About Pastor Mike Ramsdell
I am Mike Ramsdell, married to Rhonda with three great, grown children and their equally great spouses. Rhonda and I count as our greatest achievement our nine special grandchildren. I have been a United Methodist pastor for 38 years, serving in Bangs, Waxahachie and Joshua, Texas, for the first 17 years, then at First United Methodist Church Mansfield for 21 years. I have been the North District Superintendent of the Central Texas Conference since July 2016 and will soon be the Executive Director of the Smith Center for Evangelism and Church Growth.
I believe that the Church is God’s answer for the world.
I believe that Jesus is the answer for us all.
I believe that God wants both us and His Church to succeed around the words Jesus said to His disciples, “As God has sent me, so I send you.”
I grew up in the Methodist church, but I was a very nominal Christian until I experienced Christ in a very personal way in the Navy. Jesus said in a verse in Revelation, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him and he with Me.” I heard, opened the door and have been walking with a grace-giving Christ ever since.
The six months before I began my role as senior pastor at First Methodist Mansfield, the average weekend attendance was 383 people. When I was appointed North District Superintendent in 2016, the average attendance was 2,550. While I was there, we had five major building projects, created four worship spaces, expanded to seven significant worship services and created a city-transforming outreach ministry and a worldwide mission that still impacts thousands. I served on the Leading Edge, a group of the senior pastors from the 100 largest attended Methodist churches led by Adam Hamilton. I also chaired the Exodus Project Task Force that reshaped and refocused the Central Texas Annual Conference around the vital focus of the church. One of the things that I am especially pleased with is that only five large United Methodists churches have sustained 10% growth over 10 years. First Methodist Mansfield was one of those. I love helping other churches and pastors expand the life and mission of their church.
I could say more, but it still comes back to the original words I put on my first business card when I began my ministry, “Ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” These words of Paul still drive me. Though I no longer serve as the senior pastor of one church, I feel like I am serving the larger church — pastors, congregations and the hundreds of communities and tens of thousands of people they serve.