Staff

Kevin

 

Kevin Gillen

Lead Pastor

 

John Soper

Pastor of Leadership & Development

Dr. Kevin Gillen has been serving in Pastoral Ministry here at Ridgeway since 1998. He has also been an instructor in the Theology Program at Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary since 2006.  Kevin holds a Masters of Divinity (Theology) and a Doctor of Ministry in Global Leadership. He coaches youth sports and works with professional athletes in order to reach the community through sports. Kevin was a Lieutenant in the New Rochelle Fire Department in NY, where he served for 22 years before retiring to full-time ministry. Dr. Gillen, his wife Alyssa and their 4 children (Caleb, Cassidie, Serena, and Scarlet) are proud to call Ridgeway home! E-mail Pastor Kevin: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

John serves the needs of the family of God at Ridgeway in making disciples who share the values and priorities of Jesus. His primary responsibilities include preaching and teaching the Word of God and overseeing the development of new and existing leaders for the work of completing the Great Commission and Bringing Back the King. E-mail Pastor John: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

 

Charlie Blanck

Pastor of Family Life

 

Sam Ruiz

Music Pastor

As an Associate Pastor, Charlie serves as a spiritual leader, counselor, teacher and preacher who assists with worship services, as well as special services like weddings and funerals. He also serves in supporting healthy marriages and families and leads the Men's Fraternity group. E-mail Pastor Charlie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sam directs the music department with the aim of skillfully combining biblical truth with music and enabling an environment where all are encouraged to pursue a life of worship. Sam’s service includes choir directing, worship leading, staffing and coordinating musical events and services, musicianship training and attentively serving the musicians of Ridgeway. E-mail Pastor Sam: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

 

Davy Chu

Executive Pastor

 

Sammy Castro

Youth Pastor

Davy accepted Jesus in his heart when he was 16 years old, through a basketball ministry at a local Chinese church in Brooklyn (BCCC). Made in Taiwan, he is the only child of immigrant parents. He graduated from Brooklyn College with BA in Management and Finance, working at Goldman, Sachs, Grey Advertising and The New York Times for twenty years. Davy is the Executive Pastor, licensed with the C&MA. He holds a Masters in Biblical Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary. He’s been wonderfully blessed to be married to Stephanie for 23 years and have 3 girls: Carolyn, Caitlyn and Christina. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13 ESV. E-mail Pastor Davy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Sammy Castro is the Youth Pastor at Ridgeway. He oversees theTribe (Jr. & Sr. high youth group), and Circle of friends (3rd to 5th grade girls). His passion is to disciple young people for Jesus, and empower them to impact the world. Sammy considers himself an adventurer, as he loves to take any opportunity for new experiences. E-mail Pastor Sammy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

 

Amy Nehlsen

Children’s Pastor

 

Aaron Beattie

Young Adults Pastor

The mother of 3 young adults (Abby, Kari and Peter) and wife of Steve, Amy Nehlsen has come to Ridgeway Church with a deep passion to see boys and girls experience the love of God and gain a growing awareness of the reality of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives. Amy earned a BS in Elementary Education from Crown College and an MEd in Globalization and Educational Change from Lehigh University. Amy and Steve worked in Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire for 22 years as educators and international workers with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Amy and Steve live at Nyack College where they have been instructors since 2011. Sensing a call to serve the Lord through teaching young children, Amy began teaching at Ridgeway Nursery School and Kindergarten and is delighted to be serving now in this vital ministry to children and their families. E-mail Amy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Aaron graduated from Nyack College in December of 2015 with his Bachelors of Science in Pastoral Ministry and Music. Since then Aaron and his wife, Elizabeth celebrated their wedding in July 2016 and received their accreditation with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Aaron and Elizabeth serve at Ridgeway Church in different capacities. While you can find Aaron directing our Saturday Night young adults service from either behind a guitar, piano or even the pulpit, Elizabeth can be found smiling as she teaches in Ridgeway Kidz and welcomes you as you come check out what we are about. Both Aaron and Elizabeth are very excited for the impact that the life changing message of Jesus can and will have on all those in our community. E-mail Aaron: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     
 

Joel Afanador
Pastor of Spanish Ministries

 

Lisa Morgan

Nursery School Director

Joel Afanador serves as our Pastor of Spanish Ministry. He and his wife, Loevy, have been members here since they got married in January, 2013. Joel is currently enrolled in Crown College and will graduate in 2018 with a Bachelors degree in Christian Ministry. He plans on continuing his education at Nyack Theological Seminary and will be pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree.  In 2016, Joel received accreditation with the Christian and Missionary Alliance.  Joel works with the Spanish community by providing and overseeing a Sunday School class, sermon translation during one of our Sunday services, leading small groups, providing marriage workshops, etc. He is also working towards opening an Immigrant Advocacy Center here at Ridgeway church and will be directing a weekly Spanish service that will begin in January, 2018. Joel can also be found preaching on Saturday nights. Email Pastor Joel at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Lisa Morgan serves as Interim Director of the Ridgeway Nursery School and Kindergarten. The nursery school, serving ages 2-5, provides support for both the academic and spiritual growth of the children. Lisa is the former Supervisor of Professional Development at Southern Westchester BOCES, where her lead responsibility was Early Literacy and research-based instructional practices. Email Lisa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Us

At Ridgeway we desire to connect with you! Whether you're a long-time member or it's your first time attending we want to get to know you and make you feel welcome. Don't hesitate to reach out. We're looking forward to growing with you!

 Contact Info

E-mail: pastordavy@ridgewaychurch.com
Phone: (914) 949-3714


Address

Ridgeway Church 
465 Ridgeway, 
White Plains, NY 
10605

Worship Services

Saturday: 6pm 
Sunday: 8:15, 9:30* & 11:00* 

*Children's Programming