Our StaffMeet the Staff here at Tabernacle Baptist
Pastor Jeff Keffer
Pastor Jeff and his family were led by God to Ripley Tabernacle Baptist Church in the fall of 2002. For the previous 15 years they served at Mountain State Baptist in Summersville WV. They have worked with young people for many years. Pastor Jeff states, “My wife and I believe God led us here for a specific purpose. We love our church family and consider it a privilege to serve them.” His wife Denise is from Ripley and attended Ripley Baptist Temple. He is from Ravenswood and attended Second Baptist Church. They have twin daughters, Anna and Sara that are married and serving.
Pastor Matt Walton
Pastor Matt Walton is originally from Parkersburg, WV and attended Decatur Chapel Church growing up, as well as Jefferson Baptist Temple as an adult. He became a member of Ripley Tabernacle Baptist Church in 2019 after marrying his wife Jessica, who is a life-long member of RTBC. Pastor Matt surrendered to the Lord’s call to become Youth Pastor at RTBC in 2023 and enjoys serving the Lord through the Youth Ministry alongside his wife Jessica and daughter Josie.
Denise grew up in Ripley and has attended Ripley Tabernacle since 2002. Denise began working at Ripley Tabernacle as church secretary in the fall of 2008. She graduated from Heritage Christian Academy in Ravenswood, WV and went on to attend Parkersburg Community College. Denise is the wife of Pastor Jeff Keffer and they have two children, Anna and Sara.
Our HistoryA Look into the Beginning of Tabernacle Baptist
Ripley Tabernacle Church was organized on July 1, 1948 with the first service held in the home of C.W. Tolley. With continued growth, the church bought a plot of land on 2nd avenue on July 19, 1948.
Ground for a new building was broken on April 28, 1986. The original building was still used until construction was finished on the new auditorium. On September 21 of that year the new auditorium was completed and the first services were held inside. The new building was dedicated on May 18, 1987. The dedication messages were preached by Curtis Hutson and John Reynolds of the Sword of the Lord.
On April 7, 1991 ground was broken on a new 12,000 square foot education and office facility. It was ready for use with Sunday school classes being held on Sunday morning November 3, 1991, and the building was dedicated on November 10, 1991 by Rev. Orland Reynolds. The new building has served as a place to help spread the gospel and train both young and old alike.
He previously served as the youth director at Mountain State Baptist Church in Summersville, WV. He felt the Lord calling him into full time ministry soon after joining Ripley Tabernacle.
Ripley Tabernacle has grown in size and spirit under the leadership of Pastor Keffer over the past nine years.
Statement of FaithLearn Why We Believe What We Believe
II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21
Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, I Corinthians 8:6
Luke 1:30-55, John 1:1-15, Philippians 2:5-8
Mark 16:15, I Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 1:22-23
Genesis 2:16, Genesis 3:16-19, Romans 3:10-23, Romans 6:23
Sacrifice of Christ
Luke 24, Acts 1:9-11, Romans 5:8-10, I Peter 3:18
Matthew 24:29-42, I Thessalonians 4:16-18, Revelation 19:11-20:13