Thursday, September 22, 2016

Meet The Ridge Staff: Angela Derby; Global Cafe Leader

Tell us about yourself.

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Craig for 11 years. We have a 5 year old son, Hunter, who is in kindergarten. I was born and raised in Ankeny, so other than my collage years and a few years after that, I have lived here my whole life—it is exciting to raise my son in the same community I grew up in.

What's your role at The Ridge?
I am the leader of the Global Cafe. It is very exciting to serve our Ridge members their morning beverages on Sundays…and to know that the whole purpose of the cafe is to raise money to use for mission. It is very rewarding indeed.

What brought you to The Ridge? 
Craig and I were members of another church and were invited to attend a service at the Ridge in 2009, we absolutely loved it! I was drawn in that day by the unbelievable music by the worship team, Pastor Mike’s sermon and how welcoming all the members were. We have been attending ever since!

If you could do anything what would you do?
I would travel the world. I have been blessed to be able to travel a lot with my family - it is amazing to me to experience other cultures.

What was your favorite thing to do in PE?

I loved PE! I love all things sports related, but my favorite thing was playing basketball.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Meet the Ridge Staff: Joni Pine - Director of Connection

1. What is your job at The Ridge?
Director of Connection – I oversee our Ridge Welcome Team and work closely with new families and individuals at the church to help them get plugged in to the life of the church.
2. Favorite thing about your job?
Connecting with people and seeing them connect with others. I love people!
3. Least favorite thing about your job?
Desk work…it needs to get done but I never mind an interruption which is why they put me next to Marco (our printer).
4. Tell us about your relationship with God.
He’s my best friend and who I start and end my day with. I talk to him all the time and I love it when He talks to me (when I’m listening). My spiritual pathway is worship and it is the quickest way to center me and change my day!
5. What are you studying now?
The Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5) I’m in a Beth Moore Living Beyond Yourself study with my Women’s Group and it is amazing…I love digging in the Word!
6. What brought you to The Ridge?
Personal invitation by our college friends Mindy and Graham Schardt.
7. Favorite Ridge memory.
10 Year Anniversary Cardboard Testimonies
8. Tell us about your family.
My husband Derek and I celebrated our 15 year wedding anniversary in June. We are Junior High Sweethearts, however, so we’ve been a couple well over half of our lives (there are amusing photos to prove it). Derek serves our church as a drummer and designer. Miya is 12 and in 6th grade. She is amazing gifts in compassion and serves on the Sparks Team in Ridge Kids. Miya sings, plays drums and is also learning the guitar. She plays volleyball as well. Isaiah is eight and just about to begin 2nd Grade at Crocker Elementary. He is full of intensity and loves all things sports. We are blessed that both of our families live close and Derek’s parents attend the Ridge as well.
9. Favorite Bible Verse
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;  in his love he will no longer rebuke you,  but will rejoice over you with singing.

Would you rather…
1. Read on a Kindle or paperback book?
Both…I like the variety…probably paperback because I like to underline
2. Go to a play or musical?
Musical…I like to sing along
3. Go to the theater or a movie?
Theater to dress-up…Movie to get popcorn
4. Hike or bike?
5. Wear jeans or chinos?
6. Crash with friends or stay in a hotel?
Friends at a hotel with a spa
7. Visit Europe or Mexico?
8. Travel by plane, train, or automobile?
9. Enjoy a houseboat or speed boat?
10. Go climbing or zip lining?
Zip lining

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Meet The Ridge Staff: Brandy Young, Director of Support & Small Group Ministries

1.      What is your job at The Ridge?
Director of Support and Small Group Ministries
2.    Favorite thing about your job?
I’m new to my job, but I love challenging and encouraging people in their faith – being able to meet people where they are through support groups and doing life together through small groups.
3.    Tell us about your relationship with God.
I met Jesus in my twenties and He completely flipped the script of my life.  I was one of those stubborn ones who had to be humbled by life and brought to my knees before I figured out what I was meant to do there – pray and surrender – and a radical transformation followed.  While He completely captured my heart, I’ve learned that my relationship with the Lord requires daily tending to fully live out His ways.  He is my ultimate purpose and greatest adventure.
4.    What brought you to The Ridge?
I moved to Ankeny a couple years ago when I got married and my husband was already attending The Ridge.  I didn’t feel connected right away, but I started volunteering with the Junkyard and was won over by the love and community of the sponsors and youth.  So I guess you could say that my husband introduced me and the Junkyard kept me!
5.     Favorite Ridge memory.
I’m not sure if it is my favorite but perhaps the most memorable – getting applesauce dumped on my head during a Junkyard event.  You’d be surprised how difficult it is to wash applesauce from your hair!
6.    Tell us about your family.
I’m married to the man I affectionately call #handyhubs (despite his pleas for me to stop).  We met while both working at John Deere and transitioned from co-workers to friends to husband and wife.  I acquired 3 teenage step kids in the deal: Brea is a sophomore at the University of Iowa and the twins, Lane and Karrena, are juniors at Ankeny Centennial.  Despite how scary it sounds to become a step-mom of 3 teenagers…they’re awesome and I wouldn’t trade them…(on most days)…
7.     Favorite Bible Verse
I’m always taken by God’s sovereignty and have found much comfort in Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will  make your paths straight.
8.    Favorite Quote
A Franciscan Benediction:  “May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.  May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.  May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain in to joy.  And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.”
9.    Favorite Spot to connect with God
In nature, by a body or source of water.
10.           Favorite spot in your house.
My prayer closet!  #handyhubs converted our basement storm shelter room into a prayer room.  Cozy, serene, I love it!
11.   What is your favorite book?
It is hard to pick just one but Love Does by Bob Goff brought so much joy to my life!
Would you rather…
1.      Read on a Kindle or paperback book? Paperback
2.    Hike or bike?  Both (off-road biking)
3.    Crash with friends or stay in a hotel?  Friends
4.    Visit Europe or Mexico?  Europe
5.     Enjoy a houseboat or speed boat?  Speed boat
6.    Go canoeing or waterskiing?  Waterskiing
7.     Watch sports or play sports?  Play sports
8.    Play dodgeball or kickball?  Dodgeball
9.    Get up early or stay up late?  Get up early

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