our team

*Not pictured are the hundreds of church members who make excellent ministry happen each week. But, for what it's worth (and we think they're worth a lot!), this our staff ...

LEAD PASTOR

Neal vannatta

neal@ridgecrest.org


Neal was born and raised in Florida. After high school he attended the University of Central Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education. Neal met his wife, Laura, at UCF where they were married in 2004. Upon graduation, he studied at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he received a Master of Divinity with emphasis in Biblical Languages. After seminary, Neal served as a Youth Pastor at two churches in Georgia and Florida. And, in 2017, Ridgecrest called Neal to be our Lead Pastor.  Neal and Laura are blessed with 4 sons - Joshua, Gideon, Caleb, and Micah. 

Worship Minister

chris ramsey

cramsey@ridgecrest.org


Chris was born and raised in Alabama, so you can’t fault him for being such a die-hard fan of the Crimson Tide. Shortly after his high school graduation, Chris' family moved to the St. Louis area where his father served as the Minister of Music at First Baptist St. Charles. It was during this time that Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music from Missouri Baptist University. After serving one St. Louis congregation, God brought Chris to become part of the faith family at Ridgecrest where he has served since 1995. Chris has also completed his coursework for his Masters at Liberty University.

Admin. & mission minister

dave iannacone

diannacone@ridgecrest.org


Known to some as “Papa Dave” because of his ability to cook up a mean lasagna, Dave was born and raised in Miami, FL where he also received a Bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University. After working for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, now Boeing, Dave felt called to the ministry and moved to Kansas City to earn a Masters of Religious Education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Since then Dave has served on staff at churches in Kansas City and St. Louis before coming to Ridgecrest in 1997. Dave and his wife Penny live in St. Charles, MO. They have two children and six grandchildren. 

student minister

dan borth

DB@ridgecrest.org


Dan celebrates these things in life ... believing in Jesus as a kid, marrying Mandi in 2006, having 3 kids (all girls - yikes!) in 2011 & 2014, completing another round of theological studies (M.Div. Covenant Seminary) in 2014, good relationships with friends & family, all things outdoors, and baseball.

Dan has been the Student Minister since 2011. This network of students who are making faith a priority is increasing, he says, because of a growing and passionate network of adults at our church who recognize, accept and love these students. Come and join us!

kids minister

kindra york

kindra@ridgecrest.org


Kindra has filled her life with the care of children and their families. Before coming to the Ridgecrest staff as the Minister to Children in 2013, she served us as a volunteer leader in Children's Ministry since 2005, and has been a pediatric nurse since 2001. She graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis with her BSN in 2001, and completed her seminary journey through Bethel Seminary, earning her Masters degree in Children's and Family Ministry in 2012. She's passionate about children and families, and feels privileged to know, love, and teach each of them. On a personal note, she has a deep love for the people of West Africa, medical missions, and is a passionate advocate for adoption. Kindra lives in Lake St. Louis, MO, with her husband Brandon and their daughter Ruby, where you can find them on the lake with family and friends anytime the temperature is between 60 and 100 degrees!


  • admin. assistant

    jackie dalton

    jd@ridgecrest.org

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  • facilities manager

    ralph mapes

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  • admin. assistant

    pam craine

    pamcraine@ridgecrest.org

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