Meet The Refuge Staff:

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Meet Our Staff:

We are a multi cultural church that welcomes anyone and everyone regardless of their past into an atmosphere of acceptance, through innovative worship and methods, through practical teaching based on biblical values to meet the needs of people where they are. It’s our goal to encourage people to surrender their lives to Christ and grow in a relationship with Him while getting connected with other believers to love life. Refuge is a place of help, hope and healing.

The Phillips Family: Our senior pastor, Terrin Phillips, loves God, loves people and loves life. He has an incredible vision for the church and an undeniable passion to reach those who are far away from God and to help them grow in a real and authentic relationship with Him as well as with others while facing life’s tough issues. Terrin has a master’s degree in Missional Leadership. He is married to Tracie and together they have one son, Jordan and one daughter, Morgan. Terrin loves songwriting, football, skateboarding and anything that involves adrenaline. His greatest love, however, is spending time with his family and friends.

The Rivera Family: Omar is the youth pastor and an elder here at Refuge. He and his family have been in ministry since 2007. God has blessed them with two girls and a baby boy. He loves to work with the youth students and has a heart for people. In addition to his ministry he also works full time as a civilian in the Army. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids and also playing basketball. 


Micah is the Worship Pastor as well as the College and Young Adult Pastor here at Refuge. Micah has been in ministry for 6 years and loves helping others grow in their relationship with the Lord. He has a Bachelors from Luther Rice University in Ministry and is currently working on his Masters in Apologetics.  In addition to being on staff at refuge, Micah owns an auto glass repair company.  Micah loves anything sports related and loves being outdoors and enjoys reading and watching movies with his family.  He has been married to his wife Jessie for 7 years and they have one son, Asher.  Micah's favorite thing to do is have a cup of coffee in the backyard with his family and enjoy quality time together.

Terrin Phillips

Omar Rivera

The Neuburger Family: Sean is an elder here at Refuge Church. He has been working in ministry alongside his wife, Lisa, since 2003, His ministry work includes 11 years as a Children's Pastor, and two years as an Associate Pastor. He has a heart for service and helping out wherever there is a need. In addition to serving at Refuge, he works full time as a Semiconductor Equipment Technician at Mission Solar Energy in San Antonio. He has a passion for astronomy, cooking, and going camping and fishing with Lisa, their son, Langston, and their over-sized family pet, Hwin, a Great Dane. The Neuburgers also enjoy traveling and game nights with family and friends.

Micah Grizzell

Sean Neuburger

The Smith Family: Kenton is an Elder here at Refuge. Kenton and his wife Sharon have worked in various capacities with children’s ministries ranging from Kinder through High School during the past 16 years.  Kenton has also been a part of different praise and worship teams. Along with their two kids, Colton and Emily, they enjoy outdoor activities, whether on their ranch horseback riding, or camping, hiking, and fishing at state parks.  Kenton and Sharon also lead one of our Life Groups. In addition to family, ministry, and fun activities, Kenton works as the Sales Manager for a national grower and supplier to wholesale florists. Sharon owns and operates her own hair salon located at their ranch.

Kenton Smith

The Pfeffer Family: Vanessa is involved with coordinating and encouraging our Revive Groups here at Refuge Church. She has been involved in teaching adult Bible Study for 20 + years. Her prayer for 7 years has been that Hospital Church Ministry would come to Northeast Bexar County. Little did she know that God was planning for her to be leading when it did! Her passion is teaching and seeing others grow in their relationship with the Lord and others. Vanessa and Dan have lived in the area since 1968 and 1955 respectively. They have two daughters and four grandchildren in San Antonio. Vanessa has a Master of Science in Nursing degree and works as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the outpatient setting. Vanessa enjoys reading, camping, sewing and playing with her grandchildren. She and Dan enjoy doing home projects together; like laying floors, painting, and installing cabinets.

Vanessa Pfeffer

Lead Pastor

Youth Pastor/Elder

Worship/College Pastor

Creative Arts Pastor / Elder

Connection Pastor / Elder

Revive Group Pastor