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. 

Admin. & mission minister

dave iannacone

diannacone@ridgecrest.org


Known to some as “Papa Dave” because of his ability to cook up a mean lasagna, Dave was born and raised in Miami, FL where he also received a Bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University. After working for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, now Boeing, Dave felt called to the ministry and moved to Kansas City to earn a Masters of Religious Education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Since then Dave has served on staff at churches in Kansas City and St. Louis before coming to Ridgecrest in 1997. Dave and his wife Penny live in St. Charles, MO. They have two children and six grandchildren. 

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. 

kids minister

kindra york

kindra@ridgecrest.org


Kindra has filled her life with the care of children and their families. Before coming to the Ridgecrest staff as the Minister to Children in 2013, she served us as a volunteer leader in Children's Ministry since 2005, and has been a pediatric nurse since 2001. She graduated with her BSN from the University of Missouri St. Louis, and completed her Masters degree in Children's and Family Ministry through Bethel Seminary. She's passionate about children and families, and feels privileged to know, love, and teach each of them. On a personal note, she has a deep love for the people of Africa, missions, and is a passionate advocate for adoption. Kindra lives in Lake St. Louis, MO, with her husband Brandon and their daughter Ruby, where you can find them on the lake with family and friends anytime the temperature is between 60 and 100 degrees!


  • 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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Ministry EMPLOYMENT Opportunity

We are currently looking for a Connections and Administration Minister to oversee the connection and spiritual growth of Ridgecrest Baptist Church under the direction and leadership of our Lead Pastor. The Connections and Administration Minister will facilitate relational connection and spiritual growth of adults through guest services, groups, volunteer teams, and assimilation of new members.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please click here for more information.