We are a community of men that seeks to pursue Jesus in our families, the workplace, and the world.
Have you ever asked yourself questions like, “What does it mean to lead my family well?” or “Is Jesus relevant to my life, family, and work?” At the Ridge, we want to tackle these questions head-on, together.
Our hope is that you would find an event, class, study, or group that fits your schedule, allows you to take the next step in your journey with God, and helps you get to know other men at the Ridge.
Save the date and invite a friend for our next Men's Warrior Night, featuring Lead Pastor Brad Thomas!
Join us for breakfast to meet other Ridge men, enjoy great food, and hear straight talk about biblical manhood.
Events, Classes + Bible Studies
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Disciplemaking groups are small (4-6 people), same-gender groups that meet weekly for 9-12 months working through a curriculum designed by the Ridge around our beliefs of who a disciple is and what a disciple does.
D-Groups were created and designed specifically to make disciples who can make disciples. By learning to study the Bible for yourself, think theologically, develop spiritual disciplines, and articulate all of that in your own words, you will gain tools to not only lead and equip others, but to more faithfully move towards Jesus for the rest of your life!
Ready to join or lead a D-group? Fill out the form for your campus and our team will be in touch soon!
Make a spiritual difference
Select your preferred campus and complete a volunteer interest form to serve with our Ridge Men team.
Ridge Men Team
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After growing up in Texas and New Jersey, Brian earned a BA from Rutgers and a THM from Dallas Theological Seminary. At exactly the same time, he met his wife, Kathy, and came to understand that life is best lived missionally for Jesus. Serving in creative and executive roles in the church for most of his career, Brian is excited to be in Austin serving Ridge Men.
He loves finding great NY-style pizza with Kathy, watching Christopher Nolan movies with his son, Pierce, and learning obscure chemistry techniques from his daughter, Ana. He likes running, hiking, reading old books, and watching Liverpool (“real” football). More than that, though, Brian loves to see the life of Jesus grow inside the hearts of men around him.
Glenn grew up on the coast of Florida and moved to Texas shortly after graduating from the University of Florida, where he "majored in Psychology and minored in celebrating National Championships." He and his wife, Katelyn, met while both were students at Dallas Theological Seminary and together have three beautiful girls. Glenn's been in pastoral ministry for over a decade and carries two master's degrees in Christian Education and Media Arts & Communications. Glenn enjoys golf and teaching his daughters to root for his Florida Gators, Atlanta Braves, and Denver Broncos. Serving our Dripping Springs Campus, he is passionate about helping our people find their place to belong and grow in their pursuit of Christ.
Jessica was raised in Bastrop, Texas, and began following Christ when she was 17. She immediately felt called to ministry and attended Dallas Christian College, where she received a B.S. in Intercultural Studies with a minor in Youth and Family Ministry. In her spare time, she loves exploring Austin, going country dancing or to concerts, and hiking on the Greenbelt.
Maida calls Austin home, though growing up she was blessed with the ability to travel often and live in a few different countries. Because of that, traveling is still one of her favorite things, and she loves other cultures and languages. Maida attended Texas A&M University, where she graduated with a degree in English. She then married a wonderful Jesus-loving Star Wars fan, who she met working as a camp counselor at Pine Cove.
She moved back to Austin and returned to the Ridge, having attended first in high school. After teaching for a while at a private school, Maida joined the Ridge team. She loves long walks, sunsets, watercolor painting, journaling, vibrant colors, chats with friends, and time with her family. Above all she loves the Lord. She has a heart for this church and is passionate about helping people know the Lord, grow in relationship with Him, and Serve Him daily.
Mark was born and raised in Lubbock. He attended Texas Tech University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Mark committed his life to Jesus at an early age and, since 1993, has served in full-time ministry in a variety of pastoral roles. He joined the staff at Austin Ridge in May of 2013 as the Southwest Campus Pastor. Mark is passionate about living on mission in the community, especially in Southwest Austin. He also loves engaging in activities as if he were still 18 years old and rarely remembers his age until his aching muscles prove him wrong. Mark and his beautiful wife Jill have four children: Mary Claire, Madeline, William, and Maisie.
Originally from St. Louis, Michael has served in ministry for the past twenty-five years in Austin, Denver, and Los Angeles. He's passionate about helping others grow in their understanding of God's love and their identity in Christ. For 10 years, Michael had a career in film and television in Los Angeles before going to grad school for Christian Counseling. He's still connected to Austin's production community and has a heart for supporting pastors and ministry leaders. Michael and his wife, Janie, have three fun and lively children, love the outdoors, a good house project, and road tripping across the US.
Phillip is a graduate of Clemson and Dallas Theological Seminary. After 14 years in ministry, he returned to school to complete a professional counseling degree at Liberty University, solidifying his life’s call to care ministry. He is excited to help the Ridge further develop a care culture centered on the hope of life transformation that only Jesus brings. Phillip married up. He and Jill have three children: Mitch, Grant, and Suzanna. They love traveling and competing at anything and are grateful to be on mission with the Austin Ridge family.
Sylvia was born and raised in Washington state and moved to Texas in 2022. She attended the University of Washington, where she met her incredible husband, Nate, and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration. Sylvia previously worked in corporate but was called to serve Jesus in her daily work life.
Being from the PNW, she loves hiking, camping, swimming, and drinking good coffee. In her free time, she's either learning about holistic health, cooking/baking a new recipe, or playing with her cat, Dixie. She looks forward to meeting new people in Texas and growing at the Ridge!