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Pastor Ralph F. Wilson
- Made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ at age nine, the child of Christian parents.
Statement of Faith
- He is an evangelical Christian with an openness to the working of the Holy Spirit in our day. He agrees with the statement of faith of the National Association of Evangelicals, though he is not presently a member of that fine organization.
- He strongly believes in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as our authority for faith and practice.
- While he is an active member of a denomination, he believes in the essential unity of all believers in Jesus the Lord and is non-sectarian in his approach.
- Pioneered designing and teaching online interactive Bible studies since 1996, with up to 5,000 participants in a study.
- Authored 36 volumes in the JesusWalk® Bible Study Series, including JesusWalk: Discipleship Training in Luke's Gospel (2004, 2010) and JesusWalk: Beginning the Journey (2009) -- a discipleship program for new Christians. Most books are in paperback, Kindle, and PDF formats. The Bible studies are available free via e-mail.
- Since retirement, he serves on the Leadership Team and as a LifeGroup leader at Rock Harbor Covenant Church, Rocklin, California (2014-present)
- Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church of Nevada City, California (2010-2013)
- Ministry Development Pastor, Community Covenant Church, Rocklin, California (2004-2009)
- Community Outreach Pastor, Sierra Christian Church, Loomis, California (2002-2004)
- Church Planting Pastor, Church of the Live Oaks, Rocklin, California (1988-2001)
- Ordained under the auspices of the American Baptist Churches, USA (1977)
- Pastor, Lindley Ave. Baptist Church, Tarzana, California (1976-1988)
- Assistant Pastor, Arcadia Christian Center, Arcadia, California (1974-1976)
- Assistant Pastor, Bethesda Christian Church, Los Angeles, California (1967-68 and 1970-74)
- About 35% of online subscribers are outside the US.
- Two of his books have been reprinted by Christian Literature Centre in North East India. JesusWalk: Beginning the Journey has been translated into Spanish and is available in Kindle and PDF formats for distribution in Latin America. A partial translation has been made into the Tamil language (used in Malaysia).
- Since 2007, he has made four trips to western Kenya to train pastors.
- Doctor of Ministry (1984), Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California
- Master of Divinity (1976), Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California
- Bachelor of Arts, Biology (1967), Occidental College, Los Angeles, California
- Former editor and publisher, Web Marketing Today,® leading business e-mail newsletter on Internet marketing (1995-2012). Quoted in major new media, such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, etc.
- Author of more than a dozen books in the Internet marketing field, including Planning Your Internet Marketing Strategy (Wiley, 2001), and the massive The E-Mail Marketing Handbook (2003), and The Shopping Cart Report (2004), now out-of-print.
- Pastor Ralph has been painting watercolors since fall of 2012.
- He also plays the guitar. He has two -- a 1963 Martin 00-18 and a Taylor GS Mini.
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In-depth Bible study books
You can purchase one of Dr. Wilson's complete Bible studies in PDF, Kindle, or paperback format.
- 1, 2, and 3 John
- 1 Peter
- 2 Peter & Jude
- 1 & 2 Thessalonians
- 1 & 2 Timothy
- 1 Corinthians
- 2 Corinthians
- Abraham, Faith of
- Christ Powered Life (Romans 5-8)
- Christmas Incarnation
- Colossians and Philemon
- David, Life of
- Great Prayers of the Bible
- Jacob, Life of
- Jesus and the Kingdom of God
- JesusWalk: Beginning the Journey
- John's Gospel
- Lamb of God
- Lord's Supper
- Luke's Gospel
- Moses the Reluctant Leader
- Names and Titles of God
- Names and Titles of Jesus
- Resurrection and Easter Faith
- Sermon on the Mount
- Seven Last Words of Christ