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Ridge Missions

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Reaching the unreached and serving the vulnerable

We believe God's passionate pursuit of all people compels us to reach the unreached and serve the vulnerable in our city and around the world. We want to pursue people, in our communities and beyond our borders, with the love of Jesus.

The Ridge Missions team is honored to work as an extension of your generosity to our local and global missional partners.

Learn more about our strategic focus areas below and find opportunities to get involved.

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Missions Sunday

Spring 2024

Learn more about resources and opportunities to live as a full participant in God's story, representing Him in your roles and spaces in the world.

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Missions Monthly

Sign up for our monthly newsletter

Our monthly newsletter shares prayer requests and updates about how our mission partnerships are reaching the unreached and serving the vulnerable in our city and around the world.

Our Strategic Focus

Learn more about our strategic approach to reaching the unreached and serving the vulnerable in the city and around the world.

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Serving the Vulnerable in our City

Caring for vulnerable children and families

There are 1,400+ children in foster care within Travis, Williamson, and Hays counties, and the Church has a vital role to play through supporting roles and as licensed foster parents.

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Reaching the Unreached in our City

Serving refugees in Travis Heights

We are serving the Muslim refugee community through prayer walking and meeting tangible needs through teaching English and academic tutoring.

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Serving the Vulnerable around the World

Ending forced-labor slavery and OSEC

We have partnered with International Justice Mission to battle forced-labor slavery and the online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC).

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Reaching the Unreached around the World

Church planting among unreached Hindus

We have partnered with India Gospel League to plant churches and provide sustainable, practical resources for local families in South Asia.

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Short-Term Trips

See cross-cultural missions work firsthand

Austin Ridge provides a number of opportunities to participate in short-term mission trips throughout the year.

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Sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive prayer requests and updates about how our partnerships are reaching the unreached and serving the vulnerable in our city and around the world.

our partners

Explore a comprehensive list of our current missions partners.

Ridge Missions Team

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  • Becky Belew

    Becky Belew

    Becky was born and raised in New Orleans, but moved to Texas in 2005. She married her best friend, Jon, in 2009. She is blessed with her wonderful daughter, Evelyn, and her stepson, Austin. Becky has more than 15 years of executive assistant experience and has attended the Ridge for nearly a decade. She loves scuba diving, going to Christian concerts, and playing games with her friends and family. She is grateful and excited to utilize her gifts to pursue God’s mission for the Ridge community locally and abroad.

  • Christine Stehno

    Christine Stehno

    Christine was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Since college, Christine has spent time working in Parks and Recreation as well as at a Christian Camp in Sequoia National Forest in California. A trip to Nepal really opened her heart to all aspects of missions. She loves being outside in the sunshine as much as possible, reading, pick-up pickleball games, and watching Husker sports – especially football. Go Big Red! She’s excited to be living in the warmth of the south and grateful for this chapter working in ministry and getting to pursue her passion for people.

  • Clark Richardson

    Clark Richardson

    Clark is a Waco native and a Dallas Baptist University graduate. His non-traditional college and career track within the landscape industry and fundraising/development unknowingly prepared him for such a time as this. Over a number of trips to Uganda, God opened his eyes to how he could use his gifts and talents both locally and globally for the Kingdom. That led him to put his “yes” on the table in 2016, and the rest is history. He married up when landing his beautiful wife, Natalie, in 2010, and they have three children, Graham, Isla, and Cora. He is a jack of all trades and master of none. He enjoys being a dad of three, and when there is time, hunting, sports, dabbling with smoking meat, and campfires.

  • Don Ellsworth

    Don Ellsworth

    Born in New York and raised in Pennsylvania, Don's family relocated to San Diego so he could meet his beautiful wife, Becky. They are blessed with and entertained by their four married kids and kids-in-law, and awesome grandchildren. Don graduated from San Diego Christian College and Dallas Seminary. Don loves going on dates with his wife, anything at the beach, USC football, college football and basketball, Hula Hut, reading, and chocolate. As Missions Pastor, Don loves his job of helping the Ridge reach the unreached and serve the vulnerable in our city and around the world.

  • Donald Dumbacher

    Donald Dumbacher

    Don was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He met his wife, Shelli, at The Ohio State University. They have four married children living all around the world, and five grandchildren…so far.