Board of TrusteesThe Board of Trustees is responsible for organizational governance at Cedar Ridge.
What Does the Board Do?
The Board of Trustees is responsible for organizational governance at Cedar Ridge. While the Lead Pastor and the Pastoral Team lead the church on a day to day basis, the Board is responsible for ensuring that we operate ethically and with fiscal responsibility and that we remain true to our vision and values. The Board is also responsible for holding our Lead Pastor accountable both morally and in terms of role performance. Board members serve a three-year term and each year our community elect new members.
Current Board Members
Cedar Ridge Community Church has been an integral and fulfilling part of Melinda’s life since 2005. Belonging to a church community was something Melinda felt was missing for both her and son, Colin, who was in pre-school when she began attending at the invitation of a friend. Melinda says, “We have been blessed with incredible friendships that have sustained and nurtured us. It is more than a church for us; many of you feel like family. Surgeries, birthdays, holidays, vacations. I have experienced all of these with members of CRCC. I have grown more aware of my gifts and challenges: spiritually, growing as a Christian; personally, as a single mom; and professionally, as a writer for the President of the National Education Association. I know both Colin and I are better and stronger people for being part of this loving community. My service on the Cedar Ridge Board of Trustees is just one way that I can fulfill my gratitude.”
Hubert is an elementary school teacher in Washington, DC. He has been a classroom teacher for ten years. Prior to teaching, Hubert carried out non-profit social justice work for nearly 20 years. Hubert is married with a daughter, and his family has attended Cedar Ridge for 5 years. Hubert loves the community, youth programs, and thought-provoking sermons.
Ginger’s 15 years at Cedar Ridge have helped her to lean into experiencing God’s great love, as well as expanding the ways she shares God’s love throughout the various aspects of her life. She also credits Cedar Ridge with helping to broaden her perspective in many areas, opening her eyes and heart in ways that were at times quite challenging. Ginger is a long-time small group member; she served in the nursery for many years, and now enjoys working with our preschoolers. Ginger has developed strong friendships at Cedar Ridge, and has been challenged to engage with the messages in a transformative way.
Matthew has served as Lead Pastor at Cedar Ridge since 2006. Originally from England, he trained and practiced as a medical doctor and then worked in Latin America during the '80s and '90s developing Mother and Child Health programs in poor and marginalized communities. In 1995 Matthew moved into pastoral ministry, serving as a pastor at Vineyard churches in Cincinnati, Ohio and Exeter, England before becoming part of the Cedar Ridge community. He is married to Lisa (a nurse) and they have three children at college and one graduated. Matthew loves nature; he is a keen beekeeper, enjoys rugby, football and cricket, and likes nothing more than just relaxing with his family. He is passionately committed to Cedar Ridge because of all the amazing people who have made it their home, and because of our vision to follow Jesus and be the change that can bring healing and reconciliation in our world.
Jennifer began attending Cedar Ridge in late 2012, at a time in her life when she was “shopping around” for a church community to call home. She immediately was drawn to Cedar Ridge’s open, accepting culture, relatable and thought-provoking Sunday messages, and commitment to continued growth. Over the years, Jennifer has served with the children’s ministry, Care Circle, Guatemala team, and the Economic Justice team. Jennifer is employed as a genetic counselor; her current role involves counseling patients about the implications of their genetic test results, as well as educating healthcare providers and the public about the utility of genetic testing.
Steve joined Cedar Ridge in 1994 and began serving in Children’s ministry in 1996. In 2003 he joined the staff to lead Middle School and then served as Youth Pastor until 2009. Steve has led our youth on trips to Guatemala, in service on our community farm and on numerous local service projects. He has been a key leader in our marriage ministry and also leads the Silver Spring, Four Corners discipleship group. He and his wife, Tinica, have two children, Will and Violet, and they live in Silver Spring, MD.
Alison has attended Cedar Ridge for 20 years. For most of those years, she has led a discipleship group and served in the nursery. Alison is long-time member of Cedar Ridge because she shares the church’s commitment to social justice and progressive values. Her favorite part of the vision is striving for a community that works “as agents of love, peace and hope wherever they are.” Alison has a Master of Public Policy degree and works as an economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she spends much of her time analyzing labor market data. She is married to Brian and they have two teenage daughters: Jenna and Courtney.
Gina started attending Cedar Ridge in 1998 with her husband Kevin and two sons, Christian and Spencer. Gina loves that Cedar Ridge welcomes all to share our vision of following Jesus, with a focus on social justice, service and prayer. The relational aspect of sharing our faith in discipleship groups and serving together has been an important aspect of Gina’s faith journey at Cedar Ridge. Gina has served with children’s ministry, Care Circle, the Prayer and Healing team, Guatemala Team, and Racial Reconciliation in Education team. She was born in Washington D.C., but is a fan of the Baltimore Ravens. She has a degree in Advertising Design, and enjoys reading, art, and walking on the beach with her husband.
Jeff has attended Cedar Ridge with his wife Kate since 2008 and with his daughter, Amelie, since she was born in 2012. Since the very first time Jeff attended the church, he has been impressed with Cedar Ridge’s open-minded and accepting approach to spirituality, as well as its thoughtful vision and philosophy. He has seen the Cedar Ridge community execute that vision in ways that are both audacious and pragmatic, and accomplish some amazing things. Jeff’ works as a project manager and systems analyst supporting the Department of Justice’s financial management system.
FROM I-95: Take Route 198 West to Burtonsville (I-95 exit #33B). Continue west across Route 29. Go 2 miles past Route 29. Cedar Ridge will be on your right.
FROM THE WASHINGTON BELTWAY:Take Colesville Road/Rt.29 North toward White Oak. Continue on Route 29 for about 9 miles. You will pass the White Oak Shopping Center (on the right), the Bell Atlantic complex (on the left), Fairland Road, Briggs Chaney, and Greencastle Road. (Watch signs carefully – there is presently construction on Route 29.) Watch for the signs showing an exit-only lane to the right leading you to Route 198. Take that exit, and at the light at the end of the ramp, you will take a left onto Route 198. Go 2 miles. Cedar Ridge is on the right.
If you visit with children, please stop by the Cedar Ridge Kids’ table which is located to your left as you enter the building. Most Sundays, younger children (infant through 5th grade) can attend an age-appropriate program while adults are in the service.
You can register at the table where you and your child will receive a nametag and a temporary identification number. We will notify you if you are needed during the service with a number which will appear on a monitor above the projection screens. A volunteer at the Children’s Ministry Table will let you know what need your child has. When you pick up your child after church, you may turn in your number.
Children of all ages are also always welcome in our main service. If your pre-schooler will be joining you in the service, you may borrow a ‘Big Church Bag’ with some quiet toys and activities. The bags are handed out at the Cedar Ridge Kids' table. Our service allows time for moving around, as well as being still, and sitting on the floor or stretching your legs around the room are encouraged!
We welcome your middle or high school student to visit us too! Middle and High School Groups meet in the barn which is located on the right as you approach the main building.
Middle School is comprised of 6th-8th graders and meets on the lower level of the barn. High School meets in the upper level of the barn. Both groups meet for the entire service. Students and parents can agree on where they wish to meet after the service–either in the barn or main building.