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PRESIDENTIAL AWARD 2017
BISHOP DR. JONATHAN RAMSEY JR.
Passionate world renowned Pentecostal preacher
Bishop Dr. Jonathan Ramsey Jr. is a passionate world renowned Pentecostal preacher with a God given desire to reach the lost at any cost. He is a third generation member of the Church of God. His parents were pioneers in the state of Florida where they gave of themselves tirelessly for many years. Motivated by the call of God on his life and the example set by his parents and grandparents Bishop Ramsey continues to blaze a trail in the Christian community.
Dr. Ramsey is a graduate from Lee University. He then matriculated to the Church of God School of Theology where he received his Masters of Divinity. Later he furthered his studies and received a Licentiate of Theology from Overstone Theological Seminary. In May of 1996, he earned his Doctorate of Philosophy from the European Theological Seminary.
Bishop Ramsey started his first church in Nashville, Tennessee, with three persons, himself, his wife and one other. This church would eventually grow to a membership of over 70 people. He then pastored the Brick Church Pike, COG in Daniel, Florida and eventually was appointed pastor of the prestigious Cathedral Church of God in Florida where he served for 10 years. He pioneered major renovation projects, started a reading program, a food pantry and a strong singles and marriage ministry. This church also became one of the leading churches in monetary giving in the Church of God’s Florida, Cocoa office.
Dr. Ramsey has a wealth of knowledge having successfully served in the pastoral capacity for over 22 years. He is skilled in areas such as staff development, training, team building and Pastoral counseling. He is a lecturer, bible teacher and business administrator. He has been distinguished as the longest serving administrative bishop in the history of Southern New England Churches of God where he served five consecutive two-year terms. He previously served as the Administrative Bishop over Florida, Cocoa, where he raised funds in excess of $60,000 to offset costs of the camp grounds and existing mortgages in Florida.
Dr. Ramsey’s major accomplishments also include assisting in the acquisition and construction of nine churches in Southern New England. He established the first joint Camp Meeting between the Hispanic and the Southern New England Regional Offices. He achieved attendance in camp meetings reaching totals of 2,500. He relocated the regional offices from Massachusetts to Bloomfield, Connecticut and oversaw initial renovations.
Dr. Ramsey is a prolific preacher and teacher of the gospel. He is a well sought after speaker who has been granted the privilege of preaching all over the world from Venezuela to Brazil, Canada, England, India and several African nations including Ghana and South Africa. He has also ministered extensively throughout the Caribbean in Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands.
On December 29, 1984, Dr. Ramsey married the love of his life and college sweetheart, Reverend Laverne Ramsey. Their union has been blessed with three children: Ashley, Jonathan, and Nathan who are all actively involved in ministry.
Bishop Ramsey is currently pastoring the prestigious Rehoboth Church of God in Bloomfield, Connecticut, who is now celebrating their 50th year in ministry. He is a powerful preacher and teacher reaching out to those disenfranchised, those in crisis, and those needing to experience the love of God through Jesus the Christ.