meet OUR staff

Bayside Chapel Pastor Dave Ridder

Dave Ridder

Senior Pastor

Dave and his wife, Diane, are transplants from the Midwest. They came to us from St. Paul, Minnesota, where Dave led Bethel Seminary as Dean from 2007 to 2011. While there, he also taught preaching and ministry leadership courses. Prior to his time at Bethel, Dave and Diane resided in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where Dave served for 23 years as the Senior Pastor of Grace Point Church in Newtown. They've raised a family of three children (now married adults), so they know something about the joys and challenges of parenting. Diane can be found as one of the smiling faces at Barnegat Public Library. Dave earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

Bayside Chapel Pastor Ken Carlson

Ken Carlson

assistant pastor

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ken lived in other locations in the state and in Pennsylvania, before his family relocated to New Jersey in 2004. Ken enjoys Mixed Martial Arts, guitar, drums, bass and all things Disney. He married his high school sweetheart, Laura, in 2010, and they have two daughters: Olivia, born in October 2013, and Elizabeth, born in August 2015. Laura works as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Southern Ocean Medical Center. Ken’s areas of oversight here at Bayside includes the Connecting and Discipleship Departments, so whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned “Baysider”, chances are you will get to know Ken. He also serves on the Worship Team and is a regular on the Preaching Team. Ken earned his Master of Arts in degree from Capital Seminary and Graduate School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Bayside Chapel Pastor Joe Faraldi

Joe Faraldi

Assistant Pastor

Joe grew up in Bergen County NJ. Before God called him into ministry in 1998, he was a music educator for 16 years. He holds Master’s degree from Montclair University. He has served as Director of Worship Ministries at Grace Immanuel Bible Church in Jupiter Florida for 3 years, and at Jacksonville Chapel in North Jersey for 10 years.  Since coming to Bayside in 2001 as Assistant Pastor, Joe has overseen the Worship Arts Ministry, small groups, and has led a number of short-term mission’s trips to Romania.  Presently he serves as Pastor of Care, oversees our Senior Adult Ministry, Bayside’s “Recovery Groups, and works with our new “Freedom from Addiction” ministry. Joe coordinates Bayside Chapel’s team of “Coaches” which provides Christ-Centered Mentorship. He also provides Pastoral Counseling.  Joe is married to Pat and they have two adult children, Chris and Kara.  Joe’s passion is to minister the Gospel to the church so that God’s people would know ALL that it means to be in Christ. (Gal. 2:20)

Bayside Chapel Pastor Nick Daleo

Nick Daleo

Worship Arts Pastor

Nick has been married to Tracey since 1992, and they have three beautiful children: Jackie, Anthony, and Nicholas. He and his family have been members of Bayside Chapel since 2003. As the one who oversees the Worship Arts Department, Nick is the one you will most often find leading us during the time of singing on Sunday mornings. He also leads and coordinates the Creative Arts team and he is the one behind all of the cool media and print you see at Bayside.

Bayside Chapel Pastor James Carson

James Carson

Operations Pastor

James and his wife Anna moved to New Jersey and joined Bayside in 2006. James began serving on the tech team soon after joining Bayside and in 2018 took on the position of Operations Pastor, giving oversight to the administrative and custodial staff, and providing cohesion to the wide variety of communications channels the church utilizes. James also oversees all things tech related, such as the audio, video, and lighting for our worship services and special events.  James and Anna have 2 amazing children Fenway (Go Red Sox!) and Lucas. They enjoy bringing up their kids as a part of the Bayside family. James received his Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies degree at Grace Evangelical College and his Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bayside Chapel Tiffany Stoltzfus

Tiffany Stoltzfus

Director of Children's Ministry

Tiffany and her husband Tristan moved from Virginia in 2010 to join the staff here at Bayside. Tiffany graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Religion. She then went on to Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary to earn her Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry. Tiffany and Tristan have two young children, Jaxon and Adaleigh, who spend many hours at Bayside and love to consider this their second home. As the Children's Ministry Director, Tiffany oversees the children's programming on Sunday mornings, provided for newborns on through sixth grade. She also directs the Wednesday Night children's programming, our annual Vacation Bible School (VBS), and other various kid/family events throughout the year. Her desire is to reach children with the good news of Jesus and to disciple them to serve Him.

Bayside Chapel Brian Preiser

Brian Preiser

Director of Student MinistrIES

Brian joined the team at Bayside Chapel in 2016 as the Director of Student Ministries. In this role, he oversees student outreach and programming focused on middle school and high school students as well as community partnerships to help at-risk youth. Brian and his wife Danielle graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Church Ministries: Youth Ministries and Master of Arts in Christian Ministries: Leadership. He is currently studying towards his Master of Science in Family Studies: Christian Counseling at Amberton University. He is excited and passionate about reaching youth with the Gospel and won’t stop until “every student knows Jesus.”

Bayside Chapel Kelly Longfield



Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kelly moved to New Jersey in 2001 and quickly realized that Bayside would be her home. Kelly takes care of the bookkeeping needs at Bayside as well as many of the office administrative duties. She studied business in college and is certified in Quickbooks. Kelly enjoys volleyball, dancing, and spending time with her two adult daughters, Liz and Erica. She also counts it as a blessing to be able to volunteer with Youth Group here at Bayside Chapel. If you really want to get Kelly talking, ask her about her passion for line dancing.

Bayside Chapel Mike Brackeen



Mike and his wife Patti have been members of Bayside since 2010. They have four adult children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren. Mike's hard work and dedication make a tremendous difference on providing us with a safe, clean, and inviting environment on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. Next time you see him in the halls stop by and say hello! 

Bayside Chapel Tracy Geresy

Tracy Geresy

Administrative Assistant

Tracy joined the team as an Administrative Assistant in 2017. She loves worship music, coffee and spending time with her family. She and her husband Jim have been married since 1994. They have two children, Becca and Jimmy, and a grandson they just LOVE to spoil.  Tracy and Jim have been members of Bayside since 2009 and have been involved in various areas of ministry here since. Currently, Tracy serves on the Bayside Women Leadership Team and Jim serves on the Tech Team.

Bayside Chapel Anna Carson

Anna Carson

Nursery Coordinator

Anna and her husband James have been attending Bayside since the fall of 2006.  They have two elementary age children.  Anna enjoyed serving on the tech team for many years before transitioning to the position of Nursery Coordinator.  Anna has a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and teaches at Lighthouse Christian Academy.


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Sam Doncaster

Dave Murdock