STAFF


  • Gary Ridley

    Senior Pastor

    I joined the Trinity family in June of 2010. My wife, Emily, and I came to Ludington from Wheaton, Illinois, where we lived during college and seminary (Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, respectively). We both call Alaska home and tend to miss the Wrangell Mountains with some frequency.


    My family is my great joy. My wife and I have four children, and we love watching them grow and learn. They are truly delightful. We enjoy living next to Lake Michigan and try to spend as much time as possible in Ludington State Park. Hiking, kayaking, and camping are matched by hockey, basketball, and reading as my main recreation interests.


    The real reason we are here, though, is because we want to be part of a great work of God. I believe that the Gospel—the good news that God sent Jesus to save the world—is a powerful message that changes everything. It kills me to see so many hurting people, broken families, and listless young adults in our community. I believe the root answer to these problems is finding healing, wholeness, and purpose in the Gospel of Jesus. Because of that, I very badly want people to know and experience God's love. My call and desire is to proclaim good news, and my confidence is that God will powerfully shine the light of his salvation into our community.


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  • Nolan COCKE

    worship Pastor

    I joined the Trinity staff and family in August of 2018, and it’s my joy to serve as worship pastor. I’m excited for the opportunity to work alongside Gospel-centered leaders, and a church with a heartbeat for the mission of making more effective disciples of Jesus Christ. My passion is to help the Church sing songs with depth and richness in the Gospel, pointing us towards Jesus and spurring us towards a passionate commitment to sharing the greatest News the world will ever hear.

     

    Born and raised in mid-Michigan, my wife and I love west-Michigan living. We especially enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan and having access to the amazing beaches here in Ludington is a great perk. We also look forward to the bustle of the city during the summer months once the seasonal folks arrive. Stacie and I have two children, Cecilia and Isaac, and 2 dogs (Kinchlow & Casper), a bunny (Buddy), and bunch of chickens. We love going to the beach, exploring and traveling to various places, and also snuggling up at home with a family movie or game night. 

     

    Stacie and I are licensed foster parents, and at times we get the privilege of caring for children and their families for extended periods of time. While we don’t like seeing families struggle to the point where foster care or adoption is necessary, we see it as an opportunity to display the Gospel to those who are hurting and in need of great love and grace. We are passionate about serving others in this way, and also for raising awareness of foster care/adoption and equipping other families towards becoming foster or adoptive parents.


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  • JOHN HICKS

    FAMILY MINISTRY PASTOR

    I’ve been serving at Trinity as Family Ministry Pastor since July 2022. My wife, Jen, and I may never get over the fact that we get to live in Ludington. We have four kids – Vivian, Eleanor, Caleb, and Jayne. Over the years Hansel (a rabbit) and Howie (a cat) have also joined our crew. As a family we love to make the most of the small things in life, from bike rides to Lake Michigan sunsets to singing 80s and 90s songs at the top of our lungs in the car.

     

    My role here at Trinity is to equip individual families, and our church family at large, to reach generation after generation with the truth of God’s love in Jesus Christ. It’s an honor to serve alongside such a talented and dedicated staff, and to serve in a congregation who so clearly demonstrate the love of Jesus for the Ludington community.

     

    If you’re searching for a church family where your kids can flourish, or you’d like to talk about the difference the gospel can make in your family, I’d be glad to connect with you!


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  • joey anderson

    STUDENT MINISTRY DIRECTOR

    I have grown up in Trinity church, since my family has attended before I was born. As I grew up surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, it was my teenage years while in the student ministry, that God grabbed my heart and put a passion in me for student ministry. He would fan that passion over the coming years.


    I started off volunteering as a junior in high school in 2013 and at the end of 2019 I stepped into a leadership role as an interim student ministry director. In 2021 I officially joined the staff of Trinity Church as the Student Ministry Director. I currently attend Moody Bible Institute participating in online classes.


    I have called Ludington my home all my life, my family owns Kibby Creek Campground south of Ludington and over the last few years I have become an uncle to 5 amazing nieces and nephews. 


    My heart for the student ministry here at Trinity is to encourage the students of families that attend our church, as we as engage students in our area, seeking to share with every student the life transforming news of the gospel; that Jesus loves them, wants a relationship with them, and that He brings salvation to them. In a generation where students struggle with anxiety, depression, and identity, I believe Jesus is the answer they seek. It is my hope that every student who walks through our doors and encounters our staff, volunteers, current students, and church at large, will come to find a place to belong; a place where they can be open with their struggles, encounter the love and redemption of Jesus, and the grace that sets them free.


    My interests outside of ministry include; loving on my adorable 2 year old German Shepherd “Eevee”, reading, landscape photography, board games, and just spending time with family and friends. I absolutely love nature and find so much joy in watching sunsets and finding my favorite unique trees in the area.  I love how it all points to the love, care, and patience of God to make such incredible things!


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  • barbara rylander

    OFFICE COORDINATOR

    I was welcomed into the Trinity community in December of 2021.  My path to life in Ludington has been a 'circle the Great Lakes' story.  I grew up Catholic in a suburb of Cleveland, OH.  Just out of high school I accepted Jesus as Lord of my life, attended college in Cincinnati, OH, in music (violin), later marrying and raising five daughters in the Chicago area.  More recently, I've lived in Saline, MI for ten years, just outside of Ann Arbor. Yet...Ludington profoundly feels like home, as if my heart and soul have been here all along.

     

    Jesus revealed, day by day, is my profound joy.  I'm always surprised; at the incredible beauty of the outdoors, at the delightful 'drinking in of God's Word', at the multiple ways that Christians reach out into the community.  Although I miss my five daughters and four grandchildren, scattered across the U.S., it is through God's Word and prayer that the unity of family emerges.

     

    It is an honor to serve in the church office at Trinity; to help juggle the many 'moving parts' of this great mission and vision.


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