Ralph grew up on a farm in Northern Indiana. He first came to know Jesus while reading his Bible, at the age of 12. He married Elaine, his wife of 53 years, in 1964.

Ralph and Elaine attended Simpson Bible College in San Francisco and the Alliance School of Theology and Mission, later named Alliance Theological Seminary.  Ralph and Elaine served in pastoral ministry from 1968-1994. Ralph then sensed the Lord’s leading to be a Chaplain, working at the VA hospital in Nashville.

The Gardeners began attending Faith Community Church in 1995.  Ralph’s desire for FCC is to see “us keep on the track we’re on”. He also wants to see the church reach the lost. He is currently praying for God’s blessing on the youth of the church.

Ralph oversees Communion services and handles hospital visitation. He and Elaine are still growing in Jesus and are inspiring the next generation of church leaders.