JWR

John W. Ridley, Ph.D.

Dr. Ridley is a son of the mountains of South Carolina (yes, there are mountains there). From an early age, he developed a love of people and due to a poverty-stricken childhood, realized that it was good to be able to eat and to stay warm in the winter. The latter was learned while delivering newsp ...show more Dr. Ridley is a son of the mountains of South Carolina (yes, there are mountains there). From an early age, he developed a love of people and due to a poverty-stricken childhood, realized that it was good to be able to eat and to stay warm in the winter. The latter was learned while delivering newspapers at 5-6 AM for a number of years. These hardships honed his desire to pursue a vocation where he could assist others to obtain a better life, perhaps better than they had ever dreamed.

The author is now a retired professor and college administrator who has worked with the young and the not so young in counseling them to insure that their lives were secure from an educational, financial and spiritual perspective. With experience during the Vietnam war as an enlisted soldier and then Desert Storm, rising to the rank of Colonel, he has spent a lifetime of service to others faced with a wide variety of dissimilar challenges. This broad base of experience gives the author a unique blend of practical and academic experience with which to address many of the problem areas of many lives.

Many people need the supportive body of Christ, the Church, which can minister in a number of roles which the churches can fill. Unfortunately, most people never prepare for their life's work, but often just fall into a job and may never leave it, regardless of the undesirable characteristics of the position. This leaves them in a precarious position at retirement, where Social Security will not provide any level of security, nor was it intended to be the only retirement fund for those who are no longer working.

In part due to personal challenges in his life, Dr. Ridley sought and obtained a doctorate degree in Health and Human Services, where most of his education was obtained at the University of Georgia. As an author of several textbooks and one novel, the author then attended a number of financial seminars and church training groups which wereshow less

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