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.

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. 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 and receiving in 1998 an M. Div. Eq. degree.  Pastor Stephen is ordained through the Northern New England District of the Assemblies of God.  Prior to pastoring and church planting, Pastor Stephen was the founder and Ex. Dir. for 21 years for Family Life Services of New England, a Christian Therapeutic Foster Care Ministry.

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.   Pastor Stephen and Brenda have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.
 
 

Wendy Smith (2)Wendy Smith, Church Board Member and Treasurer

Wendy Smith serves on the church elder board and as the church treasurer and is one of our church greeters.. Wendy has no children but many nephews and a few nieces whom  she calls her own. She lives in Tunbridge and has been going to this church since 2007. Wendy works in White River Junction at Yankee Farm Credit and is attending college full time to obtain her associates degree in accounting. When asked how she feels about THE RIDGE she said, “I don’t just like the Ridge, I love the Ridge. I had been lost in my faith for many years and on that day in 2007, when I walked through the doors of this church, I felt at home. I love that we care about relationship and not religion. This is not your typical church and if you want to hear the truth about the Bible and what God wants you to know, then you are right where you need to be, when you come to THE RIDGE.   i look forward to greeting you on a Sunday morning. Please come as you are and feel the love of our Heavenly Father.”

 

Steve Fernandez, Church Board Member, Secretary and Men’s Ministry Team Leader

Steve along with being a member of the Church Board also is the Team Leader of the Men’s Ministry and 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. 

 

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. 
 
 
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Kim Gifford

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 plans through this vibrant church community.   We are very excited to have Kim serving The Kingdom of God  here at THE RIDGE.

 
 
 
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.

 

 
Wayne and Karen Warner-Close UPWayne Warner

Wayne and his wife Karen live in Randolph, VT and have two adult children, Krista and Joshua.  Wayne serves on the church deacon board in a variety of roles and is willing to serve others whenever and wherever he is needed.  Sunday mornings you could find him making coffee, plowing the parking lot, greeting people as they enter, and in his very important role on the worship team serving as part of the audio-visual support team.  Wayne and Karen are the owners of Valley Bowl in Randolph, VT and a catering business as well. Wayne has served his community as a volunteer fireman, and in other clubs and fraternal/business organizations. He is presently the President of the Randolph Rotary Club.  Wayne and Karen are also very active in the Tres Dias community in Vermont and are home providers to two wonderful women, Shari and Vicki.  Karen works alongside Wayne in their bowling alley and catering business and as a home provider.  She sings lead vocals on the church’s worship team RIDGEFIRE. Karen also leads the local Special Olympics program for the Randolph area. Along with all of these many roles and responsibilities she is also actively involved in the Assemblies of God Northern New England District School of Ministry.  THE RIDGE is very thankful for both Wayne and Karen and their example of servant/leadership that they exhibit in so many ways, both here at THE RIDGE and in the community at large.

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions And Responses:

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What we believe:

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