People of the Ridge: Steve

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 radio so when I came here and heard the music, the hairs stood up on the back of my neck and just moved me. This is the first church I’ve attended where I don’t leave trying to guess what the pastor’s message means. Tim preaches then he tells you exactly what he means by it. You never leave guessing. I am a fourth generation dairy farmer and my job is very demanding but I still find it worth it to travel over 40 miles to church. I have attended Divorce Care at The Ridge after going through a divorce and it helped me so much that I was able to serve by teaching and facilitating. Oh, the life of a tattooed Christian dairy farmer!

Steve

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: Sara

People of the Ridge: Sara

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: 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: Justin

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 PET scan revealed stage 3 cancer.

March was the month I started chemotherapy. Pastor Tim prayed with me, friends, and family, and anointed me with oil.

In June, I finished my last chemo treatment.

Three months later, a PET scan revealed 95% of my cancer was gone. I received radiation in my neck area to target the remaining 5%.

In December, a PET scan showed no cancer!

I have to go back every three months for continued PET scans. Last week, I had another clear scan. This experience has helped me to refocus on God and rely heavily on Him.

Please continue to pray that it never comes back! I thank everyone who has prayed for me and especially my family, Tim Haring, and Jeff Amedro, for their support and prayers. I also thank Dr. Craig and Jesus!

My favorite verse to remember is…”Trust in the Lord God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8.

I believe there are some things in life we will never understand until we meet Him face to face. The only thing you can do in a situation like mine is to trust Him and lean not on your own understanding!

Justin

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: The Hernandez’s

People of the Ridge: The Hernandez’s

New to town from Colorado, we started attending Chestnut Ridge Church in August 2014. Last year, we became small group leaders. In November, our group threw us a “sprinkle” or baby shower for Clara at our home. That evening, at 38-weeks, my water broke during Bible Study! We weren’t ready! We had just moved into a new house, the crib wasn’t assembled, the clothing needed to be washed… We had thousands of things left to do. Luckily, our small group was there and jumped right in to help. Contractions started at 7:00 pm, at 8:01 we were at the hospital, and by 8:15 Clara was born. If it wasn’t for the community group it would have been a home birth. Our community group has become family for us. Chestnut Ridge Church is a great place to connect with other believers and our kids love it here, too. The Ridge is family.

Hernandez Family

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: Joe

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 cussing and I’m a contractor, that’s unheard of. At times when I get frustrated at work, I’ll stop and pray, and say, ‘You got that God?’ I know Jesus has my back. I’ve had opportunities to help with the construction in the kids area with carpentry, that’s what I do. I was baptized last November and I am currently reading a modern language Bible. I have been coming to Chestnut Ridge Church for about 18 months and this is where I belong.

Joe

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: Brad

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 two hours from Selbyville, West Virginia, to get here. I come from a home where my father was in and out of prison my whole life but it has never held me back. It has only pushed me forward. I know that God has a plan no matter what your circumstances. And I feel God’s blessings truly follow me all the days of my life. My wife and I met our best friends while attending Marriage Works. It’s funny because I remember when my wife and I would drive past Chestnut Ridge Church and say, “Look at that place, I will never go to a church like that.” Don’t be intimidated by the size. You can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Brad

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...