StaffThe following is a list of our staff members. Feel free to email us with questions at email@example.com or email a staff member directly.
Director of Administration & Communication
Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors with her children, along with cooking, writing, listening to music, and spending time with friends. Originally from the mid-west, she began attending Cedar Ridge in 2003, after relocating to Maryland.
Pastor for Ministry Development
Ruth joined Cedar Ridge in 2010, attracted by the honesty, warmth, and lack of “religion” of the members. She is inspired by the vision of a community following Jesus together, working as agents of love, peace and hope in the world. Ruth was born and raised in England before moving to the Caucasus, where she taught Theology and led a student ministry team. Escalation of conflict in the region led to her shifting into work with refugees. From there she moved to Africa to run refugee camps and food distribution programs, and to promote economic development among the poor. She met her husband Ben in Angola, and they have two teenaged children—Luke and Joel. After 20 years in international development, Ruth joined Cedar Ridge staff in 2016. She enjoys hiking, cooking, writing, and hanging out with her boys.
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.
Property & Facilities Manager
Mark Hartley is an invaluable part of the Cedar Ridge Community, serving as the Property and Facilities Manager. Mark leads the way in maintaining the grounds and is always on the lookout for volunteers interested in helping out on Property Workdays.
Pastor of Children & Facilities
Bryan has been attending Cedar Ridge since 2009, when he and his wife, Sue, were captivated by its accepting environment and compelling vision. They live in Rockville with their five sons where they enjoy hanging out together, walking, reading, and navigating the highs and lows of being an avid fan of Pittsburgh sports teams. After graduating from seminary, Bryan served as a pastor at two churches in Pennsylvania for a total of 12 years. A move to Maryland led to five years of work experience in the business world, until Bryan returned to full-time ministry, joining the staff of Cedar Ridge in 2010. Bryan currently serves as Pastor of Children and Facilities, overseeing facility issues, and coordinating our annual Guatemala Partnership trips. As leader of Cedar Ridge Kids, Bryan develops teaching content, supports parents, and seeks to integrate children into full participation in the life and vision of our community.
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.