Doug and Marsha grew up in separate, relatively rural parts of Pennsylvania and met the first day of their freshman year at Penn State. Having accepted Jesus’ saving grace as a teen, Marsha helped Doug as a young adult reconnect with God and His church. For nearly 30 years, they’ve been partners on a journey of learning how to be growing Christians during times of joy and struggle.
Their service to God and His church began in suburban Philadelphia during the early 1990s and reflected a budding interest in both helping children grow in their faith and serving the needs of the community. In 2004, the Ripkey family, including their two children - Carrie and Alex, moved to Wisconsin as part of God plan for a life change. Attracted by strong biblical teaching and vibrant children's programming, they’ve been attending LakeView ever since their move. Individually and as a family, they’ve continued to have a heart for helping others grow deeper in their understanding who Jesus is and reaching out into the community to help meet people's practical needs. In his second term as an Elder, Doug’s focus is on helping LakeView successfully respond to its unique calling from God.