Kimberly Ridley is a native of Portsmouth, VA and matriculated through their public school system. She accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. She selected Hampton University for her undergraduate studies and received a degree in Accounting and later earned a Masters of Divinity from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate at United Theological Seminary, which is based in Dayton, Ohio.
Rev. Ridley was licensed and ordained at the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond, VA under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Lance D. Watson where she served faithfully in lay leadership and on the professional staff for several years. In 2015 she was selected to be a part of the Engle Fellowship of Preaching at Princeton School of Theology in Princeton, New Jersey and became an esteemed Engle Fellow. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women and sits on the board of directors for CID, Inc. (Community in Development).
Pastor Ridley believes in being relevant with revelation and giving God her best in marriage, motherhood, and ministry. She is a passionate preacher, revivalist, conference teacher and workshop facilitator. By God’s grace, she is the founding pastor and visionary of The Light Community Church (called “The Light”), which began in 2010. Since that time, the church has grown exponentially and spiritually, and has established several partnerships to promote community collaboration and elevation. Pastor Ridley and The Light Community Church have the kingdom honor of being given a church building and three acres of land for free, after only three years of ministry. This miraculous story has been shared in local and national publications.
She is the author of her first book of spiritual revelation concepts: A Little R and R: Extraordinary Revelations from God in the Middle of Ordinary Life, and the Chief Visionary Officer of Divine Shine Ministries, LLC, a Christian consulting company designed to equip people to live abundantly and authentically. She shares her life and ministry in Richmond, VA with her husband, Kevin and their two children.