OBITUARY

Pastor Ricky Texada

September 18, 1963August 30, 2021

Ricky Anthony Texada, a general in God’s army, transitioned into eternity on Monday, August 30, 2021, in Grapevine Texas.

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.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.bluebonnethills.com for the Texada family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Robert (Greg) Texada Jr.
  • Rodney (Bubba) Texada Sr.
  • Ranthony (Keith) Texada Sr.
  • Reggie Texada
  • Reginald (Twain) Texada
  • Stephen Williams

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 3, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 4, 2021

Memories

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LAURA BENVENUTO

September 22, 2021

PASTOR RICKY WAS MY FIRST PASTOR, I MET HIM IN 2009. HE LATER MARRIED MY HUSBAND AND I IN HIS OFFICE IN COLLEYVILLE 2011, AND THEN HIM AND CYD WENT TO OUR WEDDING CEREMONY A COUPLE MONTHS LATER AND MARRIED US THERE. HE WAS SUCH A KIND LOVING PERSON THAT WAS LOVED BY THOUSANDS. HE WAS FRIENDS WITH MY HUSBAND FRANCESCO (CHESKOB) AND BELEIVED IN HIM AND HIS MUSIC CAREER AND WAS SOMEONE THAT WAS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY. AFTER ATTENDING PRT VIEWING/FUNERAL, HOW CAN A PERSON THIS BUSY BE VERY ONES FRIEND AND JUST SO DOWN TO EARTH. THE WAY WE FELT ABOUT PASTOR RICKY WAS THE WAY EVERYONE ELSE FELT FOR HIM, I WANNA BE MORE LIKE PRT. HE IS BEING SO MISSED , WE LOVE YOU AND THE TEXADA FAMILY.

MUCH LOVE,
THE BENVENUTO'S

Gene Moore

September 13, 2021

Pastor Ricky was hard to listen to BUT it was a GOOD hard. After listening to him it always made you question and challenge your Christianity. He was a no nonsense preacher. He was straight to the point every time. I will miss hearing his words of challenge and encouragement

Shelby McQueen

September 13, 2021

Pastor Ricky married Devin and I at Covenant Church Colleyville.
We were the first wedding to take place there. Pastor Ricky and Syd were the best. I’m still in shock! I know he is in a better place.



M Payne

September 12, 2021

Thank you Paster Ricky for your guidance and prayers over the years. The love you poured out was in abundance to all and is more than we can ever ask for. We will keep Sid, the boys and your extended family uplifted.
Your legacy shall live on. Rest in love.

Sherman Whitfield

September 11, 2021

Pastor Ricky, rest in heaven my brother thanks for encouragement
and your guidance

Your family has my condolences. Rest in power!!!!!!!

Sharmin Reese

September 9, 2021

I am still in shock about your death! You were an amazing pastor and will be greatly missed. I enjoyed listening to your messages. I will live intentionally to join a small group and serve in the church. May God truly bless your family during this difficult time.

Tavare Hutchins

September 7, 2021

I remember having breakfast with pastor and he asked me to order first! So I ordered some cheese grits and cheese eggs… bacon and sausage.. he looks at me with a strange look and said where are you from again? I said I’m a Georgia boy- country boy at that and he smiled so hard… he told the waiter he would have the same thing just add a biscuit and some jelly to his and he said man I grew up eating like that.
We laughed so hard about that.
As I write this note in tears I truly am going to miss my brother, my friend and my pastor. You did the job God placed you here to do my friend..

Love you always

Connie Peterson

September 7, 2021

I remembered that I needed someone to talk to so I made an appointment the next day I talked to paster Ricky, he was so interested to hear what I had to say, and I saw a Godly man with tears falling down his face, and then he said, I am sorry for what you went through, but God was with you, you are a surviver. He then prayed over me. I thought finally God helped me to have a new friend, and I thanked him. Paster Ricky is a true man of God, I won't forget you Paster Ricky !

Venita & Sons

September 6, 2021

Encouragement. The Shekinah glory. The Shekinah glory is the Hebrew name given to the presence of God dwelling on the earth. The word "shekinah" does not actually appear in the Bible, but in Hebrew it can mean "he caused to dwell" and it was the term given to a divine visitation of Yahweh.
In my lifetime at Covenant Church, and even as a prior “stand alone in faith believer” but still knowing His truth, every now and then would go back to hear about the Shekinah glory at Covenant. Pastor Mike, Kathy and Ricky, and many others there, gives us a glimpse about the Shekinah glory by their teachings. But it can only be shown (revealed) when led by the Holy Spirit called by His people. It is something magnificent! Enlightening by the presence of the Lord. Covenant can bring it! I’m committed. No other church I’ve been to can draw you into the Shekinah glory for God’s appearance. And one thing I can say right now is that it is time for the Shekinah glory to appear and there is no other place I would commit my soul to then to the open portal to this glory then Covenant Church. It is a portal to the divine home God has for us as His people. Search for the portal in your church, if you don’t access it there, come to the Covenant Church, this is my belief. I’ve seen it. As I know, I’ve witnessed many things from the heavens come in warp speed while in worship has been right there at the altar or serving in any capacity right there at Covenant Church, it happens. At 61, I am committed to the journey of God’s mission to commit myself to anything and everything for the kingdom of God at the Covenant Church to raise up the many next generations. If there is anything I’ve learned, there is a covenant that God has made to the Covenant Church in Carrollton, and I will obey, and adhere to that commitment because I want to return home to where His people are, our people, that reside with Him, the Almighty. God tells us, I am the Lord God, you are my people, I am your God.

Clayton Roberts

September 6, 2021

Pastor Rickey and Pastor Cyd Texada helped me back in 2009 when I took over my Father’s church. They were so good to me offering whatever help they could. I will always be grateful for what they did and I am so sorry for his passing though we all know he has gone on to glory. Love, Clayton Roberts