

How long have you been with Hulen Street?
We started attending Hulen Street in July of 2015. We loved it and decided to become partners in August of 2015!

What's the best part about serving?
I love getting to know the kids and the parents of the kids.I also love it when the kids begin to feel more comfortable in the class because they see a familiar face! When the kids are more comfortable, there is greater opportunity for them to engage and learn more about Jesus! Plus I have always found it to be true that when I serve in the church, I find great joy and grow more in my relationship with the Lord. It is always more blessed to give than to receive.

What is the biggest challenge you face in serving?
The biggest challenge I face in serving is missing the worship service. But I’m thankful I can still listen to the sermon online during the week!

How did you get started serving?
Not long after we became partners, we had our third child, so it was hard to commit to serve with a newborn. But once we got in a good rhythm, I told Karen I was ready to jump in to serve! Because there is such a need for preschool teachers, she put me on the schedule right away.

What is something the Spirit is teaching you lately?
The Spirit has been reminding me to walk in the Spirit. As a mom of three little kids, it is often hectic and busy. I want to practice God’s presence in every moment of every day. Some days are better than others, but I am growing in this! :)

Get to Know: Stephanie Buckingham

Get to Know is a weekly feature that highlights leaders within our church, how they serve, and any insights they can share.

Stephanie Buckingham with her husband, Todd, and thier son, Reid.

Stephanie Buckingham with her husband, Todd, and thier son, Reid.

In 10 words or less, tell us how you serve at Hulen Street.
1st-2nd grade Growth Group Leader

How long have you been with Hulen Street?
5 years

What's the best part about serving?
The best part about serving in the 1st and 2nd Grade Growth Group is seeing the progression that the kids go through. It's amazing to see how their knowledge of the Bible grows, and how they are able to apply what we're learning. It's also been really cool to see some of the kids that have been in our class in previous years get baptized.

What is the biggest challenge you face in serving?
One challenge in serving in 1st and 2nd grade is trying to ensure that the kids are learning and having fun at the same time. We use Orange, a fantastic curriculum that has games and interactive elements, but we've learned that having a Plan B or even Plan C is always a must.

How did you get started serving?
The first time we visited Hulen Street was the Sunday before VBS Freestyle and the church was looking for more volunteers. Todd and I thought that serving at VBS would be a great way to meet people and learn more about the church. I had a great time and it showed me that serving in the Grade School Ministry is something that I am passionate about.

What is something the Spirit is teaching you lately?
We went on the last mission trip to South Africa in March and were able to share our story and some pictures with people at work. Many people have asked questions and wanted to know more about the trip and why we go. It has been a good lesson for me on how to be more intentional and use these conversations with coworkers as a jumping off point to engage people at a deeper level.

Get to Know: Gary Blalock

Get to Know is a weekly feature that highlights leaders within our church, how they serve, and any insights they can share.

Gary Blalock, on the right, and his wife Lisa, left, and their daughter Michelle in the middle

Gary Blalock, on the right, and his wife Lisa, left, and their daughter Michelle in the middle

In 10 words of less, tell us how you serve at Hulen Street-
I lead the mowing team and also serve as an usher.

How long have you been with Hulen Street-
My family and I have been there 15 years.

Whats the best part about serving-
Knowing that serving in a small way that I might be helping someone in the church. Also knowing that you are doing kingdom work.

Whats the biggest challenge you face in serving-
Sometimes feeling like I am letting myself and God down by not doing more for the church.

How did you get started serving-
I had other church partners approach me about serving in the areas that I presently serve in now.

What is something the Spirit is teaching you lately-
The Spirit has been working on me to be more calm,to wait more before I speak out and not to take my family for granted.

Get to Know: Candice Oster

Get to Know is a weekly feature that highlights leaders within our church, how they serve, and any insights they can share.

Candice Oster, her husband Daniel, and their two children.

Candice Oster, her husband Daniel, and their two children.

In 10 words or less, tell us how you serve at Hulen Street.
I serve by leading a Growth Group with my husband.

How long have you been with Hulen Street?
We first visited in May of 2011 and became partners 4 months later.

What's the best part about serving?
The love and relationships that are formed then strengthened as we serve each other, not just the physical needs but spiritual needs as well, in prayer and encouragement.

What is the biggest challenge you face in serving?
Being intentional about doing so. “Busy” is a word we use a lot, and I can easily allow “busy” to limit when and how I serve.

How did you get started serving?
Our first day in a Growth Group we did the good Christian thing in telling our leaders to let us know what we can do to help, not really expecting much to come of it. Three days later they called us and asked us to take food to someone in our group who had surgery and we had never met. God used that early experience to remind us now as leaders to get people plugged into serving because God uses it to grow us spiritually.

What is something the Spirit is teaching you lately?
Being confident in the power that is now in me because of Christ. I have always doubted my own ability to do things, so remembering the power of the Holy Spirit given to us encourages me to continue to step out in service and leadership, not because of what I can do, but what he can do through me.

Get to Know: Kirk Dowell

Get to Know is a weekly feature that highlights leaders within our church, how they serve, and any insights they can share.

Kirk and Nancy Dowell

Kirk and Nancy Dowell

In 10 words or less, tell us how you serve at Hulen Street.
I serve as one of the Church Elders.

How long have you been with Hulen Street?
26 years

What's the best part about serving?
Having been a member of Hulen Street for so long, I have a desire to help protect and preserve it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want it to change - because I certainly have seen my share of change in that time - I just want to ensure that the church maintains its integrity and is always growing and thriving.

What is the biggest challenge you face in serving?
In any leadership role in the church, you run the risk of letting your own preferences guide your decisions rather than what is best for the entire church. It’s important to prayerfully consider all situations.

How did you get started serving?
The first service opportunity that my wife Nancy and I were involved in was counting the offering after the service. After a few weeks of being trained by another couple, we let them know we knew the drill and they didn’t have to stay with us any more. They told us the policy was that they needed to stay so that there was accountability to ensure that no one was stealing from the offering plates. It made sense, but it was the first time I realized that there were apparently people who would actually steal from an offering plate!

What is something the Spirit is teaching you lately?
My wife, Nancy, recently had knee surgery, and I got to take care of her needs during the first few days she was off her feet. I have taken care of her before when she was sick or after foot surgery, but God showed me this time what it meant to really serve her and not just meet her needs.