The Ridge Gang
Ryan first came to Pleasant Ridge as a teenager in 1991. After high school, he received a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Master of Arts in Ministry from Oklahoma Christian University. He then began his preaching career in Oklahoma. Ryan returned to Pleasant Ridge in November of 2008 as the Preaching Minister. His wife, a teacher, is an extremely valuable part of his ministry. They have two children; a daughter and a son. In his spare time, Ryan loves traveling with his family. They are on a quest to visit all 50 states together, having already made it to 46. Ryan's greatest desire in ministry is for God to speak through him. In fact, he prays for just that before every sermon he preaches.
Lou Ann Jordan
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Lou Ann joined our ministry staff as the Children's Minister in May of 2008. Prior to being our Children's Minister, she spent over ten years working as a social worker, spent over 25 years as a Bible school teacher, and volunteered in Children's Ministry for fifteen years. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.S. in Psychology and did graduate work from the University of North Texas in Development and Family Studies. Though Lou Ann has only been officially on staff since 2008, she is no stranger to Pleasant Ridge. Her family has attended Pleasant Ridge/Glen Garden her entire life. She met her husband in the youth group here at Pleasant Ridge. They've been married since 1982 and have four wonderful children, three of whom are married. They have two beautiful granddaughters and one handsome grandson. We are thrilled to have Lou Ann working with our families and our children. Her passion for the Lord, and desire to teach our younger families about the love of Christ makes her a wonderful asset to our ministry team.
Dean has been with Pleasant Ridge since 2015. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. While at ACU, he was the lead role in many operas including Amahl and the Night Visitors and Carmen. His opera path continued as he went on to perform the role of The Angel in the world premiere of A New Nation, performed the title role in The Marriage of Figaro, and was awarded 2nd place in the graduate division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. However, God had a different plan for him. Dean began studies at SMU and had the opportunity to lead worship each week in Ennis, Texas in the church at which he grew up. During his two years in that congregation, it became obvious to him that leading worship was what God had planned for him. He has been privileged to attend Keith Lancaster's Praise and Harmony workshops as well as his annual Worship Leader Institute.
His wife also graduated from ACU with a BM in Vocal Music Education. She has taught elementary school and is currently teaching junior high choir. Dean and his wife have a beautiful little girl and also share their home with two dogs: Liam and Nala.
Dean believes whole-heartedly that "Singing isn't for singers. Singing is for believers!"
Brandon and his wife have been working with the youth at Pleasant Ridge since November 2017. Their whole world is a busy little boy and a precious little girl. Brandon received his degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Lubbock Christian University. In their spare time, Brandon enjoys camping, his wife enjoys visiting family and spending time at the lake. Together, they love Texas Rangers baseball! Their children enjoy playing with the youth group and love chasing their best friend, Sophie, a 115 lb. Great Dane.