Staff List

Bill McGinnis

Minister of Education and Families

I have been associate pastor at Ridgedale since 2006 and I serve as 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.  After that, I moved to Atlanta, GA and coached the Georgia Tech cheerleaders, mascots, and spirit club.  A few years later I 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 to get a Masters 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’m a big fan of my kids in sports, music and activities; I enjoy coaching gymnastics a few hours each week at a local gym; I like all kinds of water activities, bicycling, as well as barbeque arts. Anita and I have four teenagers: Price and Mary Allyson, who are in college, and Virginia and Annabelle, who are in high school.  I’m reading The BibleDavid and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell, Not a Fanby Kyle Idleman, and Mindset by Carol Dweck. I enjoy a wide variety of music including classic rock, Christian, 80’s,  some pop, even classical.

I would love to hear your story. Email me and lets live this community thing together.



 McGinnis Family