Pastor Ralph Owens, serving in his 21st year at Trinity E. C., brings a varied background of education and life experience to our community. Having received degrees in Architectural Engineering (Wentworth Institute of Technology) and Religion (Grove City College) in the early 70’s, he was commissioned as an Evangelical Congregational missionary and worked under Teen Missions, International for five years. While serving as field leader in Scotland, U.K., he was asked to supply the pulpit of a congregational church in Catrine, Ayrshire. Following a three year commitment to the congregation he returned to the United States in the spring of 1983 and served our Birdsboro, PA church while completing his Master of Divinity degree at Evangelical School of Theology, now Evangelical Theological Seminary. In 1988, Pastor Ralph moved to Perry Hall, MD for church planting work before coming to Royersford in January 1992.
He facilitated the design and build aspect of the new facility on South Limerick Road. As a gifted preacher/teacher, he is committed to the authority of Scripture and its practical application to both the individual and families in our community. He completed the requirements for the Doctor of Ministry degree in the Renewal of the Church in Mission from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2003. The focus of his work is greater personal fruitfulness through purposeful discipleship by recapturing the relational/accountable component of cell-based ministry that originally functioned in the Methodist-style class meeting.
Pastor Ralph and his wife, Connie, celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary in December. Their four children range in age from fifteen to thirty-four. After working through the grieving of a stillbirth in 1992, the Owens family involved themselves in foster care for over ten years through the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth.
He served on West-Mont Christian Academy’s school board for eight years, and the denomination’s Global Ministries Commission for ten years. Pastor Ralph currently serves on the denomination's Conference Relations Committee, Church Planting Commission, and as recording secretary of the Springford Pastors Association. In what is left of his spare time, Pastor Ralph enjoys biking, woodworking, billiards, and the development of digitally based video presentations.