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 has been in full-time ministry for over ten years, serving in churches in Oklahoma and Texas. Ryan returned to Pleasant Ridge in November of 2008 as the Preaching Minister. His wife, Maggie, is an extremely valuable part of his ministry. Maggie is passionate about children's ministry. Ryan and Maggie have two children; a daughter, Maisy; and a son, Weaver. In his spare time, Ryan loves spending time with his family. His 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, Randy, in the youth group here at Pleasant Ridge. They've been married since 1982 and have four wonderful children. 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.
Brandon joined us as Youth Minister on November 5, 2018. He is a graduate of Lubbock Christian University. The DFW area is essentially home to Brandon, having grown up at Burleson Church of Christ and attended Mansfield High School. He has interned at churches and communities similar to Pleasant Ridge including Mansfield Church of Christ, Fairmont Park Church of Christ in Midland, Texas, and Childress Church of Christ in Oklahoma. Prior to coming to Pleasant Ridge, Brandon served at Sherwood Church of Christ in Odessa, Texas, where he led a vibrant youth ministry program for the 4 ½ years. Brandon and his sweet wife Brittany have a passion and love for teens, a spiritual maturity, a dedication to service through a “see a need, fill a need” attitude, and a strong desire to help set our students on a path for a lifelong relationship with God. The best part of both of their worlds is their son, Asher. We are excited to have the Owens family at Pleasant Ridge!
Dean Willis joined us as Worship Minister on August 10, 2015. Dean 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.
Kristen, his better half, also graduated from ACU with a BM in Vocal Music Education. She is a music teacher. Dean and Kristen share their home with two dogs: Liam and Nala.
Dean believes whole-heartedly that "Singing isn't for singers. Singing is for believers!"