our team

Ridgedale has embraced the concept of team staffing.  We use teams to teach, lead worship, do student ministry, children's ministry and just about any other ministry we have engaged.  The staff team, under the leadership oour Senior Pastor and Board of Directors, exists to serve the greater team of our lay leaders.  The staff team is here to equip and enable them to do ministry.  (Ephesians 4:11-12)  

We want to produce and release spiritual leaders.

  • Mark McGill

    Senior Pastor

    Pastor Mark was born in Maryville, TN in 1969. A Christian friend’s family reached out to him as an early teen and he found himself hearing the preaching of the Word of God and being drawn to salvation. He describes the experience, “I’ve never gotten over that grip of grace. I ran into God’s arms.” Within a few years the gifts of preaching, teaching and leadership became evident to Mark and to his church family. God had fashioned a new pastor. 

    He entered the ministry full-time at the age of 26 and came to Ridgedale as his first senior pastorate in September of 2000. Ridgedale had suffered a serious decline and found itself left with around 20 faithful members. Closing the doors was a serious consideration. But God had a different idea. Mark and the church connected and unanimously sensed a calling to begin anew.


  • CHRIS CATE

    Administrative and Family Pastor

    Chris joined the staff as Children’s Minister in 2006, and in 2009 took on the role of Administrative and Family Pastor. Prior to being called into the ministry at Ridgedale, Chris was Manager of Operations 1994 - 2006 at Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN.  


    Chris’s goal is to lead the church by implementing the vision of the church and the pastor through the staff and ministry leaders.  Chris has been married for 20 years to Tammy who is a sign language interpreter for the University of Tennessee and helps lead the deaf ministry at Ridgedale. Chris has one son Seth (14) which is the joy of his life.

  • Dawn Robbins

    MDO Director

    I am originally from South Carolina where I attended North Greenville University as an early childhood major. I am married with four beautiful children. My family and I moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 2016. We have loved living in East Tennessee the past few years. The Lord led us to Ridgedale shortly after moving to the community, and we immediately felt at home. About a year and a half ago I learned of an opening at Ridgedale MDO and was privileged to be given the opportunity to teach for the program. I have loved working with children for as long as I can remember. Whether with my own children, working with the kids in Awana, or teaching at our MDO program, I truly believe children are a blessing from God. I am grateful that I am a part of this ministry. 3 John 1:4: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 


  • Alicia Altman

    Finance Assistant

    Finance Assistant and Mother's Day Out Bookkeeper.  Joined the Ridgedale staff in 2016. 


  • Doug Mahan

    Janitorial Team

    Joined the Ridgedale staff in 2003.  

  • Brie Molloy

    Janitorial team

    Joined the Ridgedale staff in 2018.

  • Tim zachary

    Maintenance team

    Joined the Ridgedale staff in 2018