Rev. Russ Boyd
Russ Boyd began serving as our Senior Minister in May of 2017. A native of Radford, Virginia, Russ earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina as a Religion and Political Science double major in 2000. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in 2003, and was ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) after graduation. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
During his seminary years, Russ served as Youth Minister at Creekwood Christian Church in Flower Mound, Texas. After graduation and ordination, he accepted a call to serve as Associate Minister at Collierville Christian Church near Memphis, Tennessee. In 2007, Russ was called as Associate Minister for Youth at University Christian Church of Fort Worth where he served for nearly 10 years.
A graduate of Furman University’s Army ROTC program, Russ serves as a chaplain in the Army Reserve. He is currently assigned as the Command Chaplain at the 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) in Los Angeles, California.
Outside of church, Russ enjoys traveling and finding great restaurants (if you’re familiar with the Enneagram, he is a 7), dabbling in home improvement projects, and attempting DIY endeavors like smoking foods. Russ’ wife, Sarah, is also a lifelong Disciple and TCU alumna. They have four children, all of whom love being part of RCC.
Rev. Allison Lanza
Associate Minister & Director of Connect Fort Worth
Allison Lanza joined Ridglea’s staff in January of 2016 as part-time Minister of Operations and Outreach. Additionally, Allison created and developed Connect Fort Worth, a mission program that provides service learning opportunities for church groups. In June of 2017, Allison was called as a full time Associate Minister, providing leadership and oversight for mission, outreach, evangelism, education, and community engagement.
A native of Fort Worth who grew up at RCC, Allison earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in San Antonio with majors in Religion and Sociology. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee and was ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) after graduation in 2007.
After seminary, Allison served as a Pastor-in-Residence at St. Andrew Christian Church in Olathe, Kansas; Associate Minister at Hillyer Memorial Christian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Associate Chaplain at Texas Christian University. Outside of RCC, she’s active in camp & conference ministries and serves as a Bethany Fellows College Chaplains mentor.
Rev. Sarah Almanza
Interim Senior Minister
Pastor Sarah Almanza is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served a variety of ministerial positions in churches in DFW. She grew up in Cedar Hill, Tx., just south of Dallas, where her family still lives. She is a graduate of TCU where she received her B.S. in Social Work and received her Masters of Divinity from Brite Divinity School. Sarah believes that love is the foundation of all things and building healthy relationships between one another and God is holy work.
In addition to more traditional ministry, Sarah is a bartender and has worked for multiple brewery taprooms over the years. She loves learning more about craft beer and considers bartending to be an important part of her ministry. She lives in Deep Ellum with her spouse, Evan, their sweet old pup Khloe, and their foster dog Bruce.
Rev. Catherine DeMoss
Minister of Administration
Catherine DeMoss is joining us to bridge the time while Rev. Russ Boyd is deployed to help with the administrative management of the church and the programs offered here as well as assist Rev. Allison Lanza in the pastoral duties which occur during this interim time.
She joins us from Kentucky, where she has been living after graduating with her Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee with an emphasis in Community Engagement and Prison and Carceral Studies in December 2018. Catherine was then ordained at First Christian Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky March of 2019.
From Alex: I grew up in Cedar Hill, Texas where I was the fourth of seven children. I received my bachelors degree in Music Education from Texas Christian University in 2009, and my MM in Choral Conducting from TCU in 2011. At TCU, I served as the Drum Major of the Horned Frog Marching Band, an Associate Justice in Student Government, and as the Conducting Graduate Assistant of the TCU Choral Department. I currently teach choir in a local school district in the Fort Worth Area. I came to Ridglea Christian Church as a stereotypical poor music student simply looking for work. I have truly been blessed to be included into such a wonderful and inclusive congregation.
Sarah grew up in Fort Worth attending University Christian Church, and made her way to Ridglea as organist in October 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Trinity University in San Antonio in 2013, and her Master of Music in Musical Instrument Research from the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2015.
Madi is a graduate of West Texas A&M and Vernon Community College with a degree in early childhood education. She has served in children’s and youth ministry at First Christian Church Wichita Falls and First Christian Church Amarillo.
Michelle Carter & Deyanira Carbajal
From Michelle – Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, I attended Ridglea as a girl when my Grandmother (Marie Sharp) worked in the nursery. I have grown up around many children and love to spend time laughing, playing and learning with little ones. I have been the Nursery Attendant for RCC for 14 years and have enjoyed watching the little ones grow in the church.
From Deya – Deya's bio coming soon.
Nate found a special place one day where he could volunteer for a couple of days every week – just helping out with odd jobs and small tasks around the church. A couple of days turned into a couple more and now Nate is the glue that holds this place together! We like to call him “Nate the Great!” He is a special man with the biggest heart, kindest spirit, and most compassionate soul. He truly epitomizes what it looks like to love unconditionally.