Rev. Stephen Ramsdell is currently the President of God is Big Enough Ministries. God is Big Enough Ministries is an incorporated non-profit ministry built around the theme of God is Big Enough for any circumstance, including the local church. This ministry is designed to assist a local pastor in building a healthy church that grows with hope and faith at its core.
Rev. Stephen Ramsdell was born on March 17th, 1953 in San Angelo, Texas, and is the oldest son of an Air Force Officer.
Pastor Steve as he is called, is married to Susan Oakes Ramsdell. Susan is a gifted musician who is proficient with piano, organ, bells and the flute. She is a graduate of Mary Hardin Baylor with a degree in elementary education.They have three children and five grandchildren.
Pastor Steve graduated from Southwestern in 1979 with a degree in Christian Ministry, followed by a Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.
He served in the United States Navy in the Area of Photographic Intelligence during the Viet Nam Era, serving on board an air craft carrier the USS John F. Kennedy.
Steve has pastored United Methodist Churches all over Central Texas and just retired from full time active ministry in 2017. He spent the last 20 years as the Senior Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Waco. First United Methodist Church was one of the 100 largest United Methodist Churches in the country. He currently is President of God is Big Enough Ministries and through this ministry does clergy coaching as well as connecting local churches to resources to encourage growth and health in the local church.
He was awarded the Outstanding Local Church award in 1985 by the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Morris walker Award in 1994 and the Harry Denman Evangelism award in 2013. Along with many others awards and recognitions he began the God is Big Enough movement, which includes a God is Big Enough wrist band that can be seen all over the world in many colors and styles. . The idea and application of the wrist band began while he was undergoing cancer treatments at MD Anderson in 2010.
Pastor Steve loves the local church, his family and his friends. He is passionate about preaching the Good News, loves to hit the gym, enjoys exercise, gardening and dotes on his grandchildren. He cares about local congregations and their pastors.
His philosophy of ministry is , “Everyone is invited.” “Everyone is included.” And “Anything is possible.”
God is Big Enough Ministries begins with a conversation designed to discover opportunities inherent in every local church. Topics might include, age level support, pastoral care, evangelism, discipleship, leading staff and volunteers, conflict resolution, preaching and casting a vision. You'll be assisted with connections to resources and professionals in carefully chosen priority areas that will put you on the road to real success in your ministry. Success that includes spiritual strength for you and your church as well as growth in numberes. Success in every area is nothing that needs an apology. God is Big Enough to help you see success in your church. There are five ministry professionals on the GIBE team will will lean in as well to encourage and provide resources and guidance for your ministry.
Amy Nicholson - Children's Ministry.
Amy has been involved in leading children's ministries for many years and she led a church that averaged 1400 in worship attendance as the children's pastor for five years and grew the ministry spiritually and in numbers.
Brandon Frenzel - Student ministry and leadership .
Brandon is a consummate professional in student ministry and leadership. He has been successful as an ordained minister for many years and is an expert in building teams to grow these ministries spiritually and in numbers.
Bill Brooks- Contemporary Worship.
Bill has been involved in contemporary worship for over 25 years. He has created new teams, facilitated established teams, and is an accomplished musician and is a gifted vocalist. He is equipped to help you take your worship team to a new and more exciting place.
Debbie Marable - Prayer ministry
Debbie has a heart for the local church and has a desire to pray for the needs of pastors and their local churches. She has a team of prayer partners who will pray for you and your church along with specific needs and requests.
Mentorship is a biblical key to growing a church —God is Big Enough Ministries can help you take the necessary steps to grow your church into the healthy, vibrant congregation that can help shape lives and our world for the better. While many ministries will come to your church and charge a large fee and take over the visioning and leadership of your congregation, God is Big Enough Ministries is designed to take the lead pastor and a select group of leaders to a place where they can engage in visioning and leading of their own congregation so they are fully equipped for long term and sustainable ministry. When the church works the way God intends, and ministry is built upon wisdom and spirit, great results are assured. God is Big Enough to help in this amazing journey. God is Big Enough Ministries only receives voluntary donations to the ministry which means there is not a contractual fee up front. As the church grows and has success, donations to the God is Big Enough Ministries Foundation will be gratefully received. These gifts will make it possible to help more churches with resources and expertise that can be difficult to afford in the beginning of this process.
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