David J. Ridges taught for the Church Educational System for thirty-five years and taught for several years at BYU Campus Education Week. He taught adult religion classes and Know Your Religion classes for BYU Continuing Education for many years. He has also served as a curriculum writer for Sunday School, seminary, and institute of religion manuals.
He has served in many callings in the Church, including Gospel Doctrine teacher, bishop, stake president, and patriarch. He and Sister Ridges have served two full-time, eighteen-month senior CES missions. He has written over twenty books on gospel subjects, including verse-by-verse study guides for most of the standard works of the Church.
Brother Ridges and his wife, Janette, are the parents of six children and have twelve grandchildren so far. They make their home in Springville, Utah.