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Our Leadership

The mission of St. Annis is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples throughout all the nations by means of missionary activity and support, to minister the ordinances, to edify believers, and to do all that is sovereignly possible and biblically permissible to magnify the name of Jesus.
Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Pastor Will, Senior Pastor

Elder Wilbert “Will” Ridgley Jr  has been preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ for nearly thirty years and is a well sought after bible expositor and trainer. He has been the Senior Pastor at St. Annis for almost three years. He is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, where he attended Morgan State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Family Bible Institute & College of Divinity.  He is the son of Zetella Ridgley and the late Wilbert Ridgley Sr., and the great-great-grandson of the late Rev. Louis Ridgley, founder of the Historic Ridgley United Methodist Church in Prince George’s County, Maryland, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Elder Ridgley is a former lobbyist for the water and sewer industry, retiring in 2006 after more than 27 years of service. In August 2012, Elder Ridgley was licensed by Elder Eugene Johnson as a minister in the Primitive Baptist Church, and in February 2014, he was ordained as an Elder by Moderator Charles L. Hendley.

Elder Ridgley is an avid golfer and resides in DeLand with his wife Sundria.  He is the father of Nathan, Natalie, the late Sadie Ruth and Araminta Sedna Ruth, and Wilbert III.


Elder Eugene Johnson, Pastor Emeritus

Elder Johnson was pastor of  St. Annis for 27 years. To recognize his faithful service, honor, and integrity as shepherd, St. Annis bestowed upon him the title of Pastor Emeritus to demonstrate our respect and gratitude.
By God’s grace and Elder Johnson leadership, St. Annis grew both spiritually and financially.  Some of the accomplishments are as follows: fellowship hall was finished and completely furnished, Edna Mack & Hattie Nichols Scholarship Fund was established, purchased a fifteen passenger van, completed an addition, which connects Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall, which includes six classrooms, Pastor’s study and lounge, five restrooms, secretary’s and finance offices and closets, Young Christian Women Auxiliary and Male Usher Board was organized and Mary E Jones Scholarship Fund was established and etc.   
Pastor Johnson continues to stay connected to St. Annis and is a frequent visitor. He is married to Nekevia Johnson. 

Elder William Brown, Men’s Ministry and Transportation Ministry

Rev. William Brown was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he attended Guildford Technical Institute. He accepted Christ on March 12, 1983 and later joined Garden of Prayer Baptist Church, where he was ordained as a deacon in 1986. He was licensed to preach the gospel in 1989and was ordained in 2001. He served as Pastor of Patillo Church in Burlington, North Carolina from 2002 to 2005, and later founded Grace and Mercy Ministry, serving from August 2010 through September 2016, when he relocated to DeLand, Florida. Rev. Brown has been employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 20 years. He is a former member of the War Memorial Coliseum Commission and the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects, as well as a former youth football, basketball, and baseball coach, youth mentor, and family services coordinator. Rev. Brown has earned certificates in hermeneutics, homiletics, and teaching the word. He is married to the former Carol Wright King.


Evangelist Jacqueline Von Casminski, Christian Education Director and Women’s Ministry

Evangelist Jacqueline Casminski graduated from college in 1981 and received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Grades 1-6 from Harris-Stowe State University, Saint Louis, Missouri and later earned a Masters Degree in Reading, K-12 from Stetson University, DeLand, Florida, 2005. She has enjoyed being an educator for the last 35 years which spans over the states of Missouri, Louisiana, and Florida. Evangelist Jacqueline Casminski joined Saint Annis Primitive Baptist Church and was baptized under the leadership of Elder Eugene Johnson in 1992. As a church member of SAPBC, she served as the Superintendent of Sunday School, Primary Sunday School teacher, a member of the Young Christian Women Auxiliary, and Choir #2. Evangelist Jacqueline Casminski realized and accepted the call of God on her life, through the Holy Spirit, to preach His Gospel (2003) under the leadership, guidance, and instruction of Pastor Elder Eugene Johnson. She continues to strive to serve God and to live in His perfect will through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Evangelist Jacqueline Casminski is the wife of Deacon Gary Casminski, the mother of two, Daymein and Eugenia, and the grandmother of three (Theque, Oria, and Bella). She was born in Saint Louis, Missouri and claims close family ties to Georgetown, Kentucky.