our team

*Not pictured are the hundreds of church members who make excellent ministry happen each week. But, for what it's worth (and we think they're worth a lot!), this our staff ...

LEAD PASTOR

Neal vannatta

neal@ridgecrest.org


Neal was born and raised in Florida. After high school he attended the University of Central Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education. Neal met his wife, Laura, at UCF where they were married in 2004. Upon graduation, he studied at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he received a Master of Divinity with emphasis in Biblical Languages. After seminary, Neal served as a Youth Pastor at two churches in Georgia and Florida. And, in 2017, Ridgecrest called Neal to be our Lead Pastor.  Neal and Laura are blessed with 4 sons - Joshua, Gideon, Caleb, and Micah. 

Worship Minister

chris ramsey

cramsey@ridgecrest.org


Chris was born and raised in Alabama, so you can’t fault him for being such a die-hard fan of the Crimson Tide. Shortly after his high school graduation, Chris' family moved to the St. Louis area where his father served as the Minister of Music at First Baptist St. Charles. It was during this time that Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music from Missouri Baptist University. After serving one St. Louis congregation, God brought Chris to become part of the faith family at Ridgecrest where he has served since 1995. Chris has also completed his Masters at Liberty University. Chris and his wife Beth have two daughters, Claire and Mya. 

Student Minister

Josh Harbison

josh@ridgecrest.org


Josh originates from the mountains of Tennessee. He and his wife Sarah were married in 2005, and shortly after Josh sensed God's call on his life to ministry. Since that time he has served in several ministry roles, most recently serving students in Ohio. In 2020, Josh joined Ridgecrest as our Minister to Students. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Religion from Liberty University and is currently finishing his Master's degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh is an avid Tennessee Volunteers fan (adding to our growing SEC staff rivalry)! If he has his way and time allows, you can also find him in a deer stand or a turkey blind. Josh and Sarah have three wonderful children- Lauren, Gabriel, and Chase. 

Connections & Administration minister

Jake Lynch

jake@ridgecrest.org


Jake grew up in a small town in Kentucky.  He is a graduate of Sullivan University (Associates of Business Admin. & Accounting), Boyce Bible College (B.S. in Christian Education) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.A.C.E.).  Jake has served at churches in Kentucky and Indiana.  In 2021, Jake was called to serve on staff at Ridgecrest as the Minister of Connections and Administration.  Jake met and married his wife Alicia in 2006, while serving at a church in Kentucky.  Jake and Alicia have two boys, Trindon and Aiden.


  • admin. assistant

    jackie dalton

    jd@ridgecrest.org

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  • Admin. Assistant

    Bookkeeper

    Laura Connelly

    laurac@ridgecrest.org

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  • facilities manager

    ralph mapes

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