Ministry Staff

Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman

Russ began as the Senior Minister of University Christian Church on the first Sunday in Advent in 2017. Russ’s​ ​education​ ​includes​ ​receiving​ ​his​ ​Bachelor​ ​of​ ​Arts​ ​degre​e​ ​f​rom​ ​our​ ​neighboring​ ​Texas​ ​Christian University​ ​(1990),​ ​​Master​ ​of​ ​Divinity​ ​degree​ ​from​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​Theological​ ​Seminary​ ​(1994),​ ​and Doctor​ ​of​ ​Ministry​ ​from​ ​Columbia​… Read More

Rev. Renee Hoke

Renee is a native Texan with vast experience in both the corporate world and in the church. With a degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University, she began a successful career as a television news reporter and anchor. Corporate media relations and communications came next. In the Media Department at… Read More

Rev. Shannon Moore

Ministry Leader for: Worship Ministry Congregational care Adult Ministry Welcome Ministry Shannon is a native of eastern North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Voice Pedagogy from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. After spending several years… Read More

Rev. Dr. Todd Prickett

Todd has led UCC’s comprehensive music ministry since 2016. In this role, he conducts the Chancel Choir and UCC Bell Ringers, and provides oversight for the other handbell choirs and children’s choir program. Additionally, he serves on the Boar’s Head Guild and Music Committee, and guides the Belltower Series. He… Read More

Rev. Jessica Vacketta

Ministry Leader for: Outreach Ministry A native of Danville, Illinois, Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, in 2005. Following graduation, Jessica worked at a local television affiliate in Indianapolis until she moved to Fort Worth in January 2010… Read More

Rev. Kera Watts

Ministry Leader for: Children’s Ministry UCC Weekday School As Director of Children’s Ministries, Kera asked first, second and third graders what they would like to know about her. Here are their questions…and Kera’s answers. What are you in charge of at UCC? I… Read More

Rev. Alison Fitzgerald

UCC is excited to announce that Rev. Alison Fitzgerald is joining the staff as our new Minister to Students. In that position, Alison will be the point person for our ministry to youth from sixth grade through college. While attending Brite Divinity School from 2012-2016, Alison served UCC as an Assistant Minister working with middle school and later high… Read More

Austin Schmidt

Austin has a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy from Friends University in Wichita, KS and a Masters in Divinity from Azusa Pacific Seminary in Azusa, CA. Austin brings with him some great experience working with college students… Read More

Linnea Blakemore

Linnea is from Birmingham, Alabama and is currently a student at Brite Divinity School studying for a Masters of Arts in Theology and Ministry. Linnea graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Dance Performance… Read More