Ralph Vincent Reynolds began his ministry in 1936 by preaching in the schoolhouses, homes, and lumber camps of six communities during closing years of The Great Depression. The Sunday before he went to sleep in the Lord, he concluded preaching a four-week revival just short of his eighty-ninth birthday. In that revival, fourteen received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. It concluded his sixty-six years of Apostolic Ministry.
As a young boy, Ralph would stand on a chair, wave his arms, and shout at the top of his voice. His answer to the question of what he was doing was, I am preaching!
However, as a young man he declared strongly that there were two things he would never do: preach or teach. Since that time, Ralph V. Reynolds has spent sixty-two years preaching and teaching. His ministry has spanned six decades and touched two centuries.
His new-birth experience took place in February of 1934, in The Old Brick Church in Picton. He held credentials with three church organizations: The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, The Apostolic Church, and the United Pentecostal Church International. After ministering for six years, he was first ordained in 1942 in Picton, Ontario with the Apostolic Pentecostal Church, and in 1946 his ordination was transferred to the United Pentecostal Church International.
During his ministry, Brother Ralph V. Reynolds pastured eighteen churches. He planted a church in the beautiful city of Cranbrook, British Columbia at the ripe old age of eighty-three. As soon as he raised the money and built the new sanctuary, he turned it over to a young man. He never lost the vision of opening one more church, literally up to the day he passed on to his reward.
For many years, Ralph V. Reynolds was unsurpassed as a Oneness Pentecostal author. He wrote sixteen books, twenty-four units of the Alpha Bible Correspondence Course which are being used in many foreign Bible Schools, and authored the Spirit of Freedom Course for the prison and drug dependent now being used widely in the Court system. He was named Writer of the Year in 1985.
Eighty-six-year-old Ralph V. Reynolds was joined in marriage to Myrna Kelsey who was a faithful helpmeet and friend for the last two and one-half years to a great man with a failing body.
For the better part of a century a giant has walked among us. His sterling character, his strong but humble spirit, his transparent honesty, and his steady leadership often challenged those of misguided minds and unethical practices. In his mind there was no question as to right or wrong, truth or error, righteousness or unrighteousnessand he lived it before all who knew him. Page Up