Pastors & Staff

Daniel Carpenter


Daniel serves as the Lead Pastor of South Ridge Church. He loves people and is passionate about communicating the gospel in a variety of ways. In his role as Lead Pastor, Daniel provides organizational leadership and serves as the primary teacher and communicator at weekend services. He has a Master's degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Daniel loves spending time with his wife, Alison, and their three boys Henry, Shepherd, and Everett. Daniel is a self-proclaimed foodie whose hobbies include studying culture and theology, playing board games, and spending time with his family.

Justin Wright


Justin Wright is a pastor at South Ridge (Fairmont location) who desires to see people of all ages grow in Spiritual and Emotional Health. He also has a passion to help married couples thrive in their Friendship, Unity, and Intimacy. Justin’s original background was Elementary Education, and he later went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) in Deerfield, IL.  Justin is married to Megan and they have two children, Lydia and Emma.  In his free time Justin enjoys time with friends, music, and tabletop gaming.

Nathaniel "Looch" Lutyens

Pastoral Intern
Nathaniel “Looch” Lutyens is a pastoral intern at South Ridge Church. He serves the church in any pastoral capacity needed. Looch has a Bachelor’s degree in History from West Virginia University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Prior to coming on staff with South Ridge Church, he served as the Young Life Area Director in Harrison County, WV, for eleven years. Looch is married to Gina and has two kids, Jimmy and Elsie. Looch and his family live in Bridgeport and have a long-term vision of serving in or leading a church in Bridgeport. Looch is also the head cross country coach and an assistant track coach at Bridgeport High School. He enjoys reading, making and drinking coffee, being with his family, gardening, and playing fantasy football and baseball.

Sue Whittaker

Financial and Human Resources Administrator

Sue Whittaker serves as the Financial and Human Resources Administrator of South Ridge Church.  Her primary responsibilities are business management, administration and clerical work.  She has served in church administration at several different churches since 2003 and has been in full-time ministry since 1996. She has a 3 year Bible/Church Ministries diploma from Practical Bible Training School. Her and her husband, Jim, have two adult children, Philip and Casey.  She enjoys paper crafting, reading, horseback riding and geocaching with Jim.

Jennifer Wilson

Communications Director / Office Manager

Jennifer Wilson is the Communications Director and Office Manager at South Ridge Church. Her primary responsibilities are maintaining the church office and managing much of the church's communication. Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in Media Communication Administration from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY. Prior to coming on staff at SRC, Jennifer worked as a Marketing Director and a teacher, and she has held multiple volunteer positions within SRC Ministries. She is married to Josh and has two children, Elias and Bella. In her free time, Jennifer loves to read and write, and she can strike up a conversation with just about anyone!

Cassi Hersey

Family Ministry Director

Cassi Hersey is the Family Ministry Assistant Director at South Ridge Church.  Cassi has a Bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State University in Early Childhood. She is married to her best friend, Luke. She has a daughter named Bella, a cat named Mittens, and a dog named Hawkeye. She has spent the last decade at home raising her daughter, caring for friends’ children in her home, and volunteering in numerous positions in Family Ministry for many years. She jumped on the home-school bandwagon and is a member of a Classical Conversations community. She enjoys family time in all forms; board games, museum trips, trips to the beach, and other adventures.

Cassidy Lanz

Family Ministry Assistant Director

Cassidy Lanz is the Family Ministry Assistant Director at South Ridge Church. Cassidy has an Associate’s degree from Pierpont Community and Technical College in Food Service Management with a specialization in Baking and Pastry Arts. Prior to coming on staff at South Ridge, she was a pastry chef and manager in a commercial bakery. From there, she opened her own certified home bakery. She previously served as a Ridge Kids preschool volunteer for 10 years before joining the worship team where she still volunteers as one of our vocalists. Cassidy married Beau in 2017 and they have two cats, Toast and Olive. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, being a cat mom, and running her small business.

Bobby Dunn

Technical Director

Bobby Dunn is the Technical Director at South Ridge Church. He oversees all SRC tech including lights, video, sound, computers and networking, as well as photography and videography. Bobby has a Bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State University in Information Systems. Prior to coming on staff at South Ridge Church, he was employed as a Systems Analyst in the Information Technology field. Bobby is married to Rachel and they have two sons, Owen and Liam. He enjoys playing guitar and playing occasionally on the worship team, and also collecting vintage video games from Pong to Playstation.

Sean Moore

Worship and Programming Director

Sean Moore is the Worship and Programming Director at South Ridge Church. He oversees all administrative duties for the various worship teams that serve the church, as well as coordinating programming elements for the weekend services. Sean also serves as a member of the worship team in both our Fairmont and Bridgeport locations. Prior to coming on staff at South Ridge Church, he was employed as a Worship and Youth Pastor at a local church, as well as a Project Manager for a gas utility company. He enjoys playing music, riding motorcycles, and camping.