Pastor Ralph has served the Lord in full time ministry for 20 years. He began his ministry in his home church (Sherwood Forest Baptist Church in Rome, GA) as youth minister and when his pastor retired he became the pastor. He served the Lord there for 15 years. He moved in 2008 and became Senior Pastor of Eastanallee Baptist Church in Riceville, TN where he served the Lord for three and a half years. Then in 2012 he came to Grace Baptist Church where he serves currently as our Lead Pastor. Pastor Ralph likes to say that “Grace is more than a name, it’s who we are.” Pastor Ralph is married to Tammy and frequently lets others know his love for her and how God has used her in his life. They have been married for over 30 years and have one daughter (Mary Ann Carver) and son-in-law (Billy Carver) who is more of a son than a son-in-law. His family has first place in his life and he takes great joy and pleasure in spending time with them. Pastor Ralph attended Model High School in Rome, GA, graduating in 1978. He attended Local 613 electrical school and worked as an electrician until entering the ministry in 1992. He attended Covington Theological Seminary where he obtained his doctorate in ministry degree in 2002.