Board of Trustees

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.

The Function of the Board at Cedar Ridge – Jan 2014

Board Member Desired Qualities – Jan 2014

Following is a list of our current Board members:

Melinda Anderson

Melinda Anderson

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."

Matthew Dyer

Matthew Dyer

Lead Pastor

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 still in high school. 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.

Deanna French

Deanna French

Deanna has been attending Cedar Ridge for 13 years along with her two daughters who are now both in college. Erin is at Shenandoah University and Kaylyn is at Salisbury University. Both play basketball for their respective schools. She grew up on the Peninsula in Newport News, VA and now works for the federal government. Deanna has served in our Children’s Ministry and is currently working on the Racial Reconciliation Team. What she especially loves about our community is the atmosphere - there is no pressure to be anyone but yourself and you can focus on your journey with God.

Charles Guedenet

Charles Guedenet

Charles Guedenet has been coming to Cedar Ridge since 2007. He is married to Hannah and has a two year old daughter, Charlotte. His family of origin are French and he has served overseas in the Peace Corps and other NGOs. Charles currently works as a Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor for an international non-profit called IREX. He led the Cedar Ridge Global Engagement team in 2011 and 2012.

Steve Mather

Steve Mather

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 Pasternak

Alison Pasternak

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.

Ugo Samuels

Ugo Samuels

Ugo has been part of Cedar Ridge along with her husband and three sons since 2003. Born and raised in Nigeria she moved to the United States 20 years ago. She works as a Database Administrator for AT&T with data centers in the U.S around the world. Ugo has served previously in our Children’s Ministry and is passionate about Cedar Ridge’s vision. What she especially loves about our community is our commitment to follow and live out the teachings of Jesus while also being a place where you can come as you are without pressure.

Jeff Thomas

Jeff Thomas

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.

Dan Wendt

Dan Wendt

Dan, originally from Michigan, is married to Julie, and they have three kids - Emma, Xavier and Ayla.  Dan is a lawyer at Miller & Chevalier, a Washington DC law firm, and he specializes in international trade and anti-corruption work. The family has lived in Kensington for 11 years and have been attending Cedar Ridge for 5 years.  Dan was initially impressed by the Children's Ministry and the very thoughtful services and finds the character and compassion of the church's members to be inspiring.