Our Senior Pastor C.C. Risenhoover was born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma and raised in Jasper, Texas – with stops in Oregon and Louisiana in between. He is a graduate of Baylor University, where he received B.A. and M.A. degrees, and is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author of 24 published books and more than 1,000 magazine articles. From September 2011 through February 2012 he wrote the weekly "Bible Studies for Life" series for the online edition of the Baptist Standard.
Pastor C.C. at his school in Jasper for a class reunion.
A former professional baseball player, he has been pastor of five churches and served on the staff of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) and the Southern Baptist Convention Radio and Television Commission (RTVC). He also served as director of public relations at Baylor University and as the first baseball coach at Houston Baptist College.
He served as executive director of Lifeline World Mission and on the board of the Christian Film and Television Commission. He is considered an expert on religious cults and his scripting and film work in the Middle East provided him opportunity to interview HAMAS and Hezbollah terrorist leaders.
Pastor C.C. and his lovely wife Georgia relaxing at home. Chaplain Georgia Risenhoover serves of The Church's congregational chaplain and is coordinator of Texas Baptists’ “Hands on Ministry” training program for volunteer chaplains and an associate endorser of chaplains for the denomination.
Pastor C.C. with grandaughter Blaire Elizabeth Buchanan, who graduated from the Episcopal School of Dallas in 2013. She now attends St. John's University in New York where she majors in criminal justice and dance. She is on the university's Red Storm Dance Team and dances at all the school's home basketball games in Madison Square Garden.