About

As pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church, a church leader and the planter of two churches, I am passionate about planting churches, but also helping established churches thrive. I love assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. My specialty is organizational leadership, so in addition to my role as a pastor, as I have time, I consult with church and ministry leaders.

I have more than 35 years leadership experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and have been in full-time ministry for over 15 years. I have successfully led the restart of one church and the planting of two churches, and now we are seeing God’s hand tremendously in church revitalization. I have a seminary master’s and a master’s in organizational leadership. I also once helped lead (as an elected official) a mid-sized city, where I served as Vice Mayor and Finance Chair.

The greatest times for me are with my wife Cheryl and our amazing adult sons, Jeremy, his wife Mary, and our youngest son Nate. Over 20 years ago, I founded a non-profit ministry called Mustard Seed Ministry, which provides devotional resources, conducts family, marriage and parenting, and church leadership seminars.

My INTJ personality on the Myers Briggs indicator means I have big ideas, I love creative and critical thinking and I love to see progress. I am usually around people, but crave down time. For years I was usually training for either a half or full marathon. Running was my most productive thinking time. Knee problems in recent years have caused me to stop running, but I’m committed to finding the time I need to fuel my mind, body and spirit.

I write several times weekly on leadership, church and family. To sign up for these blogs on a reader or by email, click HERE. I do interact with my readers, so feel free to contact me.

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  1. Thanks for your thoughts on effective prayer and how to not only read, but digest the words of the Bible, as Jesus led us to do. I ‘d like to invite believers and non-believers to try the Mobile Jesus app: http://www.mobilejesus.co/ Send a prayer to the prayer wall and watch miracles happen in your life!

  2. l apreciate your call pastor planting and raising leaders.Am pastor Naftali wandabwa from western kenya.Invited to my church with your wife chryl,jeremy,mary andNate.

  3. Happy new year 2018, l just come across you and l would like to read more on leadership. l am also interested in your ministry Mustard seed
    l am a leader , deaconess in the church, a precher and moreso l have a call from the Lord to ba a pastor. But in my church they dont call women as pastors, l have that deep desire that l am called to start a ministry.
    Cameroon, Yaounde

  4. Pastor, I thank you for message on “7 Thoughts for More Effective Prayer”. I was truly blessed and enriched by it. I live in Trinidad, a small island in the Caribbean, will it be OK for me to share with other congregations this message?

  5. I just come across you now and l am fully have interest in your ministry. How can l get your book online or offline because without any doubt l would had written many inspirational books. I still have some questions to ask next time. Kehinde David from Ibadan Oyo State Nigeria.

  6. My wife and I are Christians (in different Protestant denominations). We married four years ago. We did not commit any sexual sin before our marriage. Ever since the day of our marriage I have been terribly deprived of sex and affection from my wife. Sex happens a few times a year and when it does, she acts as if it is involuntary and she is forced. I am highly affectionate and need sex, with a high sex drive. I waited until we were married and became disappointed by her.

    In every part of my life, God has given me tremendous Blessing and has answered “yes” to just about every prayer. For the last two years, I have prayed for sexual satisfaction with my wife and have received silence. I assume that the answer is “no” for now, despite what is said in 1 Corinthians 7:2-5, Ephesians 5:22, Hebrews 13:4 and other places. It is hard for me to deal with silence from my God.

    My wife is a wonderful person and a fine lady with a huge heart as long as there is no hint of anything sexual. When there is, she becomes angry and resentful. I have become an involuntary celibate husband who lives with a roommate, who is my wife. My heart is broken. The silence from God weakens my faith.

    I guess I knew about all that you wrote on silence, but it helped to read that. Thank you. Would appreciate a prayer for us.

    • Steven there are so many differences between men and women as God created that way. Both husbands and wives need to learn more as these usually don’t come naturally. I recommend that you start reading some marriage/relationship books together to help both of you to understand each other better, not to change the other person, but to better understand the other. With understanding God can help you better meet each others needs. His Needs, Her Needs by Willard Harley, Jr. is a great bookthat can help you both to understand each others needs. “Needs” as presented in this book are real things that most couples have expressed is very important for their happiness. For many guys, sex is one of the top needs presented. God created us that way. It is not top for many wives, therefore the frustration on your part and misunderstanding on your wife’s part. Its not so cut and dried though. Our past experiences, how your wife may have been treated by her father/other men or how she was taught to think of sex, can affect her response to it, too.

      Don’t push or manipulate her into reading the book. But if you present that you want to be a better husband and therefore want to learn more about how to have a better relationship and you want to understand your wife’s needs more and then you can say someone suggested this book for that.

      If she is willing for you both to read and share together, this is good, but even if you both read it separately (chapter by chapter or some arrangement) and then share what you learned in gentle, non-threatening ways, then that may help.

      There is so much for both husbands and wives to learn regarding how to love and serve one another’s needs and desires. If we focus on changing ourselves and let God change our spouse, this will work better any day over trying to change them.

  7. To the article about resolving conflict:

    1. Don’t argue when you’re hungry.

    2. Don’t argue when you don’t have enough time to reach a stopping point that’s satisfactory to both/all parties.

    3. Don’t argue when you’re tired.

  8. Hi there. I just read the things a man needs in a marriage. I have fallen short of many things and despite asking for forgiveensss and working on changing, my wife cannot forgive me for things in the past. In fact, there is a constant bringing up off all dirty laundry that we have frankly sorted thru some time ago that just keeps coming up. Would God want me to stay with such a hard hearted woman if there is no forgiveness in her? I am not sure why to do.

    • After much prayer and soul-searching, I left a marriage in which my husband was not willing to make the changes that would enable us to continue to grow together. I know that I contributed to the problems and have asked and received God’s forgiveness. After over 30 years of praying for my husband to truly receive the Lord, it happened through the witness of his second wife who is a spiritually mature woman with personality and determination which suits him well. They are very happy and I am happy for them.

  9. I enjoyed reading the 7 Commandments of a Great Marriage because they are rooted in God' love and Word. They are clearly explained in very few sentences, which takes great communication skills to achieve.
    Thank you for sharing.
    God bless you pastor.
    Humphrey

  10. Greetings: Stephen J. "Steve" Osgood here, I've seen some comments above that disturb me, and want to only state that my feelings toward love and marriage need to be set on the foundation that Marriage and Christianity need to have the foundation that a marriage should grow with prayer, attendance and study of scripture to allow it to grow into a "Spiritual Love and Respect" for one another as God intended… then you will obtain unconditional love…

  11. I wanted to thank you for your message about the seven commandments of marriage. My husband and I have recently had some disagreements on what love is. I believed that if a man marries you because he fell in love with you then that marriage should be unconditional. He recently told me he did not love because I do not trust him. I am not sure where to go with something like that. My head tells me to leave. My heart tells me to stay. He says he wants me to stay to work things out but those words ring in my ear. Your message relates to the love God has for us all and how we should love each other which is important. Respect is an important aspect of love and I wish more people would learn the meaning of that word. You are right friends, family, and life does get the better of us all when it comes to people interfering in a relationship. It is sad that people do not take the time to help each other when friends and family are struggling in their marriages. Thanks for the message. God Bless.

    • Unconditional love is God's ideal for us. In marriage as well as other aspects of our life, we strive each day to reach God's ideal. Sometimes we fall short even though we are the righteousness of God through faith. We assign meaning to words, even love, based on our learned behaviors. I would suggest that you and your husband pick a time to have a two-way conversation to address the issues that re threatening your marriage.This can best be done by finding a neutral party who will objectively mediate the discussion between the two of you. I suggest a trusted pastor, pastoral counselor, or social worker/counselor who will be able to view your issues through both a biblical and behavioral prism. JMS

    • I found that when my love for my husband was waning, I asked the Lord to help me love my husband better. That was just a few months ago. Now our relationship has never been better and I am sure as I continue to seek God's plan for us as a couple it will get even better.

  12. Pastor im so proud of you that you are the one stronger pastor, i hope that morethan knowledge you know, to share more souls…
    pastor,

  13. Praise God pastor Ron Edmondson . I’m greatly humble by the feet to say God bless you for the great work . may God continously raised you to t.he true standard of His worship . I would love to be mentor by you please. blessed.

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  15. Hello Ron,

    I do not know where to begin. I am a believer since 1986.

    I have some loose ends, and could use some helpful ideas.

    I have a 501c3 Messiah's Faithful Witness – that is not moving forward, and another corp. called Faith Rocks Productions, in which, I wrote a book and it is for families and I am completing 45 drawings, I am 3/4 done want to be done hopefully by June. I do not have web sites yet and I cannot afford to put lots of money in them, anyway, I just wanted to say hello, and ask you for any advice you could offer. You have the credentials, and I am very pleased to be in touch. Adele