our staff


  • David Mills

    Pastor

    God called David to preach and pastor during his thirties while serving as a Deacon and Adult Sunday School teacher at Valley View Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa. Since that time, he served Valley View as the Interim Education Pastor and also as Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Ralph, Alabama.  David considers preaching the Word of God a humble privilege and his passion is leading the local church for the glory of God.


    David grew up in Northport and was saved by God's Grace at thirteen at Carrolls Creek Baptist Church.  For the first time, he understood God's plan for eternal salvation was by grace through faith and not good works!  After trusting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, David served as Youth Pastor of Moundville Baptist Church while attending the University of Alabama.  After graduation in 1989, David married Noel, entered the United States Air Force, and served as a Weapon Systems Officer on F-111s.  In 1991, David and Noel were blessed with twin sons, Michael and Forrest, which led to the decision to return to Alabama and become school teachers.  David entered the Air Force Reserves and was activated after 9-11, serving combat tours in the C-130 in Afghanistan and Iraq.  It was during his time overseas that David solidified his call from the Lord to preach and pastor.  David now holds a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics and a Master of Divinity from Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta. 

  • Frankie Alba

    Worship Leader

    Frankie joined the staff at Ridgecrest as our Worship Leader in September of 2020. He grew up in a musically inclined family and has always enjoyed playing instruments and singing. He began leading worship as a teenager. He is a lover of all things Jesus. He is married to Britany Alba. They are expecting twins in 2021.

  • Garth Lee

    Youth Leader

    Garth came to Ridgecrest to be Youth Leader in October of 2020. Garth is very passionate about his faith and desires to see all people come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior. He is married to Morgan Lee. They are expecting their first child in 2021. 

  • Tiffany Rosser

    Preschool Supervisor

    Tiffany is our Preschool Coordinator and has served alongside our children's minister for almost 7 years. Tiffany grew up here at Ridgecrest Baptist and has raised her family here along with her husband Scotty. She has a huge heart for our preschoolers and ministering to their families.

  • Charlotte Payne

    Administrative Secretary

    Charlotte and her husband Donnie, originally from Northeast Mississippi, moved to Tuscaloosa in 1989.  Charlotte served as Administrative Secretary at Alberta Baptist Church for fourteen years before coming to Ridgecrest January 2005.  She is thankful to serve the Lord at Ridgecrest along with Forest Lake. Donnie serves as Co-Pastor at Forest Lake Baptist Church.  They have been blessed to have served such a loving congregation for over thirty years.  They have two daughters and five grandchildren.  She enjoys being a pastor's wife and serving alongside him in his ministry.  She has a heart for the Preschoolers who she teaches on Sunday mornings. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, traveling and reading.   

  • Sherri Emerson

    Financial & Membership Secretary

    Sherri has been with Ridgecrest as the Financial and Membership secretary since April 1995.  She graduated from the University of Alabama in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.  Sherri is married to Anthony Emerson.  They have one son, Carson, who is a student at Shelton State Community College. 

  • Carson Emerson

    Media and Design Assistant

    Carson grew up here at Ridgecrest Baptist.  He began working with the Audio/Visual team in 2018 helping with morning worship. He took advantage of opportunities as they arose to expand on his skills. He creates all presentations for our worship services as well as other activities held at the church. Beginning in the fall, he will attend Shelton State Community College where he plans to major in Graphic Design. He enjoys being a part of the college ministry and being able to call Ridgecrest his church home.