The Passing of a Prophet
Throughout his ministry, Dr. Kenneth Ridings was a living legend among Baptist preachers. His exceptional homiletical skills placed him in the category of such notable expository preachers as Stephen Olford, Ron Dunn, and Adrian Rogers. His legacy as a pastor, professor, and previous president of Fruitland Baptist Bible College will continue throughout the years as we build on the foundation that he laid. Today, Dr. Ridings has joined the other heroes of the faith in “that great cloud of witnesses” and he is cheering the rest of us on!
–Dr. David Horton, current President of Fruitland Baptist Bible College
Fruitland Baptist Bible College is sad to announce the passing of a prophet and man of God, former president Dr. Kenneth Ridings.
Dr. Ridings was was born and reared in Fingerville, SC, and began teaching at Fruitland in 1968. He was professor of homiletics for over forty years. His devotion to expository preaching made a tremendous impact on the pulpit ministry of many pastors around North Carolina and surrounding states.
While teaching homiletics at Fruitland, Dr. Ridings was pastor of several churches in Western North Carolina. He served as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina and was pastor for over twenty years at Grassy Branch Baptist Church in Asheville, North Carolina. He also served as Vice-President of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
In the fall of 1997, Dr Ridings became the seventh president of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute. As president of Fruitland, Dr. Ridings continued to affect the preaching in and around North Carolina. He presided over the building of the Randy Kilby Memorial Library as well as the expansion of the chapel. The new chapel was named “The Kenneth W. Ridings Chapel for Biblical Preaching” to honor his dedication to expository preaching. Dr. Ridings and his wonderful wife, Ann, served as a second mother and father to many students while serving as president and first lady at Fruitland.
Thousands of people throughout the Convention are a witness to the grace of God working in the life of Dr. Kenneth Ridings as he faithfully trained hundreds of pastors. His influence on the pastors and churches of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is immeasurable.