Pastor Ralph Ford
ASSOCIATE PASTOR | EVANGELISM
Pastor Ralph Ford is a son of South Central. He grew up in Louisville, KY. And attended the Historic Magazine St. SDA Church. His parents James E. and Carolyn Ford raised him in a Christian home. Music was such a vibrant part of Pastor Ford’s home life; he became a choir director at age 14, writing and arranging many of the songs that were sung. He was Minister of Music there for many years.
He had a formal Christian education at Emma L. Minnis Academy, graduated from New Albany High School. He attended Indiana University Southeast where he studied psychology, and became a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Shortly afterwards, God called him into the Literature Ministry, for fulltime employment. He was very successful from the start and eventually became Associate Publishing Director in Kentucky for South Central Conference. He received certification in Christian Ministry at Black Hills Mission College, in Black Hills, South Dakota.
While in the literature work he fell in love with giving bible studies and winning souls to Jesus and was instrumental in starting the New Life SDA Church in Louisville, KY. Eventually he left Louisville and became the Evangelism Coordinator for Pastor Robert L. Davis, in Charlotte, NC. At the Berean SDA Church where they baptized 150 souls in 2 short years. From there he went with Pastor Davis to Berean SDA Church in Baton Rouge Louisiana where God blessed them with many souls. While there for a year, he was picked up by the Southwest Region Conference as a Bible Instructor and was sent to Houston, TX. His job was to set up a Bible Instructors Guild in that city, training bible workers in every church. During his 5 ½ years there God called him into pastoral ministry to his great surprise. He was placed as interim Pastor at the New Life SDA Church for almost a year and engaged the small church in soul winning. In that time they baptized 13 new souls. Although Pastor Ford admits he never wanted to be a pastor, God made it clear He had other plans and now Ford says he loves it.
He is married to LaTonya Blakey Ford and together they have 4 children, Nicol Ford, de-Evelyne Farrell, Carrie Ford and Ralph Jefferson Ford Jr. (RJ)