Charlie Ridenour

Pastor of staff & mission


I grew up in the sprawling suburbs of Dallas. After high school, I moved to Chicago and went to Jesus college. Twice. I started on staff at CBC as the Director of Middle School Ministries. Honestly, I never thought I’d work at a church, but I’ve been at CBC since November of 2008 and love this place more now than when I started. In a world where most churches are known for what they stand against and not what they stand for, the message of grace I found at CBC gave me a passion for the church and showed me I belong. I think being a church focused on grace means we tell the story of Jesus as one of rescue and not condemnation.

I’m on my third role here and currently have the amazing privilege of leading the staff. We laugh together more than any church staff ever should. The other fun part of my job is getting to think about strategy, big picture, and where headed. 

A few more fun facts - I’m a twin, so I’m naturally competitive. Although it doesn’t look like it, I was mildly athletic back in the day. I’m also old enough to use phrases like “back in the day” seamlessly in context. My wife, Sarah (insert joke about better half), and I are foodies - which explains why I used to be athletic. 

"My goal for CBC is allow grace to be seen in our structures, our vision, and our people - so that it might remind people of God’s grace as he is rescuing a broken world."