Combining the Shine for Couples!
While as an ordained minister at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, Dr. Ridley was one of the facilitators for their pre-marital group sessions. She also conducted pre-marital counseling sessions for those requesting her to officiate their wedding.
She continues to counsel couples as a full time pastor at the Light Community Church. She has counseled and officiated weddings for many couples of all ages, races and stages: from first marriages, second marriages, blended family situations, and those in the golden years of life. Her youngest couple was 19 and 21 and the oldest were in their 70’s when they said I DO! Wedding locations have included church sanctuaries, community centers, and destination weddings, traditional and nontraditional services. Her counseling sessions are always planned, but the concerns of the couple direct the conversation. She uses the Bible, her sense of humor, personal experience and cues from the couple to ensure she is customizing conversations so that each couple will have tools to successfully navigate marriage.
Married for twenty years, her husband also joins her for one of the sessions. Her couples can attest: she does not choose sides because she wants the couple to WIN!