Meet 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 Collins is the most interesting man in the world.  He was born in the wilderness and became the leader of his wolfpack by the age of 5.  He has been called a "Modern-Day Tarzan" by many, but he desired more than the wolf pack could offer so he left the wilderness at age 15 and enrolled at Harvard University.  He shocked the nation with his extreme intelligence, especially with his lack of basic education.  Shortly after graduating from Harvard, he founded SNASA (Secret NASA) and was the first person to travel to every planet in our galaxy.  After retiring from SNASA at the age of 22, Matt met his wife, Dee, shortly after he received his Nobel Peace Prize for fearless space exploration.  He decided to leave all of the money and fame behind to settle in the exciting town of Clinton, MS and pursued a career in Student Ministry.  His hobbies include gator wrestling, macrame, and competitive dishwasher loading.



Katy Myers - Children's Ministry Director

Katy was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. The Bible verse she is claiming in this season is I Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” She is passionate about kiddos learning and growing in the Word of God.



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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