Our Mission & Vision

The mission of The Ridge is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples, to edify believers, and to do all that is  possible to magnify the name of Jesus and to assist people to grow in their relationship with and knowledge of the Holy Spirit.
 

 

Leadership Team

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word and to be led by the Holy Spirit in all that we do.  Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

 Elders:

Pastor Stephen and Brenda Berry

As the founding pastor, Stephen has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture. In 2002, Pastor Stephen and his wife, Brenda planted THE RIDGE, (known then as The New Covenant Church).  Pastor Stephen has a Bachelor of Science and an M. Ed. degree from the University of Vermont. He received his theological training from Ashland Theological Seminary,  receiving in 1998 an M. Div. Eq. degree.  Pastor Stephen is ordained through the Northern New England District of the Assemblies of God. Pastor Stephen is also a certified Life Coach with the Assemblies of God and is also active as part of the teaching staff for the Northern New England District’s School of Mnistry (DSOM).   Prior to pastoring and church planting, Pastor Stephen was the founder and Ex. Dir. for 21 years of Family Life Services of New England (FLS).  FLS was a Christian Therapeutic Foster Care Ministry, Pastor Stephen founded in 1978.  As the Ex. Director of FLS he oversaw a staff of 21 people delivering care and services to an average of 60 children/day through the ministry of over 100 Christian foster homes trained and approved by FLS. Pastor Stephen still remains active in advocating for Vermont’s youth by serving since the year 2000 on Vermont’s Citizen’s Review Advisory Board for the Vt. Department of Children and Families.  Pastor Stephen also works part-time as bus driver and has around 70 children from K through 12 on his bus each day.

Brenda Berry works for the VT Dept. of  The Agency of Natural Resources.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Champlain College.   She along with Stephen were approved and trained church planters for the Northern New England District of the Assemblies of God and co-planted THE RIDGE with her husband in 2002.   Since that time Brenda has led the worship team, overseen the Children’s Church Ministry and served in whatever capacity she has been called to serve in.   Brenda along with her husband is also an approved life coach with the Assemblies of God. Pastor Stephen and Brenda have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

 

Steve Fernandez

Steve along with being a member of the Church Board also is an important part of the church’s worship team RIDGEFIRE playing congos and other percussion instruments. Steve is married to Diana Fernandez and they make their home in Northfield, VT. Steve works in his family’s home rental business and Diana is self employed. Steve is affectionately known as “Choo Choo” at THE RIDGE. Steve loves The Lord and people and is always ready with a timely and relevant joke or story to lift your spirits. 

 

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Kim Gifford Church Board Secretary

Kim Gifford has a Master’s degree in Religion and Creative Writing from Norwich University and a B.A. in Religion from Middlebury College. She lives in Bethel, Vt. with her family and three pugs—Alfie, Amore, and Waffles. Kim is a writer and memoir-writing instructor. At The Ridge, Kim serves on the prayer team, fills in as a Bible Study teacher, and helps wherever else she is needed. She hopes to use her graphic design and writing ability to help with The Ridge’s web site and other media materials. Kim has a heart for missions and takes an annual missions trip to Hana, Hawaii with Revival Today ministries. She is also currently taking courses through the Assembly of God’s Northern New England District School of Ministry. Kim loves Jesus and wants to share His love with all those around her. She loves being a part of THE RIDGE family and seeing God enact His plians through this vibrant church community.   We are very excited to have Kim serving The Kingdom of God  here at THE RIDGE.

 
 

Deacons:

Jeff and PattyJeff Marshall and Patty Bostock
THE RIDGE is a very special place to Jeff and Patty as are Jeff and Patty to THE RIDGE.  Not only do they serve on the deacon board at THE RIDGE, but they also exchanged wedding vows here and Pastor Stephen officiated at their ceremony.  Jeff serves the church as a member of the church worship team RIDGEFIRE in the very crucial role of sound man.  Jeff and Patty met while employed at the Vt. State Hospital in Waterbury.  Jeff is retired and keeps busy  keeping the home fires burning and caring for their most beloved pet boxer named Molly.  Patty continues her work as a per-diem nurse and serves wherever needed at a variety of hospitals.  She also serves as a vocalist on the church worship team, RIDGEFIRE and assists as teacher for children’s church. 
 
 
 
David RobinsonDavid Robinson
David (Davie) Robinson lives in Brookfield and in 2014 celebrated his 60th Wedding Anniversary to his lovely wife Jeanie.  Davie is retired and has worked in a variety of professions throughout his life, the last one being a custodian at The Randolph Elementary School in Randolph, VT.  Davie has a servant’s heart and loved his job as a custodian, especially his interactions with the students who also loved and appreciated him.   Dave and Jeanie have continued to serve at THE RIDGE as they have cleaned the church sanctuary weekly for many years.  They are regulars at the Tuesday night Bible Study called Climbing Higher and love The Lord with all their hearts.  Davie is like a treasure chest filled with stories and jokes and loves to make people laugh and smile.  Dave and his wife Jeanie are living examples of what Jesus meant when he said if you want to be great in The Kingdom of God, you must become a servant.  THE RIDGE is honored to have them serving The Kingdom of God  here at THE RIDGE.

 

Frequently Asked Questions And Responses:

Click on the link at the top of the page entitled “Questions” for some responses to FAQ!  You will enjoy this link-cause it has real people addressing real issues!  Don’t miss it!

What we believe:

Please view or download our full doctrinal statement.