In 2010, I graduated from college. I got a job almost immediately but was really unhappy with it and where my life was going. I attended church off and on my entire life. One Sunday, I decided to go to Chestnut Ridge. I was lonely. I needed something, I needed somewhere where I wasn’t miserable (like 90% of the rest of my life at the time).
Immediately, I was drawn in. There was no pressure and I didn’t feel like people were judgmental. I attended alone and sat as far back as I could but I kept coming. The Ridge was someplace where I wasn’t worried about bills or employment or whether I should go back to school. My stomach didn’t hurt there. I made a few friends and volunteered a little bit and something prompted me to attend a Mosaic event. I almost didn’t go. In fact, as I sat in my car in the parking lot, I almost turned the engine back on and left. However, I went in and almost immediately met a tall, handsome man named Chris. We ate cheesecake and exchanged phone numbers. We got married in October 2013 at the church and now have a six month old son. The Ridge and my faith have both brought a great sense of peace to my life.

Sara

People of the Ridge: Tokunbo

I grew up in Nigeria, and after college, I got my master’s in Sweden, and then my Ph.d. in statistics at WVU, where I’ll be a visiting assistant professor this fall. Growing up in Nigeria, my family was Muslim, but religion didn’t really play a role in our home. I...

People of the Ridge: Liz

When my husband and I received Christ as our Savior in 1987, we were in a difficult financial situation. Even though we weren't aware of it, the Holy Spirit led us to a church where tithing was preached. These are times when our eyes roll in our heads and we thought...

People of the Ridge: Steve

I was recommended The Ridge about two and half years ago by my tattoo artist, Patty. I was attending a church in Masontown where I was the young guy. I came here for the first time on a Saturday night and suddenly I'm the old guy. I love listening to K-LOVE on the...

People of the Ridge: Justin

HOPE...that is what kept me going when things looked bleak. In January 2015, I noticed my neck started to swell. I went to MedExpress and was referred to an ENT. In February, the ENT conducted a biopsy that came back diagnosing me with Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma. A...

People of the Ridge: Joe

I'm a work in progress, that's for sure but I'm a different person now. My wife always asks me where the old Joe went. I remember there would be times when I would get so mad I would burst capillaries in my face. Since I have been coming to The Ridge I find myself not...

People of the Ridge: Brad

You may remember me from my Christmas sweater. I can look unapproachable, but I have a big heart and love Jesus. God has blessed me with a beautiful wife and two awesome kids. We have been attending church at The Ridge for about five years. We drive 108 miles or about...