Meet Pastor Jonathan Riddle

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The son of an Episcopal priest I spent my life in and around the church, yet did not come to true understanding of the Gospel until my freshman year at Appalachian State University. A professor on campus shared the Gospel with me and discipled me until my graduation. During my time in Boone, N.C., my roommates and I started a Young Life Ministry in the local community which proved to be incredibly exciting. It was this experience that gave me a passion for ministry and seeing people come to Christ. Upon graduation I accepted a job as Youth Pastor at All Saints Church in Pawleys Island, S.C. There I met my wife Lisa and realized a call to ordained ministry. All Saints agreed to finance my seminary studies and I enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando in 1998. Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry began an Anglican Studies Program at RTS which enabled me to get a secondary degree along with my Masters of Divinity.

In 2001 I graduated and was ordained by Bishop John Howe in the Diocese of Central Florida. I accepted a call to serve as an Assistant Priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Melbourne. Three years later we left to join the Anglican Mission and we officially became Prince of Peace Anglican Church. Because of the unique calling of the mission, I ventured into church planting and founded a church in Fort Mill, SC in 2005. Those were some of the most exciting and challenging moments in our lives. We began in our living room with just our family; two years later found ourselves worshiping with ninety people in the local YMCA. Half were new believers and new to Anglicanism which made it enormously rewarding. Six years later I accepted a call to assist Christ the King Anglican Church in Boone, NC where I served until coming to The Church of the Cross in June 2012. In my free time I love spending time with my family, following the Carolina Panthers and cheering for my beloved Appalachian State Mountaineers. I’ve been married to Lisa since 1997, and we have six children: Sam, Will, Rachel Scott, Katie, Josiah and John Fielding .

Please email me, jriddle@thechurchofthecross.net or call (843-757-2661) if you'd like to talk or have questions.

Glorify God and enjoy Him forever,

Pastor Jonathan 


Some of my favorite authors...

  • Dr. Timothy J. Keller
  • Dr. J.I. Packer
  • Dr. John R.W. Stott
  • St. Augustine

Some of my favorite movies...

  • A River Runs Through It
  • God Grew Tired of Us
  • Tombstone
  • Crazy Heart
  • Forrest Gump

Favorite quotes...

What is the Chief End of Man?.... To Glorify God and Enjoy Him Forever!~ Westminster Shorter Catechism

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. ~ Jim Elliot

With great power comes great responsibility.~ Uncle Ben

I find your lack of faith....disturbing.~ Darth Vader

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. ~ St. Paul

"Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am weaker and more broken than I ever before believed, but, through you, I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope."~ Tim Keller

'As long as I live I'll hear the birds and the winds and the waterfalls sing. I'll interpret the rocks and learn the language of flood and storm and avalanche. I'll make the acquaintance of the wild gardens and the glaciers and get as near to the heart of this world as I could. And so I did. I sauntered about from rock to rock, from grove to grove, from stream to stream, and whenever I met a new plant I would sit down beside it for a minute or a day, to make its acquaintance, hear what it had to tell. I asked the boulders where they had been and whither they were going, and when night found me, there I camped. I took no more heed to save time or to make haste than did the trees or the stars. This is true freedom, a good, practical sort of immortality." ~John Muir