A Place to Belong!

Meet Our Staff

Kent Palmer

Kent Palmer serves as the Senior Pastor of Ridgewood Baptist Church. He and his wife of thirty years, Phyllis, began serving at Ridgewood during the snowstorm of December 1, 2007. Prior to that, they served for nearly 14 years at Libertyville Evangelical Free Church, in northern Illinois, having also been a part of that church…

Riyan Littlefield

Riyan Littlefield serves as the Student Ministries Director at Ridgewood Baptist church. He and his wife Sharayah began serving at Ridgewood in early 2012. Prior to that, they both attended and graduated from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL with degrees in Youth Ministry. Riyan is currently continuing his education and working toward his Masters…

Nichole Chimukangara

Nichole Chimukangara serves as the Children’s Ministry Director at Ridgewood Baptist Church. She is originally from Minnesota where she grew up in loving, Christian home. Nichole studied education and music at Bethel University (where she also met her husband) and has a Master’s degree in education. After 7 years teaching elementary special education in Minnesota,…