The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest! CCSW is 391 congregations across all of New Mexico, Texas, the panhandle of Oklahoma and one congregation in Liberal, Kansas, seeking to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the incredible mission fields where God has placed us. We are part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), an American-born mainline church organization that places its core value in belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We live that out by celebrating together regularly around the Lord's Table to share bread and cup - welcoming all to share with us


Rev. Dr. Zena McAdams
Interim Regional Minister & President for the Christian Church in the Southwest

Rev. Dr. Zena McAdams has served as an ordained minister within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for over 35 years. Throughout her ministry, Zena has served local congregations in the Southwest Region and Oklahoma Region, providing excellent pastoral leadership and care. In addition to serving in local congregations, Zena has served the area and regional church through volunteer and vocational positions. Twice, Zena has served as a Transitional Regional Minister. As the Transitional Regional Minister for the Christian Church (DOC) in Louisiana, Zena helped the region discern their future as they made the transition to form the Great River Region. While serving as the Transitional Regional Minister for the Christian Church (DOC) in Georgia, Zena’s pastoral and administrative gifts for ministry allowed her to resolve issues related to personnel, finance, and vision within the region. Since returning to the Trinity-Brazos Area, where her family lives, Zena has  served as a liaison between ordinands and the Regional Committee on Ministry. 

Zena’s history in congregational ministry, experience in regional ministry, and current involvement within the Southwest Region make her uniquely and expertly qualified for the position of Interim Regional Minister. Zena believes that the work of regional ministry requires a ministry of presence that becomes more possible through use of technology and good communication. Her administrative skills will help with organizational needs within the regional office as we prepare to welcome the new Regional Minister. Her familiarity with the Southwest Region will provide continuity while also allowing Zena to view the priorities of the Region with a discerning eye. 

Rev. Dr. Zena McAdams has been called to serve as the Interim Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest. The search process began in late January 2017 when the Interim Regional Search Committee formed. The search process concluded on February 20, 2017, when the Regional Council voted to accept the recommendation of the Interim Regional Search Committee to call Zena as the Interim Regional Minister. Zena's first day in the office was March 1.

Support the Christian Church in the Southwest Region

The Christian Church in the Southwest supports the work of over 380 congregations and more than 920 ministers. Your contribution goes directly to support the ministry Disciples share from the Red River to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and from Albuquerque to the Piney Woods of East Texas. The Southwest Region appreciates the financial support of congregations and individuals. Donate online, or mail check to CCSW, PO Box 1689, Fort Worth TX 76101-1689.

We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.
As part of the one Body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.

– Disciples Identity Statement

Though Christmas is a memory now, this short video explains what is going on in the Region and how your financial support all year makes a difference.

We give thanks to those who provide leadership to the Southwest Region!

This list includes the newly elected officers of the Region as of October and the recently elected leaders of the Disciples Men, Disciples Women's Ministries and Regional Youth Ministry Council as of this summer and Area Moderators, many of whom were elected in the spring. 

of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest

Officers (voting) and Executive Committee:

Coretha Loughridge (Clergy), Interim Regional Minister and President

Jeff Billings (First CC, Tyler TX, Laity), Moderator

Whitney Waller-Cole (Creekwood CC, Flower Mound TX, Clergy), Moderator Elect

Brian Gibson (University CC, Fort Worth TX, Laity), Treasurer

Megan Peglar (Ridglea CC, Fort Worth TX, Clergy), Secretary

 Members Elected/Appointed from Areas (voting)                                                                                            

Michael Passmore (Central CC, San Antonio TX, Clergy), Bluebonnet Area Moderator

Mike Hunter (First CC, Midland TX, Clergy), Central Area Moderator                                                       

Andy Brink (First CC, Pasadena TX, Laity), Coastal Plains Area Moderator

Dick Snyder (First CC, Amarillo TX, Laity), Hi-Plains Area Moderator                                                      

 (Vacant position), Lower Rio Grande Valley District Representative                                                      

Mark Phillips (Creekwood CC, Flower Mound TX, Laity), North Texas Area Moderator

John Cunningham (Central CC, Texarkana TX, Laity), Northeast Area Moderator

Bob Aubrey (Monte Vista CC, Albuquerque NM, Clergy), Tres Rios Area Representative

Kyle Dennis (WestWind CC, Keller TX, Clergy), Trinity-Brazos Area Moderator                                  

 Representatives from Constituency Groups (voting)                                                                                      

Nelson Torres (Central CC, San Antonio TX, Clergy), Disciples Men                                                                   

Tasha York (Round Rock CC, Round Rock TX, Laity), Disciples Women's Ministries                            

Heather Reed (First CC, Amarillo TX, Clergy), Regional Youth Ministry Council                                   

Will Moore (Garden Grove CC, Houston TX, Clergy), Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship

Serbando Peralez (IC Emmanuel, San Benito TX, clergy), Southwest Hispnic Convention              

 Chair of Standing Committee (voting)                                                                                                                       

Dottie Cook (South Hills CC, Fort Worth TX, Clergy), Regional Committee on the Ministry             

 Member of General Board Elected by Regional Assembly (voting):                                                       

      Rev. Dr. Judith Allen Dalton (First CC, Pasadena TX, Clergy)

 Representative of the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ (voting):     

(Vacant position)

 Other Members of Regional Staff, ex-officio (without vote)

Nathan Higginbotham (Cypress Creek CC, Spring TX, Laity), CCSW Disciples Men Director          

(Vacant position), Bluebonnet Area Minister/Lower Rio Grand Valley District Minister                

Peggy Edge (Clergy), Coastal Plains Area Minister                                                                                              

Charlotte Hoppe (Clergy), Mission West (Central, Hi-Plains and Tres Rios Areas) Lead Minister               

Rev. Dr. Larry Ross (Clergy), North Texas Area Minister                                                                                

Christy Drechsel (Clergy)/Alicia Harker (Clergy), Trinity-Brazos Area Ministers                          

Representatives from Member Institutions (without vote)                                                                         

Texas Christian University, Rev. Angela Kaufman (TCU, Fort Worth TX, Clergy)

Brite Divinity School, D. Newell Williams (University CC, Fort Worth TX, Clergy)                             

Jarvis Christian College, Cherisna Jean-Marie (Jarvis Christian Church, Hawkins TX, Clergy)

Fowler Communities, Sabrina R. Porter (Juliette Fowler Communities, Dallas TX, President/CEO)          

Inman Christian Center, Linda Garcia (Hill Country CC, Spring Branch TX, Laity)                                                                                           

Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries, Hector Velazquez (Iglesia Cristiana El Redentor, Houston TX, Clergy) or F. Feliberto Pereira (Iglesia Cristiana Ebenezer, Los Fresnos TX, Clergy)

Mission West, Sterling Lentz (First CC, Brownwood TX, Clergy)

Contact information for the members of the Regional Council is available upon request by contacting the Regional office. 


Looking for information you need? Check out the Information and Links page - if you can't find what you need, email ccsw@ccsw.org or call 817-926-4687! 


Financial Literacy, hosted at University Christian Church, Fort Worth, Texas - October 22, 2016


A call for disciples in this time of violence

Posted on July 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm by Sharon Watkins


Please continue in prayer for all the tragedies occurring around our country. After having a meaningful conversation with our sisters and brothers at the Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship Annual Assembly in Arlington, Texas, about the need for honest dialogue about race, I heard the heartbreaking news of the shootings in Dallas tonight. Larry Ross, North Texas Area Minister, and I will be with TCMF in the morning to share our grief and to simply have conversation. Prayers especially for our sisters and brothers, including youth and children, that are meeting here in the Metroplex, and for helpful, healing conversation and hopefully steps we can take together into the future as one church. Peace.

- Coretha Loughridge, Interim Regional Minister & President
of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest


CCSW Annual Fund: become a donor to the CCSW Annual Fund. Your contribution goes directly to support the ministry Disciples share from the Red River to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and from Albuquerque to the Piney Woods of East Texas. 


Christian Church in the Southwest: in worship, in work, in fellowship, in joy...God calls us to the future!


Special Offerings for 2016: link

Week of Compassion Special Offering
February 21 to 28

Easter Special Offering for Disciples Mission Fund
March 20 to 27  

Pentecost Special Offering for New Church Ministries
May 8 to 15

Reconciliation Special Offering
September 25 to October 2

Thanksgiving Special Offering for Higher Education
November 13 to 20

Christmas Special Offering for the Region
December 18 to 25

Links to additional materials will be posted when resources become available. Check this page for updates.


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