Our Staff

Steven D. Thompson

Lead Pastor

Pastor Steve started his ministry in 1980 and served in various associate positions before becoming Pastor at RCC in 1997. His vision for the Ridge area is to impact every area of life, from cradle to grave, with the message of Jesus Christ! His greatest joy is to see people come to Christ and then grow in their spiritual walk as they are taught the Word of God. Pastor Steve’s hobbies include golf, NASCAR, watching most sports, and music. Pastor Steve and Teresa experienced the greatest trial of their lives in October of 2006, when they lost their oldest daughter, Celeste, in a car accident. From the tragedy a great desire ignited in Pastor Steve’s heart for seeing others walk through the trials and tragedies of life into health and healing. God continues to give strength to Pastor Steve, Teresa, and their family as they walk together through this trial.

Teresa Thompson

Office Administrator & Events Cordinator

Teresa is the wife of Lead Pastor, Steve Thompson. Teresa has been in full time ministry with Pastor Steve for over 20 years. Teresa serves as secretary to the Pastor as well as office administrator and events coordinator. Teresa is extremely blessed with organizational and administrative talents, and uses those gifts to enhance the ministry here at RCC. Pastor Steve and Teresa have 4 children, of which 3 are married with children. The children and their spouses are Nathan & Kristin, Steven & Arhmin, and Meagan & Mark. There are six grandchildren: Haley, Madison, Bryson, Emory, Ethan, and the newest, Truett, arrived in November 2012. Teresa’s interests include gardening, shopping, and taking care of the grandchildren.

Mike & Kandra Deal

Associate Pastors & Discipleship Development

Mike joined the staff as Family Life Pastor in June of 2004. He is presently the Director of our Family Care Ministry and Discipleship Development. He is a native Floridian moving to the Winter Haven/Dundee area from Panama City in 1967. He has been very involved in church work all of his adult life and previously held staff and leadership positions at New Life Ministries International. Mike and his wife, Kandra, have been married for thirty-nine years. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Josiah & Kaitlyn Keefer

Music Pastor

Josiah Keefer became part of RCC in December 2008 sharing his musical talents through choir and worship band. He assumed the role of Worship Pastor in March 2012. Josiah spent his teenage years training in classical piano and voice while developing his ability to play the saxophone and guitar. Josiah’s dedication to musical development led the way to his selection to perform with the largest faith-based live theatre in the country. He spent an extended time at Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as a lead vocalist and piano performer in the production of “The Psalms of David.” In addition to his love for music, Josiah has a passion for early American history and has spent time studying the people behind the principles on which our nation was founded. Josiah adheres to the belief that an intimate relationship with God is fundamental in the life of the believer. With that, he feels that worship music prepares the heart for an intimate encounter with God where such intimacy is fostered and lives are changed.

Roy & Lauren Wilkinson

Associate Pastors

Roy and Lauren came to RCC in the summer of 2012 and joined the staff as youth leaders in October of that same year. Having worked with youth since 2009, they understand the fragile phases of life that teens of today face. Because of this, they know that working with parents to cement a foundation in Christ is the most important role in their ministry. They want Ignite Youth to be a place where teens feel comfortable, secure, and where they can receive all the benefits of being followers of Christ. In 2011-12 Roy and Lauren attended the intensive Ministerial Internship Program through the COG and Roy became an Ordained Minister in November of 2012. Roy has a career in the fire service while Lauren maintains the home and schools their children. The couple have four wonderful children; Tyler, Bo, Caleb, and Kaylin. They love family time and supporting their children in sports, music, and other hobbies.

Rick & Peggy Kujan

Visitation Pastors

Rick hails from Erie, Pennsylvania, and Peggy is from Lumberton, North Carolina. By God’s direction and provision, Rick and Peggy came to RCC in 1987, moved away for a short time, then returned in 1998. Rick became a Christ follower in 1978 and has been in active church ministries since 1979. Peggy was brought up in the Church of God and has been singing for God since she was four years old. She has been involved in the music ministry her entire life. Rick leads the usher ministry and also takes an active part in the visitation ministry here at RCC. Rick and Peggy have been married for 30 years.

Anna Horton

Nursery Director

Anna came to RCC in 2002 and immediately became active in the music ministry here at RCC, singing in choir and ensemble. In 2010 she was appointed the Nursery Director, after serving as a volunteer in children’s ministry. Anna hails from Charleston, South Carolina and served four years in the U.S. Air Force in Law Enforcement. She moved to Lake Wales thirty years ago to attend Warner Southern College where she received a B.A. in Business Administration and Missions. She is currently employed with the Guardian Ad Litem Program. Anna’s favorite saying is, “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove… but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a CHILD.”

Keith & Linda Pennington

Church Treasurer

Keith serves RCC in two roles. He is the Church Treasurer and also serves as Choir Director. Keith has a background in church music. He earned a BA at Lee University (1981) and a MA in music at Marshall University (1983). Previously he served as Minister of Music at West Lakeland Church of God (1983-1986). Keith made a career change to accounting and earned a BA in accounting at the University of South Florida (1991). Keith currently is a CPA with Jim Lee. Keith joined the staff at RCC in 1996. He and his wife, Linda, have one son, Koby.

Brittany Smith

Children's Pastor

Brittany joined RCC in 2008 and served on the worship and media teams for several years before becoming the children’s ministry director in April 2018. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Southeastern University in 2007 and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She has been a public school teacher for eleven years. Brittany met and married her husband, Jason, at RCC and they have two children, Jaxon and Emmarie.