Upwards Church Leander Campus


See below for our Sunday service times. 

Join us for livestream on Sundays at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM and Watch us anytime on YouTube!

  • In PERSON service times

    Sundays at 10:0 AM Family Worship

    & 11:30 AM Worship With Children's Ministry

    Our Youth Group meets upstairs at 11:45 AM following worship

  • location

    Upwards Church

    Leander Campus

    8754 RR 2243

    Leander TX 78641

    Business office (833) 874-7387 EXT. 1

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  • Leander campus Pastors

    Darrell Koop, Lead Pastor &

    Brian Shanklin, Rotating Pastor

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  • Darrell Koop

    Lead Pastor

    Howdy! It’s an honor to be the pastor of this great church. Niki and I moved to Williamson County in 2000 to start this church in our living room. We have 3 kids, Kaleb, Noel and Danille. I’m an Aggie, class of 1990 and later went to seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for a masters of Divinity with Biblical languages. I love turtles and landscaping. Niki is a physical therapist. I hope to meet you in person on Sunday!

  • Brian Shanklin

    Rotating pastor

    I am a teaching pastor and I travel and speak at both campuses. My father was a pastor and I was definitely the prodigal son. I promised to never be a pastor, and tried doing life my way, but God had different plans. I have a passion for God, God’s Word, learning, and teaching His Word and His Truth with others. God has truly blessed me with an amazing wife, Jennifer, and 4 great, yet a little crazy, kids. I am a fulltime HVAC contractor in my real life and the greatest ministry is the day to day life we share with others. We would love for you to join us at Upwards Church where Jesus is King and Lord of Lords, God’s Word and Truth is spoken and shared, and the people are real, not fake! Hope to see you soon!!

  • Toni mace

    preschool Dir. & children's ministry

    I have been serving in children’s ministry for over 16 years. I believe real faith begins with an understanding of who God is and how much He loves us. As a parent of five children and grandparent to eight grandchildren, I believe kids are extremely important within the body of Christ, and equipping them to learn about and grow in Him is central to our ministry. I am committed to teaching and loving children, and helping them to know, love, and serve God! If you'd like to serve through our Children's Ministry or work at the preschool, please contact me!

  • Ashley Burtt

    Youth ministry

    I am married and have been blessed with one daughter. We are proud members of Hippo Nation, where we live and work. I spend my weekdays working as a Reading Interventionist at Hutto Elementary. I have been in education for 13 years and truly have a passion and heart to help children and youth learn and develop strong moral values. I am super excited to be able to continue God's calling for me by serving as the Youth Leader for the Leader campus. It is very important that youth know what the Bible says so they have a firm foundation,  grow and become more Christ-like, and to share, serve and live out their faith. Please contact me if you have youth or if you would like to serve them by joining our team. "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6

  • karina sosa

    worship & tech Administrator

    I have been with Upwards Church for over 15 years, serving on the Worship Team, Creative Team, and Prayer Group, among other ministries. I started working with Upwards Preschool in the spring of 2019. I also work part-time as a real estate agent with RE/MAX Capital City. I have volunteered with Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and PTA. I have lived in the area for over 30 years, and I am excited about what God has in store for our church family and the surrounding communities. If you are interested in serving on the Worship Team, please contact me!

  • bonnie bennetsen

    Office & Media Administrator

    I’m married with two young adults and we've been attending Upwards Church since its very first service in 2000. I have been in administrative management for Christian nonprofit organizations since 1992 and have been an administrator with Upwards Church, providing support for our campuses and preschools since 2003. My passion is to use all my abilities and talents for God’s church. 

  • jane goolsby

    Business administrator & HOSPITALITY ministry

    God led my husband, Allen, and I to visit Upwards Church and we joined in April 2021. I'm honored to lead the Hospitality ministries, if you feel led to serve on the café, greeting or connection center team, please let me know. We love our church family and serving one another. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10

  • allen goolsby

    safety ministry

    My wife, Jane, and I love spending as much time as possible with our two sons and their families! I enjoy leading the Safety Ministry and also serve on the Facility/Landscaping Ministry. If you have a calling to guard and protect God's people, please let me know.

    “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood." Acts 20:28

  • chief mace

    facility & landscaping ministry

    My wife and I live in Granger and I recently retired after 46 years in Law Enforcement. I began serving in the Facility/Landscaping Ministry because I feel it's important to maintain that which God has blessed us with. If you are interested in joining our team, I would love to visit with you!  

  • jennifer shanklin

    cleaning ministry

    If you feel led to serve on the cleaning team, please let me know.

  • Recovery ministry