About Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Dr. Ralph F. Wilson is the Director of Joyful Heart Renewal Ministries, and writes nearly all the material on his various websites. He has an intense interest in using the Internet to teach the Bible and to train disciples.

Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
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Internet Ministry

Pastoral Ministry

  • JesusWalk: Beginning the Journey (2009), by Dr. Ralph F. WilsonSince retirement, he and his wife are active at Rock Harbor Covenant Church, Rocklin, California (2014-present). He has served as an usher and on the Leadership Team, and presently serves as a member of the Communication Team and as a discipler.
  • 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).

Overseas Ministry

  • About 45% 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 five trips to western Kenya to train pastors.

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.


  • 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
  • In addition, Dr. Wilson has taken numerous courses in art, graphic design, and particularly watercolor at Sierra College and local adult education offerings.

Internet Marketing

  • Planning Your Internet Marketing Strategy, by Dr. Ralph F. WilsonFounder, editor, and publisher, Web Marketing Today,® pioneer business e-mail newsletter on Internet marketing (1995-2012), with circulation up to 150,000. Also editor and publisher of Doctor Ebiz® and Web Commerce Today® newsletters.
  • Featured in many marketing reviews, quoted in national and international news media, such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Financial Times, etc.
  • Author of more than a dozen books in the Internet marketing field, including Planning Your Internet Marketing Strategy (Wiley, 2001; also in Russian and Japanese), as well as two massive books: The E-Mail Marketing Handbook (2003) and The Shopping Cart Report (2004), now out-of-print.
  • Spoke in England, Germany, and Israel on Internet marketing, at many major industry conferences in the United states (1997-2012).
  • Primary speaker at numerous one-day conferences on Internet marketing in major US cities (2001-2006) -- New York, Boston, Atlanta, Washington DC, Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco (produced by Wilson Internet Services)
  • Recipient of the Tenaga Award for Internet Marketing Excellence (2001).
  • Co-author of numerous Internet marketing articles in academic journals.


  • Painting watercolors since fall of 2012. He served as president of WASH (Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons, 2019-2021).
  • Plays the guitar. He has two -- a 1963 Martin 00-18 and a Taylor GS Mini.
  • Learning the alto recorder.
  • Interest in genealogy for many years.


  • Pastor Ralph has been married to his wife Jean since 1968. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.


  • Served in the US Army (1968-1970) during the Vietnam era, stationed at Frederick, Maryland, virus research.
  • Research on RNA and DNA under Dr. James Bonner at Kerckhoff Laboratories, Cal Tech, Pasadena (1970-1973), co-author of several seminal scientific articles.
  • A Few Sermons
  • Books
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Related Websites

Press Mentions

Dr. Wilson has often appeared in the press. These are a few of these mentions.

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