Our mission is to equip and connect the saints for the work of the ministry to go into all the world to proclaim the Gospel. 

(Ephesians 4:12; Mark 16:15)

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.” – Jeremiah 29:12

Prayer is our greatest mobilization strategy. Maybe God has placed a desire in your heart to pray for missionaries. God has a great plan to use you to help complete His mission of making His name known among the nations as you participate through prayer. Use these even points to fuel your prayers for missionaries around the world.

  • Pray for open doors
  • Pray for boldness
  • Pray for protection
  • Pray for the Gospel to spread and be received

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”— Matthew 24:14 ESV

The phrase “of all nations” is found throughout Scripture, but what does it actually mean? The New Testament Greek phrase is “panta ta ethne”. The word “ethne” is very similar to our English word “ethnic.” Another way to say this verse is “the gospel will be preached to all the ethnic peoples or people groups of the world.” Ultimately, we see this Biblical reality fulfilled in Revelation 7:9-10. As we take a look at the current status of this task, we see that all people are equally lost without Jesus, but all people do not have equal access to the message of saving faith through Jesus.

What is a People Group?

A people group is the largest group through which the Gospel can flow without encountering significant barriers of understanding and acceptance. There are approximately 11,690 people groups worldwide.

How do we determine if a People Group is Reached or Unreached?

An unreached people group (UPG) is a people group in which less than 2% of the population is Evangelical Christians. Globally there are approximately 6,400 UPGs.

Community Outreach at Ridgecrest is all about equipping and mobilizing people to make disciples among those in physical and spiritual need in the Wiregrass community.

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.  —Acts 20:2


Although this could literally mean the person living next door to us, in this context we are referring to a “Luke 10” kind of neighbor. It’s fine to talk about “reaching the homeless” or “caring for the orphan,” but we must be careful not to define our neighbors by their situation instead of by God’s design for them. Every person—no matter how desperate or broken—was created to bear God’s image.


At Ridgecrest, we accomplish this by partnering with dozens of like-minded ministries and organizations across the Wiregrass. These partners have similar hearts for serving the community, and we come alongside them to help carry out the work to which God has specifically called them for His glory.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives…one heart at a time. Since 1954, FCA has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful platform of sport to reach every coach and every athlete with the transforming power of Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities around the globe by engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire and change the world through the gospel.

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Since its beginning, IMB has had one goal: bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost peoples of the world. At the first Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, the Foreign Mission Board (FMB) was founded as part of “one sacred effort, for the propagation of the gospel.” Southern Baptist churches believed that by working cooperatively, they could accomplish more for God’s kingdom. That belief still stands strong today.

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The North American Mission Board serves a diverse and complex region comprised of: United States, Canada and U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa…363 million people…350 languages…14+ religions…273+ million estimated lost. At NAMB, we see a mission field that needs the hope of the gospel. With your partnership, we’re committed to taking this hope to cities, small towns and college campuses.

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Northeastern Baptist College

The mission of NEBC is to impact the Northeast, the United States, and the world by training students to have The Mind of a Scholar, The Heart of a Shepherd, and The Perseverance of a Soldier through the provision of a college education with a biblical foundation and a distinctive blend of academic excellence and practical mentoring.

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Preach and Heal

Kenneth and Kirsten Nelson are part of our Ridgecrest Family and have served in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and now Honduras. They have been married for 23 years and have 3 children- Connor- a freshman nursing student at University of South Alabama, Kayleigh- a junior in high school, and Cade- a 7th grader. Ken has a passion for training and equipping leaders in the church. Kirsten is a nurse anesthetist with 29 years in the healthcare profession and desires to use medicine and education as a means to share Christ. Together they seek to fulfill Luke 9:2 desiring to serve the Lord through discipleship, education, and medical missions as they call their ministry “Preach and Heal”

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Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

Bringing Hope to Crisis! When you’ve seen a disaster on the news in the last 50 years, what you may not have seen is the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers who were already on the scene—and they remained long after news cameras left town. As the third-largest disaster response team in the nation, this network of state-based volunteers teams does more than just clean up; they bring the healing of Christ to those whose lives have been shattered.

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Monday night ministry

Monday Night Ministries began with the passion and vision of one Connection Group at Ridgecrest and has grown into a multi-church partnership that is ministering to over 200 children each week. With the mission to be the presence of Jesus Christ and to share His life-transforming hope, love and power…MNM serves many of the Public Housing communities in Dothan to ignite their passion for God and His Kingdom.

Ridgecrest has a heart for missions. As you can see from this map, Ridgecrest has sponsored Mission Trips all over the world. We truly believe it is important to spread the gospel over all the world.

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." --Mark 16:15


Chuck Locke

Executive Pastor: Pastoral Care & Missions

office: 334-792-9406 x2226

Wendy Lilly

Membership Secretary

office: 334-792-9406 x2255