People of the Ridge: Jamie

People of the Ridge: Jamie

Sixteen years ago, on 9/11, I was serving on active duty in the Air Force at Dover Air Force Base. I remember it like it was yesterday. My fellow airmen and I watched the events unfold on television, as the planes hit the towers, the Pentagon, and crashed into that Pennsylvania field. My heart sank as the towers collapsed, and I realized what I was watching…thousands of innocent lives being lost. I was stationed on the largest air base in the northeast, located directly between New York and Washington, D.C. It was intense and surreal, and we couldn’t help but fear that we may be the next target. It was an eerie feeling to have our military aircraft grounded as we watched and waited for news of any other potential high-jacked planes. And being involved in the devastating aftermath of the Pentagon is something I will never be able to erase from my mind. At the time, it was hard for me to imagine how this could somehow be part of God’s plan or that it could, in some way, work for good. But as the days, weeks, and months went on, I witnessed unending acts of patriotism, compassion, kindness, caring, and love, unlike any other I’ve seen in my life. And while my personal relationship with Christ wouldn’t develop for several more years, 9/11 was one of the catalysts that ultimately led me to Him.

Jamie

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...

People of the Ridge: Tokunbo

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 started going to church with a friend and embraced Jesus for the first time around age 10 or 11, and I’ve been following the Lord ever since, bringing my faith with me wherever I go—that included Sweden and America. While I was in Sweden and I knew I was coming to the States, instead of trying to look for churches that were more international, like an African church or something, I wanted to be part of a truly local church that embodied the culture. That’s what The Ridge was for me. I saw it online and decided to check it out. Now it has become like home. I serve each week in Guest Services and in Ridge Kids and very much enjoy it. I love seeing how different people worship God.

Tokunbo

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...