Meet Our Staff
& Leadership Team
Our mission at PPBC is to reach every person in our community with the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help bring them to Christian maturity through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word.
 
To assist believers in discovering God’s purpose for them in His church and move them from membership to active ministry utilizing the spiritual gifts God has given them for His glory and the advancement of His Kingdom.
 
Rev. Ronald C. Riddley
Senior Pastor
Phone:  (704) 847-9237
 
Pastor Ron has served as Senior Pastor of Pleasant Plains Baptist Church since 2003. He has a God given gift to communicate the message of the gospel with great clarity. He shares the Word with great passion and candid application as he encourages his listeners to deepen their walk with Christ.
 
Pastor Ron graduated from Berea High School in Greenville, SC, The University of South Carolina, Erskine Theological Seminary, and the Billy Graham School of Evangelism. He has pastored two churches in South Carolina and two in North Carolina. He also served eight years as the Missions Pastor at First Baptist Church of Indian Trail, in NC.
 
Pastor Ron’s mission ministry has led him to over fifty countries around the world. Those missions included crusades, local church revivals, youth school ministry, construction ministry, medical teams, and one on one evangelism. He serves on the board of “Training Pastors International”, and through that ministry has trained pastors in Africa. Through “Advancing Native Missions”, and their “Barnabas” program, Pastor Ron has trained Pastors in India and surrounding countries. Most missions included training and leading teams to assist and minister around the world.
 
Though he has led ministry efforts around the world, he also believes that ministry across the street is an integral part of the “Great Commission”. His motto is “God’s heart our “beat”, around the world and across the street!
 
He has a love for people and is always open to helping those who seek Spiritual guidance.
 
He is married to Jan, has a son Josh, and a daughter Kayla, and three grandchildren who bring much joy to the family.
Mr. Andrew Hartis
Minister of Music
(704) 847-9237
 
Music has always been a passion for Andrew, and using the gift of music from God has always been a priority for him. Andrew  joined PPBC as the full time Pianist in 2005, and since that time has held the position of Minister of Music a few times. He has been an active participant in Christian music since he was 6 years old, starting with playing the piano by ear. He feels blessed by the Lord with this ministry for the purpose of praise and worship and to help lead others to do the same.
 
Mrs. Robin Pruette
Weekday Preschool Director
Phone:  (704) 847-9237
 
Mrs. Robin Pruette has been the Director of the Pleasant Plains Preschool for 30 years. After studying Early Childhood Education at Central Piedmont Community College, Robin initially worked as a teacher in the preschool program at Weddington United Methodist Church for three years prior to beginning work as a teacher at the Pleasant Plains Preschool in 1990.  Robin’s love for children, along with her passion for teaching children in a Christian-based setting, has inspired her over the years to build a vibrant, comprehensive, not-for-profit preschool program, which is a children’s  ministry of Pleasant Plains Baptist Church. 
Rev. Drew Stables
Minister to Students 
Phone:  (704) 847-9237
 
Drew and his family started serving with PPBC in February of 2020.  Drew was born and raised in Charlotte, NC where he attended South Mecklenburg High School.  He graduated with  a B.A. in Religion from Mars Hill College and a Masters in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. 
 
Drew has previously served at First Baptist Church Matthews as Youth & College Intern, at First Baptist Church Goose Creek in Goose Creek SC as Youth Pastor, at Berea First Baptist Church in Greenville SC as Student Minister, and at Second Baptist Church of Hamlet in Hamlet NC as Associate Pastor of Family Ministries.
 
He is married to Kristen, who is from Summerville SC, and they have four children between the ages of 8 and 28 years old.  Aaron is 28, living in California, Allie is 20 and in Charleston SC, while Jenna is 10 and Cuyler is 8 and they enjoy being a part of PPBC! 
Mrs. Debbie Simono
Office Administrator
Phone:  (704) 847-9237
 
After living in various regions of our country, Debbie settled in Charlotte, graduating from South Mecklenburg High School.  We’re glad she stayed around, and PPBC was fortunate when she came to join our staff 14 years ago, as she is the first contact you will make when you call or come visit us here during the week at Pleasant Plains.  She oversees all of our day to day operations and handles numerous responsibilities, AND keeps our staff team functioning efficiently.
 
She is married to Steve Simono, a retired Law Enforcement Officer and together they have three children, Matt, Kevin & Ashley.  Matt is serving our country in the Air Force, Kevin is in home improvement work while Ashley is finishing her degree at UNC Wilmington.
Deacon Ron Pruette
Deacon Josh Hawkins
 
Deacon Bo Shoemaker
Deacon Chris Daniels
Deacon Dan Howard
Deacon Don Locklear
Deacon Don Blankenberg
Deacon Paul Howard
Deacon TBD