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. James Thomas
Worship Leader
(704) 847-9237
 
Music has always been a passion for James, and using the gift of music from God has always been a priority for him. James joined PPBC as the our Worship Leader in early 2022, and we have been privileged for him to bring his ministry to lead us. He has been an active participant in Christian music since he was younger growing up at FBC Matthews and participating as a student in worship, as well as leading worship at FBCM for several years. We are excited to see him continue his ministry here with us!
 
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
Associate Pastor of Family Ministries
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 while in college at First Baptist Church Matthews as Youth & College Intern, and then on staff in other great churches in Goose Creek SC, Greenville SC , and then in Hamlet NC before coming to lead our Student Ministries here at Pleasant Plains.
 
He is married to Kristen, who is from Summerville SC, and they have four children between the ages of 9 and 29 years old.  Aaron is 29, living in California, Allie is 21 and in Charleston SC, while Jenna is 11 and Cuyler is 9 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!  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, keeping 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