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 to U.S. Army Japan and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies through the U.S. Army War College.
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.
Interim Associate Minister
A native of Fort Worth, Ryan is a graduate of Chapman University (BA, Integrated Educational Studies; MA, Leadership Development) and Vanderbilt Divinity School (Master of Divinity) where he met his wife, Mollie (see below). Most recently, he served as Camp Minister & Manager for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Virginia, overseeing the programs and operations of Craig Springs Camp & Retreat Center. Ryan first connected with our church by serving on summer staff for Connect Ministries, and transitioned into a part-time interim position to oversee education, youth, and community outreach while we search for a long-term Ministry Intern.
Mollie Donihe Wilkerson
Mollie is a native of Roanoke, Virginia and a graduate of Warren Wilson College (BA, Social Work) and Vanderbilt Divinity School (Master of Divinity). In her role as Office Administrator, she handles office management, communication, scheduling, and other weekly and monthly administrative tasks that help the church run efficiently. Mollie has discerned a call to liturgical arts ministry, and is building a home business leading workshops and creating handmade textile art.
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.
Worship Media Coordinator
Anna is currently an undergraduate at Texas Christian University where she is majoring in Computer Science and serves in leadership with Disciples On Campus. A native of Spring, Texas, she grew up in a Disciples church and knew how to livestream before it was something every church needed to learn how to do. In her role as Worship Media Coordinator, Anna ensures that media is seamlessly incorporated into our services in the sanctuary and that those worshipping online have a great experience.
Deyanira & Llarely Carbajal
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.