Staff List

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 Furman University in Greenville, SC.  I moved to Atlanta, GA and coached the Georgia Tech cheerleaders, mascots, and spirit club for a couple of years. I then returned to Knoxville, met my wife Anita, and received a Master of Science in Communications from the University of Tennessee.  Finally, I quit running from my call to ministry and moved to Ft. Worth, TX and earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the 20+ years since, I have served in youth ministry, young adult ministry, and as a senior pastor in churches in Columbus, GA; Austin, TX; and Nashville, TN.

I grew up in a Christian home, but one Sunday evening when I was 10 years old I realized I needed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.   I  was baptized and joined the church and began following Jesus. The rest has been a wonderful journey of growth with failures and victories along the way. My life has been full of God’s grace to save me and keep on saving me. I am grateful! I love to be a part of God’s plan to reach people with the Gospel and disciple believers with the Truth of God’s Word. 

I like all kinds of water activities, bicycling, barbeque arts and occasionally writing for a local magazine,. Anita and I have four adult children: Price and Mary Allyson, and Virginia and Annabelle.  The books I’m reading are: The Bible, Rare Leadership by Marcus Warner, Start with Why by Simon Sinek and 4 Chair Discipling by Dann L Sapder. I enjoy a wide variety of music including Christian, 80’s,  classic rock, and some classical.

I would love to hear your story. Let’s get together for a cup of coffee or tea.