2021 Shepherding Candidates
Rodney & Patti Cox
Rodney and Patti have been members at Alpine for almost 40 years and Rodney has served as one of the Alpine ministers since May 1981. They have two children, Roderick of Frisco and Candice Oviedo of Longview, and 5 granddaughters (soon to be 6). Patti has been a preschool teacher at Oak Forest Montessori School for 30 years and has taught infants and toddlers at Alpine for 32 years. In addition to teaching Bible classes, their ministry involvement includes Fun Bunch Ministry, Care Ministry, and Connection Ministry.
Don & Charlotte Esch
Leadership Oversight Team (LOT); Senior Adult Ministry Shepherd
Don and Charlotte have been Alpine members over 22 years, and Don is currently serving as a Shepherd. They have 4 grown children, son Trey and daughter Rhesa of Rowlett, Texas and twin daughters Connie and Caryn in North Hills, California. They have 5 grandchildren. Don retired from AT&T after 22 years and then began a merchant services business, selling credit card machines and processing, where he now works part-time. Together, their ministries are the Praise Team, teaching adult Bible classes, Family Promise, Heartfelt, WINGS, and the Fun Bunch VIA team.
Eddie & Mary Gooch
Eddie and Mary have been members at Alpine for over 20 years. They have two married daughters, five grandchildren (with whom they love spending time), and will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on January 5th! Eddie has 23 years of full-time ministry experience having served churches in Oklahoma, Virginia, and Texas. 25 years ago, he transitioned into full time counseling as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist where he continues in private practice. Mary has worked as a Realtor for the past 30 years and currently is associated with Summers Cook & Co. She especially enjoys the relationships that she has made over the years through realty. While at Alpine, Eddie has served on the church staff as part-time Family Life Minister, been a previous Shepherd, and taught consistently in the Adult Education Program. Mary’s involvements at Alpine have included Beth Moore Bible Studies, Heartfelt (Women’s Ministry), and WINGS (Women In God’s Service). Her desire is to personally minister to women, in her own quiet way. Eddie and Mary also love being involved with Alpine’s Life Group Ministry.
Ron & Deb Green
Ron and Deb have been Alpine members for over 15 years. They have 4 grown children, Teresa Bagley and husband Randy of Elysian Fields, Betsy Collier who went to be with Jesus in 2007, Josh Green and wife Amy of Severance, CO and Chris Rigsby and wife Cindy of Hallsville. They have eight grandchildren, Ryan Collier and wife Brooke of Marshall, Haley Coleman and husband Clay of Marshall, Hope Self and husband Tyler of Hallsville, Garrett, Weston (who went to be with Jesus) and Natalie Green of Severance, Cole Buzbee and Clarabel Rigsby of Hallsville, and 3 great grandchildren, Bryson and Gracie Collier and Heidi Coleman all of Marshall. Ron retired from teaching school, working in law enforcement and doing gun repair, which he still does part-time. Ron has been involved with the Ironmen ministry and the safety team ministries. Deb has been involved in the Praise Team ministry.
Harry & Debbie Hoelzle
Leadership Oversight Team (LOT); Children & Tween Ministry Shepherd
Harry and Debbie have been members at Alpine for 40 years. Harry has served as an elder at Alpine for the past 20 years. They have 6 children. The three oldest (boys) and their families live in the Dallas area. The three youngest (girls) and their families live in Longview and the Houston area. Harry is a retired engineer from Luminant (TXU) and Debbie is a retired pre-school teacher from Alpine Christian Academy. They have served in several ministries at Alpine such as children’s, missions, life group and outreach ministries.
Keith & Neva McClurg
Leadership Oversight Team (LOT); Worship & Technology Ministry Shepherd
Keith and Neva have been Alpine members for 42 years and Keith is currently serving as a Shepherd. They have three children, Steven of Thousand Oaks Ca, Donny of Dallas Tx, and Kevin of Frisco Tx, and three grandchildren. Keith is an HR/Training Instructor in the natural gas industry for Archrock and Neva is retired from East Texas Council of Governments in accounting. Their ministry involvements include Class Teaching, Missions, Worship Ministry, Praise Team, Safety Team, Tech Team, and Life groups.
Kevin & Dee Anne McCrary
Kevin and Dee Anne have been members at Alpine for 22 years and Kevin is currently serving as a youth ministry deacon. They have one daughter and son-in law, Kristen and Alex Rollins of Austin. Kevin is a radiologist at Christus Good Shepherd. Additional ministry involvement includes worship ministry, children’s ministry, women’s ministry, and Medical Emergency Team.
Ron & Dianita McGregor
Leadership Oversight Team (LOT); Youth Ministry Shepherd
Residents of Walker’s Mill, Ron and Dianita have attended Alpine over 40 years. Ron is a retired engineer, with aerospace and oilfield backgrounds. Dianita is a retired biology teacher, but longer as a mother/grandmother. They have 3 grown children and eight grandchildren. They have been active in teaching, WINGS, Ironmen, leading Life Groups, Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Hanna House support and mission work. They enjoy working together in raising blueberries and chuckwagon cooking. Ron served as an elder at Alpine and in Carrolton for a total of 17 years.
Chris & Teri Norwood
Chris and Teri have been members at Alpine for more than 20 years. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Chris recently retired from the medical field and they own a local real estate brokerage. He has been a leader with Alpine’s Scouting program for 25+ years and together, Chris and Teri, serve as coordinators of the Life Group Ministry.
Clint & Kathy Pirtle
Leadership Oversight Team (LOT); Outreach Ministry Shepherd
Clint and Kathy have been at Alpine for 8 years where Clint has served as elder for the last 4. Married 44 years in January, they raised 4 children: Larry, deceased; Shelley, Canton TX; Stephanie, Longview; and Lena, Nashville TN. They have 12 grandchildren. Clint retried from law enforcement after 30+ years, 24 of which as a Texas State Trooper. Kathy worked 16 years for Texas Utilities and 12 years as secretary for the Canton Church of Christ. Together, they are involved in Bible teaching (youth & adult), Heartfelt (Women's Ministry), Leadership Training for Christ (LTC), Safety Team, Care Ministry, Iron Men's Ministry, and life groups.
Adrian & Dori Walton
Adrian and Dori Walton have been members at Alpine since 2004. Adrian is currently a deacon serving the Alpine Youth Ministry (AYM) and also serves on the Safety Team & Missions Ministries. Dori serves on the Heartfelt Ministry Team & WINGS (Women's Ministries). They have 3 children (Dylan, Rebekah and Rachel) and 2 grandchildren (Beatriz and Alessandra). Adrian has worked for the Texas Department of Transportation as a Transportation Engineer since 2004 and Dori has worked in the church office and ACA since 2008. Their ministry involvement in the past few years has mostly focused on serving in the youth group. They have traveled to McAllen, Camp of the Hills, Winterfest, and the North Texas Leadership Conference (LTC) with AYM. They have also filled teaching roles, cooked and served food in the loft, and helped with AYM service projects.