Ricky, born September 18, 1963, was the fourth child born to Robert and Dorothy Texada, who were faith-filled, devoted parents of eight children. He grew up in Alexandria Louisiana. At the age of six, Ricky was baptized at Second Evening Star Missionary Baptist Church. As a child, he loved to talk to God and was viewed as a strong prayer warrior, leading others in devotion and prayer. In elementary school, he worked with the United Education Missionary Association as a prayer leader.
Ricky was born with a natural gift of leadership. This gift would pave the way for great impact throughout his life. Ricky served as Sophomore Class President, the President of the Student Council, and was voted by his teammates as a football team captain at Alexandria Senior High School. There he was voted Mr. Alexandria Senior High, by his friends, administrators, and peers. During this time, he also participated as a Beau in the Mr. Beautillion Ball where he was awarded the title of Mr. Achiever. Ricky loved sports and was a fierce competitor acquiring many accolades and trophies in football and track. He was selected as Who’s Who Among American High School Students which recognizes students across the nation who have excelled in academics, extracurricular activities, and community service.
His leadership and impact were also felt at Southern University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and served in the Southern University Student Government Association as Sophomore Class President. Although Ricky grew up in church and was an avid participant in church activities, his real-life transformation came his freshman year in college when he received Christ and was filled with the Holy Spirit. He began sharing the word of God and leading bible studies on campus. Ricky always had a desire to seek and know God and was bold about inviting others to join him in this passionate pursuit.
It was also in college that Ricky met his first wife Debra Smith. They dated three years before they married and relocated to Dallas in 1985. Once they were established, Ricky opened doors of opportunity for his siblings, welcoming them into his home, helping several of them get settled in Texas. It was in Dallas that he and Debra began attending Covenant Church where his call to ministry would be confirmed. In 1989 Ricky started out as the volunteer Youth Director, passionately pouring into the lives of the next generation. Ricky and Debra were elevated to directors over Small Groups Ministry. Shortly after taking the position, they were in a tragic car accident and Debra transitioned into eternity. Ricky and Debra were married ten and a half years.
Though Ricky was heartbroken, he stood steadfast in his commitment to the ministry and his service to Covenant Church. In 1997 he was ordained by Pastors Mike and Kathy Hayes, the founding pastors of Covenant Church. Ricky was introduced to Cyd Patton, an accomplished Systems Design engineer on the F16 Fighter jet and anointed worship leader. As Ricky has said, he was “immediately smitten with his girl” and knew she was the one. They dated six months before they were married and with so many divine confirmations everyone was certain that their union was truly a match made in heaven. As the couple continued to serve Covenant Church, Ricky and Cyd started their family giving birth to two exceptional boys Seth Ryan Texada and Caleb Ryan Texada. In 2006, Ricky and Cyd were elevated to Campus Pastors in Colleyville Texas, where once again, under Ricky’s leadership the campus grew, and the presence of God impacted the city. As a citizen and spiritual leader in Colleyville, Ricky became a member of the Colleyville Citizens Police Academy graduated from Leadership Colleyville program, and served as a member of the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce and the Colleyville Ministerial Alliance. As Ricky’s influence, encouragement and faith far exceeded the four walls of the church, in 2014, he published his book My Breaking Point, God’s Turning Point. This inspiring book chronicled the details of his tragic loss of his first wife and God’s amazing ability to restore hope in the midst of sorrow and darkness. Little did he know the words that he wrote back then would be the message of faith and courage we need for our loss today.
In October of 2020, Ricky and Cyd were elevated to the position of Senior Pastors of Covenant Church, with oversight of 4 campuses around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, where for the past ten months Ricky’s genuine and dynamic leadership has reignited and energized the congregation’s faith, passion for prayer, and love for God.
Ricky will always be remembered for his fiery, uncompromising messages laced with compassion and grace; as a man who knew no strangers and was generous with his unconditional love, encouragement, and support; a man who always paid attention to the details of life and the growth of others. We will always recall his knack for hilarious, belly-grabbing storytelling, his bold attempts to lead us in oldies sing-a-longs, and his weakness for Blue Bell ice cream topped with Magic Shell!
He was a lover of his family, God’s word, and all people. He was adventurous, but also loved the solace of fishing on the bayou. And while we would all like to believe that he is resting peacefully in heaven, he is more likely seated with Christ in heavenly places warring and battling on behalf of his family, Covenant Church, and the entire body of Christ, leading the way and proclaiming, “This is our time! This is our season!”
Ricky Texada was preceded in death by his father Robert “Papa” Texada and his niece, Brooke Jeanice Texada. He leaves behind his precious wife Cyd Texada of twenty-three years; his sons Seth Ryan Texada and Caleb Ryan Texada of Colleyville, Texas; His mother, Dorothy Texada of Boyce, Louisiana; his siblings Robert Gregory Texada (Celeste) Alexandria, Louisiana, Jacqueline Texada Jackson (Joe) of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Rodney Craig Texada, Sr. (Connie) of Boyce, Louisiana, Ranthony Keith Texada, Sr. (Nerissa) of Frisco, Texas, Reggie Texada (Tia) of Frisco, Texas, Reginald Duane Texada (Natasha) of Boyce Louisiana and Tammie Texada Williams (Stephen) of League City, Texas; his mother-in-law Eula Dell of Colleyville, Texas; and a host of family and friends.
A Visitation will take place at the Covenant Church Carrollton Campus located at 2644 E Trinity Mills Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006 on Friday, September 3, 2021, from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will take place at the Covenant Church Carrollton Campus located at 2644 E Trinity Mills Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006 on Saturday, September 4, 2021, from 11:00 am- 1:00 pm.
Out of respect, and to honor the wishes of the Texada Family, The Public Services will conclude after the Celebration of Life Funeral Service at Covenant Church Carrollton Campus.
If you wish to send flowers in honor of Pastor Ricky Texada please contact Lilium Floral Design at 817-589-1566 or by visiting their website at http://www.liliumflorals.com.
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Robert (Greg) Texada Jr.
Rodney (Bubba) Texada Sr.
Ranthony (Keith) Texada Sr.
Reginald (Twain) Texada