Mercy Ridge was planted in 2015 in hopes of doing church differently. There are many opportunities for people who want pews, steeples, and hymnals. We love those things, but that approach didn't seem to be yielding the kind of results that the Great Commission calls for. In 2020, we refined our vision to: leading the broken in our community to God's perfect design through the Gospel of Jesus.
Knowing Jesus, and Making Him Known
Josh & Kristen Hildebrand
Lead Pastor & Children/Youth Team Lead
Josh Hildebrand earned the Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. In 2015, after having served as Senior Pastor for many years, the Lord led in the establishment of a new work in Grant County. Sponsored by Florence Baptist Mt. Zion, Josh planted Mercy Ridge Community Church in Dry Ridge, KY. Kristen oversees the children's ministries at Mercy Ridge and serves at Team Leader. Her focus is leading a well-organized caring ministry to the children at Mercy Ridge, for God's glory.
Josh & Dina Bergstrom
Worship Leader & Children's Instructor
Josh Bergstrom graduated from Berea College in Berea, KY with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. For almost 20 years he has been leading worship in various capacities; from college organizations to different churches and events. He works for a local ministry dedicated to rescuing Christian men entrenched in life-altering addictions through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word of God, where he serves as a videographer, video editor, and worship team member. Dina assists Kristen in the administration and teaching functions of the children's ministries at Mercy Ridge.
Austin & Emily Manning
Austin Manning is studying to earn his Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He earned his BS in Sport Management from Urbana University in Urbana, OH. He previously served as a student ministry volunteer at Erlanger Baptist Church in Erlanger, KY. Austin is responsible for the Junior and Senior High Youth Groups at Mercy Ridge. His ministry focus is reaching the lost and nurturing the Church through Great Commission Leadership.
Kid's Ridge Instructor
Steve is the primary teacher at Kid's Ridge. He is committed to teaching the whole counsel of God to this next generation of Christians.
Our Core Values
An outward expression of an inward change.