Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Staff

Interim Pastor – Dr. Ken Alford

Dr. Ken Alford began his service as the Interim Pastor of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in November of 2020. He is a native of Montgomery, AL, and a graduate of Troy State University. He earned an M.Div. and a D.Min from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  Dr. Ken began pastoral ministry in 1981, and he served churches in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia prior to his retirement from full-time ministry in August of 2020. He has served in denominational leadership positions such as a member of the SBC Executive Committee, Chairman of the Board of NAMB, and President of the Florida Baptist Convention. He and his wife Cynthia have two children and two young grandsons. In his free time Dr. Ken enjoys reading, playing golf, fellowshipping with other ministers, and discovering new and interesting places with Cynthia as they continue to explore the greater Birmingham area.

Associate Pastor – Seth Powell

Seth has served as our Associate Pastor since March of 2019, serving in various capacities related to Hispanic Ministry, preaching, and assisting our ESL program. Originally from South Mississippi, Seth came to PRBC after serving for 5 years on the field as a Missionary Pastor in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. An ordained minister and certified educator, he holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Certificate of Multicultural Studies from the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico, and is currently completing a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Capella University. He and his wife, Ashley, have 4 children and are passionate about adoption and serving the least in our communities.

Worship Pastor – Jon Riddle

Jonathan was born and raised outside of Ashland, Alabama. He holds a B.S. in Business Education from Auburn University and a B.A. in Music with a concentration in voice from UAB. Prior to joining our staff, he worked as a church organist, using those talents for services, concerts, and weddings. Beginning at PRBC as an organist, Jon eventually moved into the role of interim music minister and then into the position full time in 2002. He and his wife, Amber, were married at PRBC in 2010. Jon enjoys singing, playing the organ, piano, and saxophone. He considers his family blessed to call PRBC and Hueytown, AL their home.

Student Pastor – Jake Kersh

Jake has served as our Student Pastor since January of 2018. He originally hails from Adamsville, AL where he came to know Christ during his grade school years. Jake has degrees from Southeastern Bible College and is currently pursuing an M.Div from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Natasha, have one son (Christian, who many lovingly refer to as “nugget”). Jake enjoys talking theology and is an avid bowhunter and fly fisher.

Children’s Minister – Nancy Glover

Dr. Nancy Glover has been the Minister to Preschool and School-aged Children at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church since May of 2005. She also oversees the weekday Preschool Program. Before serving at PRBC, she spent 34 years as a public school teacher and principal with the Jefferson County Board of Education. She has a B.S. and an M.S. in Education from the University of Montevallo. She also has an Educational Specialist Degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama/UAB. She has attended PRBC her entire life and loves seeing how God has used PRBC over the years. Her hobbies include reading, taking naps, and watching her grandsons play sports. She is married to Ray and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandsons. 

Executive Ministry Assistant – Cheryl Abney

Cheryl began her service at PRBC in 1993 as a music/records Ministry Assistant and Receptionist, later serving as the Education Ministry Assistant. As of 2000, Cheryl has served as the Executive Ministry Assistant. For her, being able to serve the Lord through her service at PRBC is a real joy. She has served in many capacities, including in student ministry, drama and puppet teams, and at church events. She loves working with children and students, planning activities, decorating, and photography. She and her husband, Jimmy, have been married for 40 years. They have 2 married children and 5 beautiful grandchildren.

Receptionist- Helen Syx

Publicity Assistant – Jennifer Veasey

Building Supervisor – James Cash

Custodian- Pam Coston

Custodian- Roger Edwards

CFLC Coordinator- Felix Rosborough

CFLC Coordinator- Fred Howard

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