Eric Grissino

Eric Grissino

Lead Pastor


Eric was called to serve at Ridge on September 27, 2020. He was born and raised in Georgia before receiving a Master of Divinity in Biblical Language and Pastoral Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been in the ministry since 2008. Eric and his wife Angela have two children, Micah and Piper.

David Eudy

David Eudy

Creative Pastor


David Eudy accepted his call into ministry around the age of 15 and has never looked back. Being a Pastors kid, he knew he wanted to be in ministry like his parents were. Graduating from Charleston Southern University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies, he wanted to do more in life. After entering into his Masters of Divinity program that same year, he started the Air Force Chaplain candidate program. Taking the Oath in 2018, it took him and his wife Rachel to multiple parts of the world, doing ministry in the military. After Graduating from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2021 with his MDiv, he finished the candidate program and is now an Air Force Reserves Chaplain at Joint Base Charleston. 

David has been playing music since 5 years old, traveling around the southern and eastern United States playing guitar. He has lead worship for many churches in the South, traveled in worship bands for events and conferences, opened for a number of CCM artists, and has taught multiple people how to play. 

David and his wife Rachel have been together since 2015 and married in 2018. They love going to Disney world, traveling, and food! Their son, Luke, was born in 2023 and are so happy to have him! They are so happy to be at The Ridge!

Zach Howell

Zach Howell

Student Pastor


Zach is a graduate of Charleston Southern University where he received his degree in Student Ministry. Having received his calling into ministry in 2016, he has served in roles such as church planter, missionary, and interim youth pastor. He was born in Florence, SC and attended every grade in various schools in the neighboring Darlington County of South Carolina. He married his wife Anna in October of 2022 and they have one dog named Sadie. Zach also works for Charleston Southern University in their Residence Life Department. His goal and mission of ministry is to live out the Great Commission and bring the gospel to the next generation. Zach is excited to join the moment of God here at The Ridge.

Shana Sitton

Shana Sitton

RBC & RCA Admin Assistant


She has been with Ridge Baptist Church and Ridge Christian Academy for 10 years. She and her family have been members of Ridge since 2008. She married her husband, Brent in 1993. They have two children Allie and Zack. Allie is Currently a student at Charleston Southern University, while Zack is working and taking classes at Trident

Shana is an active leader/volunteer in the Youth and Children’s Program here at Ridge as well as part of the Welcome Team.

She and her family are diehard Gamecock fans and patiently wait, every year, for football season to start.

She is also the mother of two labs, Gracie and Gilly, and a cat named Finn.

Shana’s happy place is in the sun with a good book!

Crystal Jackson

Crystal Jackson

RBC & RCA Financial Administrator


She has been with Ridge Baptist Church since March of 2015 and with Ridge Christian Academy since August of 2011. She has been married to her husband, Jamie, since June of 2008. They have three children Cammy (who has blessed them with two grandchildren), Bubba (Douglas), and Tristen who is enrolled at RCA. Crystal and her family have been attending Ridge Baptist Church since 2009. One of her favorite things to do is spend time with her family. 

Karly Huggins

Karly Huggins

Admin and Event Coordinator


Karly started working at Ridge in 2021 as an Administrative Assistant. She immediately made her mark on the team and has put her interior design background into use here. Many of the Improvements you see happening at RCA and The Ridge have been because of Karly’s input and design. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and has a degree in Interior Design.

Karly has been married to Curtis Huggins since 2011. They have 3 awesome children together.

Karly is deeply rooted in the Word and had a very hard time choosing a verse to share.  She decided on this: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3


Gentry ARD

Gentry ARD

RCA Principal


He was born in Fullerton, California on April 23, 1969. He has two brothers and one sister who are all older. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and served in the military from 1989 – 1993. He is a Gulf War Veteran who served in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. He married his wife, Brenda in 1989. They have 3 children (Jessie, Jacob, and Grayson) and 2 grandchildren (Vivian and Jaxson). He started teaching in 1998 at Oakbrook Middle School, Alice Birney Middle School, and Evangel Christian School before teaching at Ridge Christian Academy in 2003. He then became principal in May of 2006.

Gentry made local and Huntsville front page news/tv news for donating bone marrow to a 2 year old with Leukemia.

He owns a 1979 lime green Volkswagen camper bus and grew up 10 minutes away from Disneyland and Angel Stadium.

His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, but loves all of chapter 4.



RCA Assistant Principal


She has been in education since 1990, both private and public, and has been employed at Ridge since 2005. She has worked in every area of the campus including preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, and coaching. Maria is also certified in early childhood education, elementary education, and leadership. Her husband, Brandon, is retired from the U.S. Navy and is still employed at the Weapons Station on the Civil Service side. They have four children (Caleb, Chelsea, Corbin, and Collin) who have all attended Ridge. Her daughter Chelsea, helps to coach, and subs at RCA as well. Mrs. Bray also has 3 grandsons from Chelsea and Her husband Chase (Both 2013 Graduates of RCA).

Maria has been the Assistant Principal since 2013. She also teaches and coaches volleyball at RCA.



Preschool Director


Has been employed at RCA (Ridge Christian Academy) since 2005. She started working for the nursery, part-time, in April 2005. After working several years in the nursery, she became the lead teacher for 3K. Just one year later, she was promoted to Preschool Director in 2018.

She’s blessed to be married (30 years and counting) to her wonderful husband, Matt. Her son, Matthew, and his wife have blessed her with 2 grandsons. Her daughter, Jessica, graduated from RCA with Honors in 2022.  Jessica has played volleyball and other sports for RCA since she was in the 5th grade.





My name is Shawn Smith and I am married to Bobbie Smith. I have three sons and five grandchildren. I recently retired from Showa Denko Carbon and currently work for Ridge Christian Academy doing maintenance. I am also part of the school’s Athletic Department coaching the cross country and track teams. I have been a member of Ridge Baptist Church for 25 years.



IT Director


Amber has worked at Ridge since 2007, starting in Preschool and working in the elementary, then middle, and high school. Teaching students and faculty alike about computers, and lots of other random knowledge.  Sarcasm is her love language. She is an exhausted wife, mother of 4 children, and family to many, many more in heart and through Jesus. Technology is a gift she has been granted, and if you need help using it, she is located in the office Monday- Friday. 


We gather together Sunday Mornings at 10:30 AM for worship and a message from our Pastor. We also have Life Groups on Sunday Mornings at 9:15 AM for all ages. If you are a first time visitor, stop by the Welcome Desk for a gift.

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Being part of God’s Kingdom ultimately means being part of something greater – a family, a community, one body for one mission. Here are some of the many smiling faces that help make up The Ridge.

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