About Deacon Ralph and his Ministry
Dcn. Ralph has been in full time ministry since 1984. He brings with him a wealth of experience in Parish ministry, having served as a Youth Minister in three parishes ranging from 600-3,100 families. In addition to his youth ministry experience, he also served as Director of Faith Formation for 7 years. He was responsible for all catholic education from cradle to grave.
His thirty plus years of experience in Youth Ministry has helped Dcn. Ralph develop a preaching/teaching style that is capable of captivating youth and penetrating adults with the truth of the Gospel.
He has an undergrad degree in Scripture from Taylor University, and graduate work towards a Pastoral Ministries degree. In 2004 Dcn. Ralph heard the call form the Lord to depart from his parish in Raleigh and establish New Evangelization Ministries (NEM). This parish consulting ministry seeks to serve parishes by helping their leadership with training on Evangelization and Discipleship so that they may more effectively evangelize their own parishioners and lead them into functioning Disciples of Jesus Christ. He has spoken at Diocesan and other Youth Conferences and Conventions, Men’s and Women’s Conferences, Parish Staff Retreats, Diocesan Staff Retreats, Priest/Deacons Conferences, Parish Missions, Youth Ministry Leader and Youth Retreats, Parent Confirmation Workshops, Parent Retreats, Catechist and Youth Leader Training Retreats, and College Campus Presentations.
His thirty plus years of experience in Youth Ministry has helped Dcn. Ralph develop a preaching/teaching style that is capable of captivating youth and penetrating adults with the truth of the Gospel. His frequent use of humor, visual props as illustrations, personal testimony, and a hard hitting, no nonsense passionate style of communication has led him to become a popular speaker around the country. His desire is to be a “tool of the moment” for the Holy Spirit and allow God to use him to speak to the hearts and minds of his audience. He tells it like it is and brings the Scriptures down to the lived experience of those listening.
Grounding Dcn. Ralph in this ministry is his own relationship with the Lord, through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is blessed and supported by his wife Susan and five daughters and one son (In-law but he is loved as Deacon’s own son). Dcn. Ralph is committed to prayer and has consecrated his ministries to the Blessed Mother who is the premier Evangelist and Disciple of Jesus. In his preparations for every presentation, he gives all his efforts to his Mother Mary that she might perfect them and give them to her Son.
What you will get in Dcn. Ralph is an honest attempt to serve as requested and as the Spirit leads him. He is very approachable and tries not to be “high maintenance.” You will find from his pricing information that Dcn. Ralph is not focused on the money and frankly lives on the providence of the Lord. He understands that ministry should always be based on the call of God and not the money in the bank. He invites those who call on his services to join him in trusting the Lord for all their needs.