Dr. Rocky Ramsey
Rocky Ramsey has been Senior Pastor of Corryton Church for over thirty years. His ministry began in 1984 when the church had only 200 attendees with the average age of the congregation being over 60 years old. During Rocky's tenure, the Church has grown from a small community church into an area-wide congregation of all ages. Today, Corryton has more than quadrupled in size with over a thousand members. Most of whom travel more than 30 minutes to attend a service.
The last thing that Dr. Ramsey ever expected was to become a pastor. Rocky lost his father at a very young age and grew up poor and angry. His life seemed to be totally out of control. In his teenage years, Rocky describes his life as 'wide open' and a time of 'giving himself to sin.' But through his high school years God began to bring Rocky to the point where he would surrender his life to Christ. Rocky has followed God since his senior year at Central High School.
Dr. Ramsey's real passion is for missionaries. Each year Corryton offers a free retreat to over a hundred IMB missionaries around the world. Read more about the Missionary Retreats here: READ. Corryton has been in the top 200 churches of nearly 44,000 in giving to the International Mission Board and to the North American Mission Board over the past several years.
Rocky has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Divinity Degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Luther Rice Seminary. As a lifelong learner, Rocky reads avidly and attends several seminars each year to remain relevant to our ever-changing culture.
Rocky has been married to his wife Betsy since 1980. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. In addition to riding motorcycles with Betsy, Rocky is an avid tennis player.
Rocky's Favorite Scripture: "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." - 2 Corinthians 5.21
Saved sinners who are close to God feel a lot more like sinners than do lost sinners who don't know God.