News 2020-08-14T13:44:43+00:00


RIP Medical Debt

{UPDATE} I have an update on our initiative to pay off $1.5 million of medical debt for low-income families in Central Iowa. We're up to $5,700 of our $15,000 goal! Thanks so much for your willingness to partner with us, whether that's providing a generous gift, sharing these posts, or [...]

Marketing & Communication Manager

The Marketing & Communication Manager is an exciting new position at the Ridge created to work with all ministries to lead and implement The Ridge's overall marketing and communication strategies.  Our new Marketing & Communication Manager will be someone who is passionate about Jesus and sharing stories of life change through [...]

Realm Online Directory

Many find the online directory in Realm Office invaluable for locating contact information and putting faces with names or matching children and spouses to names. For various reasons, however, some like to limit who can see contact and personal information. You can revise your privacy settings so this information is [...]

Money and Prayer: An Unexpected Duo

by Travis Shelton, Financial Ministry Leader I recently had the privilege of leading our staff prayer time. To the surprise of absolutely no one, the focus of this prayer time was on financial stewardship. In the days leading up to our time together, I spent a fair amount of time [...]

We’re worshiping online, what do I do with my kids?

By Doug Applegate, Family Ministries Director.    I hate to even say it, but I'm going to anyway ... we’re living in a strange and "unprecedented" time. And I know it's impossible to "do church" the way we used to, and a lot of people want to get back to [...]

  • Church on-site or online?

Is church on-site better than church online?

By Will Herron, Adult Ministries Director.  For many, Sunday mornings have become a lot more chilled out these past few months. What once was a crazy dash to get everyone out the door in time for a church service has now become a somewhat leisurely paced journey all the way to our [...]

How is The Ridge doing?

By Mary Kohlsdorf, Director of Outreach.  The Ridge is alive and well! The church has been creative in finding new ways to serve when social distancing and quarantine have been the norm. One of the most profound opportunities that became obvious to us in this season, was serving seniors in [...]

I’d like to connect but I’m nervous about COVID – is there a safe way to connect?

Joni Pine, Director of Connection.  Your concerns about COVID-19 and your ability to connect with the church are valid and we completely understand. Watch and listen to Joni Pine as she explains some of the steps we've taken to mitigate those concerns.

A Word from Doug – God Games – June 1

Hi parents, I’m digging into my actual personal family vault. When my kids were younger we played games and called them “God Games!” We made some great memories and my kids still talk about some of these crazy things we did. We used a book that gave us ideas of [...]

Reopening Update – May 28  

A Word from Doug – May 24

Hi Parents! I know I missed posting last week, but I didn’t feel like I had anything important to share…so I didn’t. I want messages, emails and posts from me to be worth your time. I want you to trust me with your time. Time might be the most valuable [...]

May 22 – Reopening Update

Update from Leadership

A Word from Doug – May 11 Hey Ridge, I had my last night of leading Junkyard this past week and created a video for their viewing pleasure. You might have fun watching some of it yourself. The first 8 minutes include hilarious sketches about my time with my daughters during quarantine. (This is a [...]

A Word from Doug – May 3

Hey parents! This is just for you. Let me start though by saying “I LOVE Doug Fields!” Doug Fields was the youth director at a super large church in California called Saddleback. I met Doug Fields more than 20 years ago and he helped me launch my youth ministry. Now [...]

April 28, 2020 Update

April 28, 2020 HOPE. On April 27 Governor Reynolds lifted restrictions for faith organizations to gather. And that has given us hope. As much as we would love to gather right away we will take a wise, safe, and loving approach. As you know, our Sunday services and family ministry [...]

Ankeny Food Box Locations

Here are the locations of the Helping Hands little food boxes 1. 423 w 1st 2. Mel Ray trailer park by mailboxes (at the corner of Polk City Dr and Polk City Court if using a GPS) 3. 1313 NW Beechwood 4. 4807 NW 5th 5. 1003 SW 3rd 6. 2081 [...]

COVID-19 Update: March 17, 2020

During times when we face the unknown and fear can overtake us, we turn to the Creator of the Universe and His Word. FAITH – Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 HOPE – I lift up my eyes to the hills. From [...]

Update: Service Online Only March 15

We are moving worship services for Sunday March 15 (tomorrow) to ONLINE ONLY at 10:30 am. Join us here on the live stream. We are following Governor Reynolds' recommendation that no gatherings over 250 should be held. (Press release) All on-site groups and classes for Sunday are postponed. If you have [...]

Coronavirus Update

Ridge Family, First, we want to thank you for your patience and flexibility. Your prayers and encouragement have been awesome! As our current situation develops, we are praying, discussing, and listening while we make decisions on how best to be the church. This situation changes fast and we will continue [...]

Message from Your Staff: Coronavirus

Dear Ridge Family, At The Ridge, we want to care for our church family in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community. The purpose of this communication is to share with you what The Ridge is doing for the health and safety of our community and what you [...]

  • Junkyard Youth - Day of Love

Day of Love 2020

Wondered what The Junkyard was up to Saturday? Check this out! {Video} Here is everything we got done at Day of Love 2020...(in case you are unfamiliar with the Day of Love; it's a day of serving. We do it every spring. We sent out nearly 180 people to over [...]

Church Wide Lent Study

Lent is a period representing the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. The Ridge is taking the next 40 days to spend time in reflection through a daily Lent devotional in preparation for the resurrection of Christ Easter Sunday.   View & download the following link to follow along [...]

New Adult Ministries Director: Will Herron

The Ridge is excited to announce our new Adult Ministries Director, Will Herron. Will was born to missionary parents and raised in a small town on the east coast of N Ireland. After graduating with a theology degree from Queens University Belfast, Will became a singer, song writer and guitarist [...]

2019 Christmas Blessing

Student Lunch Assistance - Help pay off Ankeny Community School students' negative lunch accounts. {Give Now} Local Families Gifts - We are partnering with local schools and ministries to provide Christmas gifts for children and their parents. Please bring unwrapped gifts to the church by December 8th with the stocking [...]

RightNow Media

We've given you free access to the biggest video Bible study library in the world. All you need to do is sign-up! And, don't forget the kiddos – there is also hundreds of kid's programs. Just looking for the Right Now Media link? HERE IT IS »

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What is Financial Ministry at The Ridge?

Hello Ridgers, About 6 weeks ago I joined the Ridge staff as the leader of our financial ministry. You may be asking yourself, “What’s a financial ministry?” First, a little background. About 7 years ago, I asked the church leadership if I could volunteer my gifts to help fellow Ridgers [...]

The Ridge Serves

In the month of July, The Ridge will offer a number of service projects for people, groups, and families of all ages. There are a limited number of spots for some service projects, contact Sue Green or watch our Facebook page for events to sign-up.   DATE SERVICE PROJECT TIME LOCATION # [...]

Now you can take The Ridge with you – download our new App!

We are launching our new Ridge App this Sunday. Take some time to download it before you come to church so you can jump right in. Text "RIDGELIFE APP" to 77977 to download the new Ridge App. Available on iTunes and Google Play Google: Apple: