Moreland UMC welcomes new pastor with workday
Moreland United Methodist Church was one of several Methodist congregations welcoming a new pastor this summer.
The church prepared for their new pastor, Brian Ridgedell, by having a workday at the parsonage. The workday was held June 7 with a goal – “to get the parsonage ready for our new minister,” said Jimmy Jones.
Jones actually assumed his duties at the church on June 22, but he was able to be part of the workday experience. Jones said Ridgedell is continuing “the work of our long-time pastor and friend, David Brachman.”
Brachman served as pastor at Moreland Methodist on two different occasions.
“We had a wonderful day of hard work and good fellowship on Saturday, followed by painting the inside of the house during the next week,” Jones said.
Ridgedell comes to Moreland after serving two years as associate pastor at Grayson United Methodist Church. While serving in Grayson, Ridgedell implemented the start of home Bible study groups and worked with their mission teams.
He and his wife, Cindy, facilitated two marriage conferences. Ridgedell also served at Mt. Beulah United Methodist Church in Nicholasville, Ky. for three years while earning his master of divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. A native of Louisiana, his undergraduate work was done at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La.
The Ridgedells have been married for 28 years. They have three grown children – who live in Georgia, Louisiana and New York. Their granddaughter, 1 ½-year-old Katy Ann, lives in Louisiana.
Moreland Methodist holds services every Sunday at 11 a.m. following Sunday school at 9:45.
During the school year, the church has youth group activities on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Ridgedell has plans to teach an adult study on Wednesday nights starting in September.
“We welcome Brian and Cindy to our church and community,” Jones said.