Upwards Church Leander Campus


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  • In PERSON service times

    Sundays at 10:00 AM Worship and

    11:30 AM Worship With Children's Ministry

    Our Youth Group meets at 11:30 AM

  • 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

Our Dedicated Ministry Leaders

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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 Danielle. 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!!

  • Noel Koop

    preschool Director

    I have graduated college from Southwestern Seminary class of May 2023 with a bachelor's in Christian Studies and minor in Children's Ministry. I have worked in a licensed preschool for 5 years, and have served in children's ministry since I was in middle school. My heart and passion is to teach children the love of Jesus. I believe real faith begins with an understanding of who God is and how much He loves us. I am committed to teaching and loving children, and helping them to know, love, and serve God! If you would like more information or are wanting to have your child enrolled at Upwards Preschool, please contact me!

  • Mike Sellers, and DaviD & CELESTE YEAKLEY

    Youth ministry

    We really enjoy teaching and helping youth to grow closer to Christ.

    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


    worship & tech Administrator

    If you are interested in serving on the Worship or Tech Team, please contact me!

  • Jennifer Shanklin

    Kids Ministry & Cleaning Ministry

    We love our Upwards Kids. We embrace the joy in teaching children about Jesus and encouraging them to continue to grow in God's word with Bible lessons, songs, and creativity. If you are interested in serving on the Kids Ministry or Cleaning Team, please contact one of me. 

    Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

  • 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

    security 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

  • Richard Lyle

    Cafe Ministry

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

  • Recovery ministry