Reverend Timothy D. Ramsey, Sr. was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He is the only son of Julius and Emma Sanders who made sure that he was trained up in the traditions of the Baptist church. While attending parochial schools, Rev. Ramsey had a fear of public speaking, but consistently excelled in Mathematics and Religion and developed a love and sense of compassion for others. Even as a boy, he exemplified a spirit of devotion and care for the needs of others more than his own.
After graduating from High School in 1986, Rev. Ramsey attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN where he majored in Business Administration and cherishes his HBCU experience. While attending TSU, he met his future wife, Mona Ardis, who was attending a neighboring HBCU, Fisk University.
After college, Rev. Ramsey returned to Detroit, MI to begin his career and even though he had a knowledge of Jesus Christ, he finally professed Christ as Savior and received his baptism. He remembers one of his first prayers was: "Lord use me to my fullest potential for your glory" and God did exactly what was asked of Him. His love and hunger for Christ grew to a point where he obtained a desire for the Word of God and continued by serving in as many ministries as he could in response to God's love for him.
Then the doors of church leadership began to open. Rev Ramsey was then called to Sunday School Teaching, Sunday School Superintendent, Trustee Board Service, and he eventually became a Deacon. During this time of elevation, God began to reveal himself concerning the area of pulpit ministry with an emphasis upon the pastoral care.
Rev. Ramsey surrendered his will to the Lord and accepted the call to ministry, and shortly after became licensed and ordained by Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Edwards, Sr. at the Holy Cross Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, MI.
In 2009, God called Rev. Ramsey's family back to Nashville, TN for better career opportunities and he accepted a position in call center management. By this time, they were raising an 8yr. old son, Timothy Ramsey, Jr. During the process, Rev. Ramsey completed a Bachelors in Theology, and also obtained a Masters in Ministry, both with Summa Cum Laude honors from the Andersonville Baptist Theological Seminary. He soon became appointed as Assistant to the Pastor of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist, under the leadership of Rev. Darin Freeman, Sr.
Rev. Ramsey's vision for ministry is to be considered a worthwhile contributor to the creative processes that equip laymen and clergy leaders of a local congregation to grow in sanctifying grace and to live as disciple-making disciples. His desire is to see people no longer content being passive consumers of religion but living beyond themselves.
Currently, Rev. Ramsey has been married to Mona Ramsey for 24 years and is raising a teenage son, Timothy, Jr. who is a standout high school student-athlete. On July 10, 2017, Rev. Ramsey was selected as the 6th Pastor of the Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church of Indianapolis, IN. He considers it an honor, joy, and a privilege to serve the great people of Bethesda.
The late Rev. G.L. Lillard organized the Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in August 1922. Shortly after the church was organized, plans were made to come into a building of a storefront type located at 934 South Illinois Street. The Church was named by Sis. Emma
Lillard, wife of Pastor Lillard.
In 1927, the Church was remodeled under the pastorate of the organizer Rev. Lillard. While the church was under reconstruction, Bethesda worshipped in a tent on Maple Street, which later changed to Kenwood Ave. Rev. Lillard served the Bethesda Church for eight years.
During the early thirties, Bethesda called two Pastors to serve as our undershepherds. Rev. R.F. Gregory and Rev. Lumpkins both were a blessing to our church.
In the fall of 1935 Rev. G.M. Mimms, Associate Minister of the Mt. Paran Baptist Church was officially called to Pastoralship. Pastor Mimms served Bethesda faithfully for fifty-seven years. Under Pastor Mimms leadership, the church’s indebtedness was paid off, and a new worship center was built in 1970. Auxiliaries were added, the church grew spiritually, numerically, and financially. Pastor Mimms was a Pastor who was loved by all and departed this life at the age of ninety-seven and was still active in Pastoralship until his death in 1992.
In the summer of 1993, Rev. L.A. Manuel III was called to Pastor our church. He is the fifth Pastor in our 93-year history. Under Pastor Manuel’s leadership, our church has seen significant growth and development spiritually, numerically and financially.
Under Pastor Manuel’s leadership, the church remodeled the sanctuary and purchased the. Bethesda has become a focused ministry as the church ministered holistically to men, women, and the community. Unfortunately, due to health challenges, the Lord called Pastor Manual home in May, 2016.
A pastoral search committee was formed in 2016, and after a rigorous process, on July 10, 2017, the church unanimously selected the Rev. Timothy D. Ramsey, Sr. as their 6th Pastor. Rev. Ramsey hails from Detroit, Mi. but he and his family had been living in Nashville, TN eight years prior, where he served as Assistant Pastor to Rev. Darin Freeman, Sr., at the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.