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Children's Church

Ron Courter

I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I grew up in the Colerain Township area, which is a northern suburb of Cincinnati. I graduated from Northwest High School in 1988, obtained an Associate's degree in Computer Programming in 1990 from Cincinnati Technical College, and I have continued my Christian ministerial education through correspondence classes with Bethany Divinity College and Seminary in Dothan, Alabama since 2008. 

I met my wife, Vanessa, on a blind date back in July of 1993. God allowed a Christian lady, that both of us knew at different times in our childhoods, to bring us together on that double date. I somehow knew she was the one God meant for me, even though she couldn’t believe I proposed only 4 months after we started dating. We were married in August of 1993 after only knowing each other 1 year, 1 month, and 1 day. We currently live in Hamilton, Ohio, which is about 30 miles north of Cincinnati, in Butler County. I currently work in the Information Technologies (IT) field for Butler County Government. My wife is a wonderful homemaker who does a great job with our 2 girls, a boy, and me! 

We both grew up in families that attended Bible believing Baptist Churches regularly. We both heard the Gospel preached when we were young children. I received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior when I was 7 years old during a Sunday morning service. My wife was saved when she was 5 years old at her home. Though we both attended different churches growing up, God used our dating to bring us together at Friendship Baptist Church in Cheviot, another suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. That's where I met our Pastor, Bro. Wally Miller, who was the Youth Minister of FBC at that time. 

The Biblical preaching at FBC had a great impact on my life. It was around April of 1994, through a series of messages I heard from a guest evangelist by the name of Bro. Bill Sturm that I felt God's call in my life. I didn't know exactly what He had in mind for me at that time. I just wanted God to use me. My wife and I started working in Children's Ministries at that time. God opened doors for us to serve in many different ministries over the 13 years we served at FBC. Among them were with 3 & 4 year olds in the Awana Clubs, a 5th grade Sunday School class, Vacation Bible School, and Children's Church. It was a great blessing to see many kids come to Christ during that time. The Holy Spirit began speaking to us in May of 2006 to change our ministry focus. We felt God leading us to work in a ministry where we could have an impact closer to home, which had been in Hamilton, Ohio since 1999. 

We joined Bible Baptist Church, in Fairfield, Ohio, on June 25, 2006. Pastor Miller asked us to pray about starting a Children's Church ministry. The Lord gave us assurance this was His will. We started as directors of the Children's Church Ministry in August of 2006. Since starting the Children’s Church Ministry, I’ve also been blessed to be ordained as a Deacon on February 10th, 2008. Part of my responsibilities as a Deacon is being Director of Children’s Ministries, which I get to work with all the other great ministries of the church that deal with Children (Master Clubs, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Nursury, etc.) God has blessed my life, as well as the rest of my family, so much since we've been serving here at Bible Baptist Church in Fairfield, Ohio. We’ve seen great growth in our church and spiritual growth in our own lives. I pray that God will give me the strength to continue serving Him as faithfully as I can for years to come.