It was while Ralph was a student at Moody Bible Institute that he received a call to what in those days was called full-time Christian service.
After several years of pastoral ministry in New York State, in 1971 Ralph received the further call to urban ministry with Missions Door.
The focus of Ralphís ministry has been church planting. He has started three successful churches, is currently engaged in starting a fourth, and has had various levels of responsibility over the years in helping others start churches.
Ralph currently leads the Greater Boston Church-Planting Collaborative, which assists the church planting enterprise broadly in greater Boston.
The number of churches in Boston has nearly doubled in the last thirty years, with new churches started among many ethnic and linguistic groups. Missions Door has made a contribution to that multiplication of churches and expects to continue to do so in the future.
Ralph became a Christian at an evangelistic meeting while a student at the University of New Hampshire.
Judy became a Christian as a child. Judy completed twenty years of fruitful medical missionary work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Ralph lost Joanne, his wife of many years, to cancer in 1984. He and Judy were married in 1987.