Our Leadership


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Landon Pickering

Lead Pastor

Office: 817.293.4947

Landon grew up in the San Diego area and moved to DFW in 2006. In 2009, Landon felt God calling him to leave the business world and enter full-time ministry. Over the past 9 years, he has had the opportunity to lead in several high-capacity positions within the Church as well as speak at various camps and conferences throughout the country. Over the past two years, Landon has been focused on leadership consulting for churches, along with building and running a creative resource site that provides tools for churches to connect with the next generation. Landon, his wife Brittney, and daughter Jaiden are a great addition to our church family and  are passionate about loving, serving, and leading others into fulfilling life with Jesus.


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Elliott Pickering

Associate Minister

Office: 817.996.6398

Elliott is passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus and developing them to become faithful disciples and leaders. He has been working with students in Fort Worth for nearly eight years and he and his wife Janine have two kids, Brooklyn and Carter. In addition to leading our dynamic student ministry, Elliott is also an integral part of our connections team that does everything from greeting you in the parking lot to getting you plugged into a serving opportunity. 

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Jessica Lopez

Office Manager

Office: 817.293.4947

Jessica is a tremendous asset to our church and can connect you with the right leaders to help you find your home at Southwest. She and her husband Baldo have five children and are a very active part of the Southwest community.


The primary roles of our elders are to teach, guide, and shepherd those in our church. Each of them bring their own unique set of talents and serve together as a group prayerfully and humbly alongside many others in our church.

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Rex Dernovich

Office: 817.455.5520

Rex is on our finance team and is in charge of scheduling Education Ministry on Sunday mornings as well as a Bible class teacher. His wife Shirley can usually be found at the Welcome Desk.

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Jim Franks

Office: 817.718.1980

Jim is a member of the finance team as well as a Sunday morning teacher and is heavily involved in caring for our facilities. His wife Jane is one of the smiling faces that will greet you on Sunday morning.

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Jimmie Hackworth

Office: 817.726.8311

Jimmie leads our Small Groups Ministry and he and his wife Helen teach several family ministry focused classes offered at Southwest. Helen also leads our hospitality ministry.

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Joe Herndon

Office: 817.713.1247

Joe is on the Sunday morning teaching rotation as well being very involved with the hospitality and prayer ministries.

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Karl Rose

Office: 817.240.0729

Karl serves with our student ministry and he and his wife Shana also serve on our family ministry team. Shana also leads our creative arts ministry.

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Mike Sanchez

Office: 817.939.5198

Mike is on our Sunday morning teaching rotation and with his wife Susie helps lead our nursery and preschool areas.

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Scott Wert

Office: 817.937.5659

Scott serves on our worship ministry team and his wife Brandy serves with our students and children.