The doors are open to you at Royal Lane Baptist Church. We invite you to come share the adventure of faith with us. We see ourselves as a family. We disagree some, but we still work, worship, minister, and play together. We are a diverse people united in Christ.
We believe that a meaningful commitment to Christ is best exemplified by a genuine commitment to one another.
If you need a place where you can be yourself, ask questions, find support, and not get lost in the crowd, Royal Lane is the place for you. We could tell you more about our church, but the character of any church is best observed from up close. Come and see!
What's Happening at RLBC
Jonathan Brink, Preacher, April 19
As a recent graduate from Brite Divinity School (M.Div May ‘13), Jonathan is an active student of Social Justice and Equality. He also upholds the recent standing of the Disciples of Christ statement, “all means all.” In late May of 2015 Jonathan will begin serving Highlands Christian Church in Dallas as Senior Pastor. He returns to DFW after serving First Christian Church, Parsons, Kansas for a year as the Associate Minister.
Nathan Russell, Guest Preacher
Order of Worship, April 12, 2015
Guest preacher, Sunday, April 12 – Rev. Nathan Russell.
Rev. Nathan A. Russell graduated from Brite Divinity School and was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in May 2014. As the Admissions Associate, Rev. Russell recruits on behalf of the institution, walking alongside women and men who wish to lead in the ministry of Christ’s church, the academy, and public life as witnesses to God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice.
Prior to matriculating at Brite, Rev. Russell, a seventh-generation native Texan, earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Education (Administration) degrees at West Texas A&M University and taught choral music at the high school and collegiate levels. During his tenure at Tyler Junior College, he led the choirs in performances of major works and a concert with GRAMMY-winning artist, Cynthia Clawson. He has served churches across Texas in music and ministerial roles, including his home congregation, First Christian Church in Canyon, Texas, as interim pastor during the summer of 2011.
While a student at Brite, Rev. Russell served as a research assistant to Rev. Dr. Russell W. Dalton, Professor of Religious Education, the co-student coordinator of the Carpenter Initiative for Gender, Sexuality and Justice, and the graduate assistant/chapel choir director for the 2013-2014 academic year. Rev. Russell is a two-time recipient of the Granville and Erline Walker Preaching Award, the Barrett T. Moore Preaching Award, and three book awards from Brite faculty. He refers to his student-life at Brite as life-giving, loving, and liberating.
Rev. Russell is partnered to Dr. Chad Vickers, an advanced practice nurse. They share an active life in Fort Worth and enjoy spoiling their ferocious Labrador retriever, Sadie.
The Royal Story
Laurence and Janet Schultz
In 1979, Laurence moved to Dallas from our hometown in Michigan to attend SMU. RLBC had posted an employment ad in the Dallas Morning News for a SMU student to work at the church. Laurence applied for this position and thus our union with RLBC began. After working at RLBC for a few weeks, Lane Smith invited Laurence to attend service and then to join the church. Read More…