Our Staff


Phil Walker - Senior Pastor 

Phil grew up in Independence, MS and is married to the former Jody Bolton. They have two daughters, Brittany and Lori, with sons-in-law Ramsey Bell and Craig Kinsley, and 5 grandchildren, Lily, Banner, Piper, Raine and Beckham. One of his favorite Bible verses is John 15:7, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Phil has served at Ridgecrest since 1989. He enjoys cars, Auburn football, Xbox, writing, & international pastor training.

Brian Wright - Assistant Pastor

Brian grew up in Southaven, MS.  He and his wife Stacie have three sons: Wesley, Spencer, and Preston.  Brians’s favorite Bible verse is, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). He has served at Ridgecrest since 2009 and his hobbies include sports (playing, watching, and coaching) and anything involving his kids.

Greg O'Neal - Worship & Sr. Adult Pastor

Greg was born in Ft. Worth, TX but grew up in Baton Rouge, LA.  He & and his wife Staci have two children, Joshua and Meghan.  Greg’s favorite Bible verse is, “Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16) Greg has served at Ridgecrest since 1994 and enjoys golf, college football, reading, and traveling.

Buddy Knott - Community Impact & Sports Pastor

Buddy and his wife Connie have 2 sons, Jaydon & Brady.  His life verses are James 1:2-4, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trails, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing.”  Buddy has served at Ridgecrest since 2007, and he enjoys spending time with his family and wrestling with his boys, as well as hunting, fishing, playing golf and officiating MHSAA soccer.

Michael Estes - College Pastor

Michael grew up in Clinton, MS. He and Julie, his wife, have been married since 2001 and have three children: Jackson, Lorelei, and Micah. In addition to his work at the church, he is also a school teacher at Germantown High School. His favorite Bible verse is Romans 5:8, "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us." Michael has served at Ridgecrest since 2016. He also enjoys reading (pretty much anything), sports, and anything involving his wife and children.

Matt Oswalt - Student & Family Pastor

Matt and his wife Emily have three sons, Thomas Hewitt, Andrew and Matthew. His favorite passage of scripture is Ephesians 2:4-5 which says, “But  because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”  Matt enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hunting and watching sports.

Matt Collins - Associate Student Pastor

Matt grew up in a military family and spent most of his childhood traveling the country. He has been blessed to continue his travels as a worship leader, leading at camps and conferences. He has had the privilege to open up for several artists including Matthew West and The Afters. He lives in Clinton, Mississippi with his wife, Dee, and their dog Banjo. Matt's favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away and the new has come." Matt enjoys playing soccer, songwriting and playing music.

Stacie Albritton - Preschool Ministry Director

Stacie and her husband Erik Albritton have two sons, Luke and Seth.  One of her favorite Bible verses is Deuteronomy 6:5-6, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”  She has served as a volunteer at Ridgecrest since 1998 and came on staff in 2005.  She enjoys photography & spending time with family.  Her favorite part of ministry is seeing a preschooler’s genuine joy and unconditional love for our Jesus.

Tim Blocker - Stewardship Director

Tim grew up in Philadelphia, MS where his Mom and Dad, sister and brother-in-law still reside. He & his wife Michele have two daughters, Leigh Alison and Anna.  His favorite Bible verse is “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men… It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” Colossians 3:23-24. He has been a member at Ridgecrest since 1991 & has served on staff since 2005.  Tim enjoys hunting/fishing and spending time with kids and family.

Brian Price - IT & Technical Director

Brian and his wife Retha have 3 kids: Will, Max, & Claire. They also have 5 pets.  One of Brian’s favorite Bible verses is Romans 5:8, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Brian has been a member at Ridgecrest since 2005, and has served on staff since 2006.  He enjoys music, both listening and playing, and time with his family.


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