Reverend Ralston Mitchell was born in Jamaica, W.I. and grew up in Northern New Jersey. He received his high school diploma from Wallington High School in Wallington, NJ. He later matriculated to Johnson C. Smith University which is where he gave his life to Christ in the Spring of 1996. Minister Mitchell received his Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Later, he received his Masters of Engineering degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.
Reverend Mitchell is married to the former Kina T. Simmons, and they have three beautiful children, Kiana, Alana, and Ralston Kellen. Reverend Mitchell is employed by the Aerospace Corporation as a Systems Engineer. He has been a member of First Baptist Church of Manassas since 2000. He was called to the Gospel ministry in 2004 and was licensed in 2006 at FBC of Manassas. Reverend Mitchell currently serves as the Health and Sports Minister and is also the assistant Youth minister. He will transition into the role of Minister of Christian Education in 2011. He also participates in the following ministries: Christian Education, Youth, Koinonea, Music, Health & Wellness, and Sports. He is currently attending Capital Bible Seminary pursuing a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies.
Pastoral Staff Position:
Christian Education Minister
When the family of God strives for excellence in its multi-faceted purpose and programs to bless and benefit adults, young adults, teenagers, youth, children, and all generational, economic and ethnic strata of society, then we truly display the truth of our call of “speaking the truth in love … [and] grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:15-16 NIV)
The purpose of Christian Education goes far beyond simple instruction, fellowship, and spiritual maturity. Author Sara Covin Juengst in her book, Equipping the Saints, notes, “The purpose of Christian education is not to fill people’s heads with biblical trivia. It is to tell the family story, that story we find in scripture, with such imagination and verve that lives are illuminated and changed. When the story is told in a way that engages people’s lives, community is formed, spiritual growth occurs, and the people are moved to work for social justice and change.”
With the assistance of a Christian Education ministry partnership, the Christian Education Minister’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Visioning for Biblical Knowledge and Practical Application.Establishing and maintaining congregational and community programs of teaching, discipleship, and fellowship that generate practical and Holy Spirit empowered works of service and individual and communal acts of biblical justice and righteousness.
• Program Development. Working with international, national, state, and local Christian affiliations supported by this church in Christian Education for meaningful participation in programs and events.
• Christian Education Ministry Committees. Establishing, as needed, ministry committees and directors to provide operational support.
• Christian Education Advocate. Advocating for an awareness of Christian Education opportunities and avenues for gaining and/or improving personal and communal knowledge of Scripture and its practical application. This is to be accomplished through various biblical studies courses, programs, events, in-house resources, and web-based tools.
• Liaison. Acting as a liaison with the greater ecumenical community regarding Christian Education related matters.