As members of the body of Christ known as Richfield Christian Church, we believe that we are called to share the Good News that leads people to Jesus Christ; called to provide a place of worship, spiritual support and nurture to all who come; called to support the growth and development of outreach and mission at home and abroad; and called to help train and educate those persons chosen by God to service in ministry, both lay and ordained—so help us God.
are invited and welcome to join
a family bound together in faith, hope, and love for one another and
whom we serve.
We are a non-profit corporation, a congregationally controlled religious body, chartered by the State of Texas on September 10, 1954. We are committed to the historic principles of the Disciples of Christ denomination. The purpose of this church, as revealed in the New Testament, is to win people to faith in Jesus Christ and commit them actively to the Church; to help them grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus that they may increasingly know and do His will; and to work for the unity of all Christians, engaging with them in the common task of building the Kingdom of God.
–from the Constitution of Richfield Christian Church
We are happy to have you visit our web site and will look forward to greeting you in our worship service. As a member congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) we celebrated our 60th anniversary in 2015. We are a medium-sized, but growing congregation. We have a very active Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF) group; a part-time youth director for the junior high and high school; a part-time Children’s Ministry Leader for our younger children; Sunday school classes for children, youth, and adults. We have eight functional committees that are actively involved in ministry both within and outside the walls of the church. More than a church, we consider ourselves to be a family that is bound together in faith, hope and love for one another and the Christ we serve.
A Community of people loving God and each other
Disciples of Christ
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is the first Protestant movement founded on American soil. It was born out of a backlash against rigid Presbyterian dogma and sectarianism in the 1800s. From those beginnings, the Christian Church has grown through the years to over 900,000 members, and continues to be one of the most open, informal, and diverse Protestant denominations.
The Disciples have no official church doctrine. Membership is granted after a simple statement of belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and communion is open to all. Lay persons play a large role in the daily operations of the Church. Working in partnership with ordained ministers, lay persons often preside over the Lord's supper, preach, and perform other pastoral duties.
Meet our Staff
Rev. Alec Ylitalo has served as the Senior Minister at Richfield Christian Church since September 2013. He was born in Montana but got to Texas as quickly as he could at 18 months old. After being raised like several generations before in the Disciples church in Longview, he set off for Waco and Baylor University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in University Scholars, focusing on Math, Linguistics, and Languages. Following graduation, he sought to fulfill his call to ministry by attending Brite Divinity School at TCU in Fort Worth, where he graduated in 2009 with a Masters of Divinity. He was ordained into the ministry by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest Region in March of 2010. Previously, he served as the Associate Minister at First Christian Church, San Marcos, Texas. On his off days, you can usually find him enjoying the outdoors with his dog, Selah, or hacking away on whichever golf course he can get into. He simply loves to be immersed in God’s creation! He lives and bleeds Baylor sports and the Green and Gold — SIC ‘EM BEARS! Finally, the key to happiness for him has everything to do with fresh, gooey, chocolate chip cookies.
Alec says he is happy to be on this wonderful journey of faith with Richfield, and looks forward to the adventures that will be shared as we seek the sacred in the world around us.
Connie Jefferson is the Administrative Assistant and Church Treasurer. She has served in this capacity since April 1990. She and her husband, Charles, have three grown children, Christa, Correy and Chad.
Vic Ward is our Choir Director. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Baylor University and an Associate Degree in Air Conditioning Repair from TSTC of Waco. He has previously held positions as an elementary music teacher for 14 years; positions in air conditioning repair; and positions as a cabinet-maker. He was the director of music at Lorena Baptist for two years. He curently teaches science to at-risk high-schoolers at The Opportunity Learning Center of Rio Brazos Coop. He has been married to his wife, Becky, for 24 years, and they have three children: Heather, Katie and Phillip.
Helen Bunting is our church organist. She has served in this position since January of 1984. She and her husband, Max, have three grown children, Brad, Amy, and Jim.