Southside Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at Southside is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

  • Seth Widner

    Lead Pastor

    Seth Widner is the husband of Melissa and the daddy of Judah & Ellie. He is passionate about loving Jesus, loving his neighbors and discipling others to do the same. His book 'One Flesh Revolution: Start, Strengthen & Sustain Marital Oneness' was published through Amazon in 2012. Seth loves to laugh, do yard work, watch favorite Hulu shows with Melissa, pick flowers with his daughter Ellie, fish, hike, watch Tennessee football and dominate his Perryville neighbors in basketball with his son, Judah. They are currently enjoying a 7 game winning streak.


    Contact: seth@sccky.org


  • Ronnie Ping

    Missions and Care Pastor

    Ronnie Ping serves in the areas of missions and pastoral care.

    He has been serving at Southside for 32 years. That's right...32!

    Ronnie has experienced the hand of the Lord in many ways during his time at Southside. His favorite  verse, Romans 8:28, continues to motivate him as Southside moves forward and he is passionate about seeing folks come to know the Lord in a deeper way. He also loves catching a few fish now and again.


    Contact: ronnie@sccky.org


  • Matthew Riley

    Youth Pastor

    Matthew Riley is Rachel’s husband and Piper’s daddy. He’s passionate about spending time with and encouraging students and young adults, and sharing the stories of Jesus with them. He loves spending time with his family, watching The Office reruns with his wife, and singing way too loud with Piper in his 4Runner. He really enjoy’s being outdoors hunting and fishing, the Cincinnati Reds and of course God’s favorite basketball team, the Kentucky Wildcats.  


    Contact: matthew@sccky.org


  • Mellissa Foster

    Children's and Middle School Ministry

    Mellissa is married to Jonathan and together they have three children; Jad, London and Barrett.  She finds pure joy in seeing children take root in who God created them to be.  Her passion is to see children along with their families grow to become bold followers of Jesus.  She loves partnering along side her husband to parent their three children, this is her greatest joy!


    Contact: mellissa@sccky.org

  • Jonathan Foster

    Worship Pastor

    Jonathan Foster is the husband of Mellissa and the father to Jad, London and Barrett.  He loves and is passionate about leading others into authentic worship.  He works with our volunteers and helps cultivate the worship culture at our church.  He loves spending time with his family, watching crime dramas with his wife and listening to music.  He is from Florida and is a die hard Jacksonville Jaguars fan and loves the Florida Gators.  He is not really outdoorsy, but given the chance and the right event, I am sure he would easily be swayed to join in.


    Contact: Jonathan@sccky.org



  • Cherie Chamberlain

    Early Childhood Ministry

    Cherie Chamberlain is the wife of Bret. She enjoys riding their Harley, jail ministry and spending time with their 7 grandchildren (and thei grown children also!). Her favorite sport is whatever the kids are playing and, by decree of marriage vows, she cheers for the Louisville Cardinals. She loves ministering to children and their families – not only here at Southside but also in the Burgin community where she teaches preschool. Jesus first, then others – Psalm 51:10-13.


    Contact: cherie@sccky.org

  • Donna Hicks

    Media Ministry

    Contact: donna@sccky.org

  • Kattie Jenkins

    Office Administrator

    Kattie is our office administrator here at Southside. She is married to her best friend Russell and is the mother of three beautiful girls, Ellie, Jemma and Leah. In her spare time she loves to hang out with friends, do Crossfit, watch her girls play ball and show cows. She is passionate about serving others and loves to go on the yearly youth mission trip to Shreveport, LA where she gets to love on the homeless people through a homeless shelter called The Hub. 


    Contact: kattie@sccky.org