Ralph has served in Boston with Missions Door since 1971. While his main focus has been church planting, his ministry has often extended those bounds. For example, Ralph is thankful for many years being an Adjunct Professor at Gordon-Conwell Seminary Boston campus: teaching Church Planting and teaching Critical Thinking for Effective Ministry. Currently the population of Boston is significantly growing and changing, becoming mostly high-end gentrified. Ralph is working to assure Boston believers that God’s vision for Boston is bigger than their visions for Boston. In various ways, Ralph helps the community adjust by continual service.
In 1955, Ralph accepted Christ while a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire. An evangelist preaching in a church building brought me to faith in Jesus. He had never heard the gospel before that day. Ralph’s wife, Judy, since 1987, became a believer while only eight years old. The two met while Judy, a nurse, midwife and teacher, was finishing her ministry in Congo with the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society (now World Venture). Judy raised up local Congolese to replace her, and is still in touch with some of these Congolese people.
The social climate of the 1960’s iswhat pulled Ralph into urban ministry. In 1960, he moved to upstate New York to become a youth pastor and then a pastor. He got involved in some of the key social issues America was facing in those days. All this led him to apply to Missions Door to become an urban missionary.
Ralph married Joanne Paige in 1958, after they both finished Moody Bible Institute. They shared two children, a daughter, Doreen and a son, Dana. Joanne died of cancer in 1984, after giving her whole, earthly life for the Lord.
Ralph and Judy were then married in 1987. Judy and Ralph’s two children are very close.
Moody Bible Institute
University of New Hampshire, BA