Pastor Don and Ann
Don Klapka began serving as the Senior Pastor of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church on March 1, 2019. Don began his journey walking with the Lord while serving in the United States Army as a paratrooper at Fort Bragg NC. On Easter, 1994, Don accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. His passion and desire to learn and teach God’s word became evident as he began serving as a Deacon in August 2000. After retiring from the US Army and beginning his next career with the Federal Government in July 2003, Don became active as a Men’s Ministry Leader, Youth Sunday School teacher and Marriage Ministry assistant while serving at Westminster Baptist Church. Don finally accepted the call to go into ministry as a Pastor in May 2017. Don enrolled in Liberty University and is pursuing his Masters of Divinity in Youth and Family ministries. In April of 2018, Don was called as Associate Pastor for Youth and Young families to Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church. Now as the Senior Pastor, Don has a vision to reach the community and make an impact in the world. Don has been married to his wife Ann for 35 years, he has three adult children who are all married and he has six grandchildren.
Dylan's journey of faith began in 2004 when, at the age of 5, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Growing up in the church, Dylan served in many ministries including children's choir, puppet team, Awana, youth , audio/visual, and various outreach ministries. As a youth, he began serving in the music ministry as a Praise Team member. At the age of 16, Dylan began to feel the call to ministry. In December of 2018 Dylan sensed the Lord leading him to serve with the Ministry team at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church. In March of 2019 Dylan accepted the call to serve as the Worship Leader at CRBC. Dylan's desire is to encourage the church to be engaged in worship as they join together corporately to bring a sacrifice of praise. He is excited to see how God moves and works in the life of CRBC. Dylan can be contacted by email @: email@example.com
"He said, Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power." Daniel 2:20
Ann began serving as Ministries Coordinator at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church in March of 2019. Previously, Ann was the director of the Mother's Day Out Program at her former church, Lafeyette Baptist, in North Carolina. Following her move to Maryland, Ann worked for several years as a Pre-K teacher for a local church daycare. She now combines her love for Jesus and her heart for children as she oversees the Preschool & Children's Ministries at CRBC. She also coordinates the Fellowship ministry and serves on the CRBC Praise Team where she sings and plays the bass guitar.
Melissa joined the CRBC staff in July of 2019. After taking a 20 year leave from the workforce to raise her children, she is excited to use the gifts and talents God has given her to support the ministry of CRBC!