Leadership team @ctr

our vestry

The term 'vestry' originated in colonial times. The name comes from the only place in the church building where church leaders could meet, the 'vesting room'. The role of the laity in the affairs of the Church, reflected not only the American experience, where Christians were crucial to the survival and health of the Church before Independence; it also was important theologically, since, all baptized are responsible to God for carrying out the mission of the Church and for stewardship of the resources God has given the Church for this mission.  

Today, our vestry's primary responsibilities are to take care of the temporal business of the church – parish finances and property; and to be a 'council of advice' to the Rector. Together, our vestry and our Rector form a 'Team Ministry'. In addition, our leadership is committed to prayer and Bible study before each vestry meeting and at each meeting there is a sincere desire to discern the direction of the Holy Spirit. In adherence to our Diocesan canons, our vestry is elected by the members of the parish at our annual meeting in January. They serve a three year term, and one third of the vestry is elected annually.

If you have questions for any of our vestry members, simply send the church an e-mail, call our church office at 817 386-3000 or see them on Sunday!.

our vestry by office

  • Jim McCoy, Senior Warden

    Jim began his term on the vestry in 2019 and he will serve as the Senior Warden. The Senior Warden is chosen by the rector. Together, they share the mission and vision of Christ the Redeemer and manage its operations as well. The Senior Warden also asks as an advisor to the rector.

    Jim has been a member of CTR since the very beginning in 2008. He grew up in Fort Worth and enjoys pretty much anything outdoors. He and his family have “all served in different capacities over the years and look forward to opportunities to give back as we are equipped and called.

  • Tom Purvis, Junior warden

    Tom began his term in 2019. In 2020, he was elected to serve as our Junior Warden. The Junior Warden is elected by the vestry and it is the Junior Warden's primary responsibility to maintain our church property.

    Tom and his wife, Michelle, have been attending CTR from the very beginning. He was born and raised in Fort Worth.  He and Michelle have two children (Thompson (age 30) married to Lauren and Melissa (age 28) married to Doak Raulston). Tom's interests include hunting, fishing and hiking.

  • Tony rutigliano, Secretary

    Tony began his term in 2018. In 2019, he was elected by the vestry to serve as Secretary. The Secretary, sometimes referred to as clerk in some parishes, is responsible for keeping the minutes of vestry and parish meetings.  

    Tony’s passion is in building community, which will make for a perfect place for his gift to be utilized as a member of our vestry. 

  • Laura O'Brien, Treasurer

    Laura began her term in 2019. In 2020, she was elected to serve as our Treasurer. The Treasurer maintains the financial and business records of the church; prepares the monthly financial reports for the vestry; and prepares the annual financial reports. 

    Laura and her family joined CTR in 2008. They had been ‘church shopping’ for some time and at their first service at CTR, she immediately felt a sense of peace, and comfort, “I knew we were home!

  • Stephen O'Neal, Stewardship Chair

    Stephen began his term in 2020. He will serve as our Stewardship Chair this year. The Stewardship Chair oversees and leads the annual pledge campaign that funds the parish operating budget. Plans for the campaign are well underway and will conclude on All Saints’ Day when we will have our in-gathering.

    Stephen and his family have been members of CTR since 2016. He wanted to serve on our vestry "because I want to play an active role in the continued growth of this church family.”

  • Mary Jane Edwards, Prayer Intercessor

    Mary Jane is our prayer intercessor on the vestry. Prayer is an important part of the life of the church, and is therefore an important part of the life of the vestry. She is looking forward to what the Lord is going to do at CTR and through our members as we continue to live out Acts 2:42-47. ”They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

  • gary loffland, Member at large

    Gary began his term on the vestry in 2018. He was elected in 2018 & 2019 to serve as our Junior Warden.  Today, he serves as a Member at Large, which means he serves where his gifts are needed.

    Gary has been a member of CTR since November 1, 2013. He is happy to serve on the vestry and wants to do what he can to contribute toward CTR’s continued growth, spreading God’s word via community involvement, and through its ministry.

  • Sandy Tisdale, Member at Large

    Sandy began her term in 2020. She serves as a Member at Large, which means she serves where her gifts are needed.  She has had the privilege of serving on vestries in the past and looks forward to another opportunity to serve God in this manner. Sandy has a heart for mission, and we are so fortunate to have her on our vestry and our Mission Chair.

  •     Alichia Deatherage, Member at Large

    Alichia began her term in 2020, She will serve as a Member at Large, she will serve in areas where her gifts are needed.“Being a part of CTR is like an extended family and home.  We as a family love being involved and the atmosphere of family.  Serving on vestry will give me the business side of our church and I want to be able to help and make decisions about our future.”

    Alichia and her family have been members since October 2009. She has a wonderful supportive husband, Drew, and three awesome children!