Service. Expertise. Community.
Our board consists of community leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences and acts as support to our mission of empowering Kingdom-minded small businesses to serve their communities.
Mark earned a BBA in Finance and Business Honors from Texas A&M University, where he also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Mays Business School. He currently serves as a Managing Director of Focus Strategies Merchant Investments, a private equity and private credit investment company based in Austin, Texas. Mark, alongside his wife Margaret, attend the Austin Stone Downtown, where they serve as Deacons in the marriage ministry. Together, Mark and Margaret have two children, Matthew and Mandy, and a black lab, Lucy.
Rev./Dr. Daryl Horton
Pastor Horton stands boldly for equity & justice as a leader and resource for the greater Austin area. A native Austinite, he has been a member of Mt. Zion since 2002, and served in many capacities: as a preacher, a teacher and leader of the church & community. Rev. Horton attended local area public schools and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University. He furthered his education by obtaining an M.A. in Theological Studies from Austin Graduate School of Theology, a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University as well as being a graduate of the Leadership Austin Essence Class of 2020.
Archbishop Sterling Lands II, Ph.D.
Sterling Lands II serves as the Senior Pastor at the Greater Calvary Bible Church, Austin, Texas, and the Presiding Bishop of the Family Life International Fellowship. He earned a Masters's Degree and Ph. D. in Christian leadership from Metropolitan Christian University, Louisville, Kentucky, and completed his B. S, in Electronics from Southern A&M University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a registered Professional Process Control Engineer
Dr. Caroline Barta Montgomery
Caroline Barta Montgomery, PhD is a lifelong learner and award-winning expert in learning design, instructional design, educational product management, and digital first learning experiences, noted for creating delightful and meaningful content for learners of all ages. She's had the privilege to guide innovative learning solutions for national scholarship organizations, large corporations, professional associations, startups, universities, non-profits, and publishers. She is passionate about removing barriers and expanding equitable access to educational resources and is honored to serve as a board member for Kingdom Capital Network. She counts herself blessed to be married to Andrew and to be the mother of a son. She and Andrew are partners and group leaders at the Austin Stone Community Church.
Denise Nance Pierce
Denise Nance Pierce is a seasoned school law attorney who has served public schools with excellence for over 25 years. Pierce has been at the center of the development of Texas charter law and regulation and is committed to the value of quality public education. Pierce received a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, is a graduate of APTS, and an associate minister at Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Austin. Denise has served the Austin community through service on the boards of directors for the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the Austin Area Urban League and for the Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Foundation. She is a founding member of JustSisters, a multi-denominational gathering of Christian women committed to love, justice and sisterhood.
Jessica Sperling helps build software for small businesses as a technical engineering lead on Intuit's QuickBooks product. She's incredibly passionate about mentorship and seeing others see the beauty and purpose of worshipping God through their everyday jobs.
Eric is a Christian, married thirteen years to wife Keri with an eleven–year-old son, Ericson. Eric grew up as a 4th-generation San Antonian, and have been living in Austin since 1997. He feels called to be a friend, a generational steward, people-keeping, building outposts for the kingdom, and renewing the church. He co-founded TengoInternet in 2002 and also serves as a Deacon/ vocational leader/ marriage mentor at ChristChurch Austin. Eric received his MBA and BBA degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and am completing his Certificate in Diaconal Studies.
Chris is a strong leader, mentor, and team builder. He is passionate about seeing people reach their full potential and establishing a winning internal culture. A seasoned technology and sales executive with more than 20 years of experience, Turnley has a successful track record of driving growth and fostering sustainable relationships. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer of Chipper. Previous to this, Chris held senior leadership roles at DOSH, WP Engine, and Iron Mountain. He has also served as an advisor for a number of nonprofits and start-ups. Turnley serves as chairman for the Austin Bridge Builders Alliance and has also volunteered with Missions.ME, a nonprofit organization that supports mission trips and other humanitarian causes around the world. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.