Leadership

Doug Plumlee

Senior Pastor

I have been serving as Senior Pastor at Ridgedale since June of 2013.  Prior to serving at Ridgedale, I also served churches in Kentucky and middle Tennessee.  My goal is to help people “encounter Christ, equip disciples, and engage the nations.” After being born in Oneida, TN, my family moved… View Staff member

Michael Johnson

Minster of Music and Worship

Ridgedale has been my church family since 2005.  As the Minister of Music/Music and Worship Pastor, I have the privilege and opportunity to be part of the lives of people from preschoolers to senior adults who use their voices and play instruments to worship and make music for our great… View Staff member

Bill McGinnis

Minister of Education and Families

I was welcomed to Ridgedale in 2006 as associate pastor and minister of education and families. I was raised in Knoxville, TN and called into ministry in high school, but didn’t embrace that call immediately. I graduated from the Webb School of Knoxville and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from… View Staff member

Brian Trapp

Minister of Preschool and Children

I received salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ at the age of ten and was baptized shortly after. I made my call to full-time ministry public on December 13, 2003.  I started my theological and pastoral training shortly after attending The Southern Baptist Seminary (MDiv) and Southeastern… View Staff member

Ryan McBride

Minister of Students

Jesus is primary for me. After Him is my wife and family. I can’t do ministry without their support. I am grateful to God for my wife Emily as we co-labor in the Gospel together. I love being a husband, father, and pastor. In that order. I have been at… View Staff member

Fred Exum

Chief Administration Officer

Mr Exum joined the church staff in April 2017, after the the sale of the Krystal Company in which he served as the President and CEO and served on the board of directors. He is a forty year veteran in the retail industry as a CEO of several companies including… View Staff member

Bill Lowery

Manager of Facilities

I began working at Ridgedale in 2000, first as the groundskeeper and currently as the head of facilities.  Before coming to Ridgedale, I was in sales in the Chattanooga area.  I was born and raised in Ringgold, Georgia, graduated from Ringgold High School and attended Dalton State College. I grew up… View Staff member

Stephanie Blaine

Director of Community Kids/Camp Ridgedale

I was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN and graduated from Boyd-Buchanan.  Growing up, I spent my summers at the lake and playing softball which I still enjoy.  I actually attend Camp Ridgedale from age 5 until … well, I am still here. In November of 2016 I was hired… View Staff member

Susan Leamon

Director of Child Development Center

I have been the Director of the CDC for over 11 years!  I am grateful for the opportunity to love kids and families. View Staff member

Viktoria Lindsay

Director of Ridgedale School of Fine Arts

I have been teaching piano and music theory for over 20 years. I moved to the United States in the late 90’s, and in 2000 began teaching at Ridgedale School of Fine Arts. I have been the director of Ridgedale School of Fine Arts since 2016. I love working with… View Staff member

Sharon McGhee

Administrative Assistant

I joined Ridgedale in 2002 and I started working as Administrative assistant in 2013. I moved to Chattanooga in 2000 from Louisiana and I have four children; Amber, Ashley, Michael, and Trent. But most importantly I have two grandchildren; Wyatt and Nathan. I enjoy spending time with my family, especially… View Staff member

Stephanie Smith

Publishing Administrator

I have 3 wonderful children, all girls. I love the woods and nature.  I enjoy studying.  I have been involved in missions and ministry along the way. Building relationships is dear to my heart and going where God leads.  I believe God is into building people and giving us life!  I currently… View Staff member

Glen Chisolm

Facilities Engineer

Glen has been at Ridgedale for 24 years!  He is also a fantastic piano player. Thankful to have Glen on the team. View Staff member

John Ryals

Facilities Engineer

John has been serving at Ridgedale for 14 years and is a great asset to the team! View Staff member