NL Moore & Associates is pleased to announce the selection of Pastor Brandon Zieske as Senior Pastor at Austin Oaks Church in Austin, Texas. ( We have been working with Austin Oaks in an effective succession plan to follow the faithful ministry of 26 year pastor, Rob Harrell. With a vote of 99 percent, Brandon was enthusiastically selected as Austin Oaks next Senior Pastor.


Brandon comes to Austin Oaks from Pleasant Valley Evangelical Free Church in Winona, Minn. He began his ministry at Pleasant Valley in 2003 as the College Pastor where he developed an outreach program that equipped students for evangelism and community impact. He served as Senior Pastor in this thriving, historic congregation of more than 1,000, emphasizing intentional leadership development, and shaping a culture of collaboration and multiplication.

Brandon received his Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Leadership Transformation from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He also holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Winona State University.

Brandon and his wife Carissa have three children: Cora (8), Brayden (5) and Adalyn (1). They are excited to make Austin their home!

NL Moore & Associates is honored to have been a part of this important succession process, and we wish the Zieske family and Austin Oaks Church God’s richest blessing as they launch into ministry together!