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.
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 four adult children. 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.
Director of Administration and Communication
Jermaine started attending Cedar Ridge after he and his wife, Brandy, began listening to recorded services on our website in 2009. A student of piano from a young age, he first volunteered to join the music ministry then later took on the responsibility of helping teach and mentor our lively middle school students. From 2010 to 2018, Jermaine served in the U.S. Army as a digital media specialist, and he recently joined the Cedar Ridge staff in the summer of 2021. Jermaine supports our community by creating digital products, maintaining the church website, and using media to communicate our message of love and inclusion. He has a passion for learning new technology, playing and listening to music, and building community through art. Some say he is a “foodie,” and he has recently started to explore vegan/vegetarian cuisine.