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.
THE CHURCH ON THISTLE RIDGE in Granbury, Texas is a scripturally elder-led congregation that is undergirded by a body of deacons. In discharging their duties, both elders and deacons focus on the inspired sacred writings of the Bible in performance of their responsibilities. They provide a solid foundation of spiritual support for the senior pastor, the church staff and the entire church body.
Our Associate Pastor for Music and Worship David Humphrey is internationally acclaimed as a musician and producer/director of musical dramas in the United States, Europe, Russia, the Caribbean, South America, the Middle East and the Orient.
A native of Tyler, Texas, David earned a BA degree from Baylor University, an MRE degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate from the Institute of Worship Studies in Florida.
He is a founder and former producer/director of the epic Glen Rose, Texas-based Christian musical drama “The Promise.” In 1993 and 1994 David produced “The Promise” at the Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, and in 2004 at a soccer stadium in Seoul, South Korea where two churches there provided a 4,000 voice choir.
He has also served as Chairman of Music and Fine Arts at Palm Beach Atlantic College in Florida, and as a Music and Worship Pastor at the following churches: First Baptist, Tallahassee, Florida; First Baptist, Dallas, Texas; Lakeside Baptist, Granbury, Texas; Gateway Community, Granbury; First Baptist, Palestine, Texas; and Norwood Heights Baptist, Palestine, Texas.
He is Chairman of the Board of Promise Productions, on the Board of Trustees of Rockbridge Seminary, and founder of Achieving Hope.
Tamatha Hurst is our music evangelist. An acclaimed soloist, she spurned offers of a secular singing career to devote her life and voice to Christian service. Born in Arlington, Texas, she won her first talent contest at 5 years of age.
Tamatha attended Martin High School in Arlington and then Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, but her singing career was already in full swing by the time she was 12 years old. That is when she began singing at various country music events throughout the state of Texas. By the age of 15 she was writing music, and over the years has penned numerous songs.
In 2004 she won first place in the Colgate Country Music Showdown in Montana, and for 10 years worked as an events planner. She has had Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) chaplaincy training and also received training at Calvary International Missionary School in Jacksonville, Florida.