Ron was born in Charlotte, NC and attended The Citadel from 1963-1967, where he was a member of the Economic Honor Society, was on the Dean’s List, was a Distinguished Military Student, and a member of the Senior Sunday Color Guard. Upon graduation he accepted a commission in the U.S. Army and was a tank platoon leader for a year and upon promotion taught tank gunnery in the U.S. Army Armor School. Among the classes he taught was a secret course on the comparison of Soviet and U.S. armor. He became a Christian in the early 1970s and attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he was a Byington Teaching Fellow in Systematic Theology and a member of the Phi Alpha Chi academic honor society. He graduated magna cum laude. In 1975, Ron began work on his “doctoraal” degree (Drs.) at the Free University of Amsterdam. He received his degree with honors in Christian Ethics, minoring in New Testament and Historical Theology. In 1980, Ron accepted a call to a Dutch-speaking congregation in Rijswijk, Holland, which is a suburb of The Hague. Ron accepted a call to the Toronto, Canada Canadian Reformed Church in 1984 and ministered there until 1994, at which time he accepted a call as the founding pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Yorba Linda, CA (1994-2016). He has taught at the Freie Evangelische Theologische Akademie in Basel, Switzerland, at the Reformatorische Bijbel School in Zeist, Holland, and The Reformed Bible School in Sanford, FL. He has lectured at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, CA as well as Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, he has also lectured at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS and at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL.
He is the author of The Death Penalty on Trial, Herman Bavinck: Pastor, Churchman, Statesman, and Theologian, Westminster Shorter Catechism: Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, and When the Unthinkable Happens: What the Bible Says About Suicide. He has also written a novel entitled The Unforgettable Summer.
Sally is Ron’s wife of fifty years, his best friend, and most trusted companion, confidant, and critic. Sally and Ron met when they were twelve. Her father was Ron’s Little League baseball coach. Sally was born in Orlando, FL and graduated from East Carolina University, where she was a member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, was the Secretary of ECU’s student government, pledged Alpha Delta Pi sorority, where she was voted the Outstanding Sister in 1967. While Ron was a pastor in Canada, Sally complete two-thirds of her master’s degree in Christian Counseling with a 4.0 GPA, before they moved to California. Sally has spoken nationally and internationally and is an excellent teacher of women. Anyone who meets Sally is immediately under the impression of what a warm, caring, and godly woman she is.
Ron and Sally were blessed with six children, one of whom lives in glory. All of the remaining children are committed to Christ and his Church. They have eighteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.