Thursday, August 25, 2016

Meet The Ridge Staff: Neil Erredge; Junkyard67 Leader

1: 67 Youth Ministry Leader
2: Favorite thing about job is being able to work with spectacular and gifted volunteers and get to spend time with wonderful middle school kids.
3: Least favorite thing is only being able to get an hour of scheduled weekly hangouts with the middle school kids
4: Truly accepted Jesus into my heart in 8th grade when i heard a message on the crucifixion and really understood the gift God was giving us. God has given me a passion for youth. And i connect with God through christian music worship time, playing basketball alone while talking with Him, and reading His word.
5: currently studying proverbs, by taking a verse a day and meditating on it throughout the day.
6: i was initially brought here by my parents when i was in 7th grade, but grew to love the youth group was hooked ever since. I moved back to Ankeny with my wife after college and immediately came back to the Ridge because of the love and passion people have for Christ and the relationships i have formed there.
7: Favorite memory was the Passover meal that is shared when students go through the walk. Having gone through jt as a sponsor and as a walk student it is always a great experience.
8: I am married to my beautiful wife Sarah, and have been married for 2 years now. We just were blessed with an amazing daughter, Addison Rebel Erredge, who was born 06/10/2016. My parents, Dave and Tara Erredge, also live close by and I have two great supportive brothers, Steven and Paul Erredge. 
9: Favorite Verse: 1 Peter 3: 8-9
10: Favorite Quote: "Legend.... Wait for it... Dary!!!"
-Barney Stinson
11: Perfect day is spending time with family and friends being able to relax without a schedule for the day.

12: My friends would describe me as gun, loving, and a person who is willing to be there for you whether rain or shine.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Meet The Ridge Staff: Mary Kohlsdorf; Director of Spiritual Formation

1.            What is your job at The Ridge?  Director of Spiritual Formation

2.            Favorite thing about your job?  Seeing lives transformed, renewed, enriched as they study the Word of God in community.  We are blessed by so many amazing teachers here at The Ridge! 

3.            Tell us about your relationship with God.  I have “known” about God my entire life!  I was fortunate enough to have been raised in a family that went to church!  However, I didn’t experience a personal encounter with God until my early 30’s on a mission trip to NYC.  My world was turned upside down during that time.  The Word of God came alive and I realized this faith thing was 24/7, not just for Sunday mornings.  So thankful for this transformation.  Prior to this I lacked contentment in my life.  Once I found Christ, I realized I was looking for happiness in all the wrong places.

4.            What are you studying now?  I’m reading through the Bible with our awesome small group!  And, doing the Armor of God study by Priscilla Shirer.

5.            What brought you to The Ridge?  The youth program!

6.            Tell us about your family.  I have an adult son, Andrew, who is a Captain in the Army.  He and his beautiful wife Amanda live in Tacoma, WA.  My daughter Erin recently graduated from UNI and lives in Ankeny and works for Orchard Place.  She is also a Junkyard Sponsor for 8/9 and High School here at The Ridge.  And, Doug, my husband of almost 29 years!  If you know Doug, you know it has been an adventure!  Doug does physical security “stuff” for Catholic Health Initiatives. 

7.            Favorite Bible Verse 1 John 4: 19

8.            Favorite Spot to connect with God.  On my comfy couch in the living room when I’m home alone.

9.            If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?  Would open a coffee shop on the north side of Ankeny and host Bible studies, Christian music….

10.          What is your favorite book?  The Bible

11.                What was your favorite activity in gym class?  NONE!


Would you rather…
1.            Read on a Kindle or paperback book?    Paperback book
2.            Go to the theater or a movie?  movie
3.            Hike or bike?   hike
4.            Wear jeans or chinos?  jeans
5.            Crash with friends or stay in a hotel?  Stay in a hotel
6.            Visit Europe or Mexico?  Europe
7.            Travel by plane, train, or automobile?  auto

8.            Enjoy a houseboat or speed boat?   Speed boat

Monday, August 1, 2016

Meet The Ridge Staff: Emily Moen; 4-year-old Preschool @ The Ridge teacher

1.    What is your job at The Ridge? 4-year-old preschool teacher

2.    Favorite thing about your job? getting to watch the kids grow everyday

3.    Least favorite thing about your job? writing progress reports

4.    What brought you to The Ridge?  My dad is a pastor and had a meeting with Mike.  He told me that we should try it out.  That was almost 12 years ago.

5.    Tell us about your family.  My husband Martin and I have been married almost 13 years.   We have 2 daughters.  Madelyn is 11 and Allison is 8.

6.    Favorite Bible Verse  1 Corinthians 16:14

7.  Favorite Spot to connect with God - on my long walks outside

8.Who is your favorite author?  Well, since my sister's first book is coming out soon, I better say her;), so Rena Olsen

9.      What was your favorite activity in gym class? I loved badminton!

10. What does your perfect day look like? a whole day just being able to hang out with my husband and girls with no other responsibilities

Would you rather…
1.      Read on a Kindle or paperback book? paperback
2.    Go to a play or musical? play
3.    Go to the theater or a movie? movie
4.    Hike or bike? hike
5.     Wear jeans or chinos? jeans
6.    Crash with friends or stay in a hotel? hotel
7.     Visit Europe or Mexico? Europe
8.    Travel by plane, train, or automobile? automobile
9.    Enjoy a houseboat or speed boat? houseboat

10. Go climbing or zip lining? zip lining

Friday, July 22, 2016

Meet The Ridge Staff: Sue Green; Director of Midweek and Summer RidgeKids Programs

1. What is your job at The Ridge?  Director of Midweek and Summer Programs

2. Favorite thing about your job? I love Jesus and I love kids and I really love watching kids loving Jesus! :)

3. Least favorite thing about your job? Eating HOT (really, REALLY hot) Wings

4. Tell us about your relationship with God.  To know God loves me so much that he gave His son so I could have a living is just. so. BIG.  When I know He loves me that much, it’s exciting to love others.  I’m grateful – I want to keep learning and serving.

5. What are you studying now? Romans (again)

6. What brought you to The Ridge?  Christ-Life and youth programs

7. Tell us about your family.  Married to Robert for almost 30 years; 3 amazing adult children:  Alex, Madison and Mackenzie

8. Favorite Bible Verse  Right now:  Jeremiah 29:11

9. Favorite Quote  “Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.”

10. Favorite spot in your house.  Family room with Christmas tree and fireplace (I know….seasonal)

11. If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be? Own some type of small retail business

12. What is your favorite memory?  Watching my dad make homemade cinnamon rolls or toffee

13. Who is your favorite author? It’s a tie:  J Zink  and Og Mandino

14. What is your favorite book?  Besides the Bible?  The Greatest Mystery in the World

15.      What was your favorite activity in gym class? Badminton and tennis

16. What does your perfect day look like? Shorts and a sweatshirt working on a craft and baking

17.     How would your friends describe you? Good question….yikes!

Would you rather…
1. Visit Europe or Mexico? Yes!
2. Use Facebook or Twitter? Yep
3. Swim in a pool or the ocean? Then sit by the ocean!
4. Play dodgeball or kickball? Nope

Monday, July 18, 2016

Meet The Ridge Staff: Ryan DeHamer; Production Tech Director

1.      What is your job at The Ridge?  Production Tech Director

2.    Favorite thing about your job?  Getting to work with such great people

3.    Least favorite thing about your job?   Being all by myself in the Production Booth throughout the week

4.    Tell us about your relationship with God.  My relationship with God has been something that I have found to be such an amazing ride in my relatively young life. I grew up in a Christian household but it wasn’t really til college that faith and my relationship with God took the driver seat. Since then I have been through interesting jobs, relationships with friends, periodic sickness and just lots of stressful situations. And at the end and during it all God has been there, even in my lack of effort to meet him halfway God has grabbed me and picked me up when I didn’t know how to continue on. Now I am in what I would consider the beginning of the best part so far and it is all because of him.

5.     What are you studying now?   I am currently studying and reading through Craig Groeschel’s book “Fight” which has so far been a great read. This book is about being able to identify the fights you need to engage in and how to prepare to defeat the demons in your life to protect and prosper your family, marriage, and spiritual walk.

6.    What brought you to The Ridge?   My wife and I had just moved to Ankeny after being married and were looking for a new church family. We were coming from a great church family and wanted a similar feeling of closeness and community. We stopped in one morning to check out The Ridge and sat in Sunday morning service, the service seemed pretty good, but what really stuck out to us was Pastor Mike saying, “here we go through all of the bible, even if it makes me uncomfortable standing up here and talking about it” This was a statement that grabbed our attention and something we really connected with. After service had ended we both agreed that it was a good message, but there was still a part of us that was saying, we need that community, that family. And God responded immediately for separate instances of people from the church body came up to not only greet us, but invest into our life and wanted to get to know us more. This was monumental, this was God answering prayers with a loud and clear

7.    Tell us about your family.  I am the youngest of 4 kids and the tallest as well. We grew up in Des Moines, IA we lived in Urbandale for all of my life, and attended Johnston School District. We attended First Assembly on Merle Hay growing up, my parents still attend this church. My oldest sister Angela is doctor currently living in Detroit, MI. My second oldest sister Christina is living with her Husband in Albuquerque, NM with their 2 year old daughter Kora, who is a miracle and an amazing story. My brother Ricky and his wife Holly are married and live in Norwalk with a 2 year old daughter, Scarlett.

8.    Favorite Bible Verse  Ephesians 6:10-18

9.           Favorite Quote  Don’t let perfection get in the way of good work

10.     If money was no object, what would you do all day?  Create meaningful and deep stories and content, also periodically travel to do so as well.

11.  What does your perfect day look like?  Wakeup early have some starbucks go shoot/create a video or photos, lunch date with Anna, finish some editing, meet new people, workout, Dinner with friends and long talk in to the night with some hot coffee and a walk.

12.     My friends would describe me as Tall, Fun, light-hearted, sometimes off the handle and ready for anything, a good listener, and just easy to hang with.

Would you rather…
1.      Read on a Kindle or paperback book? Audible (2nd choice paper)
2.    Go to a play or musical?  play
3.    Go to the theater or a movie? movie
4.    Hike or bike?  Hike
5.   Jeans or Chinos? Chinos (if I could find a pair)
6.    Mexico or Europe? Eurpoe
7.   Plane, car or automobile? Plane