Ron Edwards is a native of Eastern North Carolina. He served as an air traffic controller in the Air Force from 1962-66. After departing the service, he spent spent six years in retail management. He then attended Sunset International Bible Institute graduating in July 1974. After his graduation, he served with a four-family domestic mission team in Sharon, Pa from July 74 - December 78. He then moved to Kinston, North Carolina, where he served as preacher from January 79 - June 82. His next effort was serving as missionary and teacher in the Trinidad School of Preaching and Teaching until June 1985. Following his return from Trinidad, he became the preacher of Roosevelt Drive Church of Christ on August 1st 1985, where he continues to serve as both preacher and elder. Because of his continuing love for World Evangelism, Mission Work, and Spiritual Education, he has been privileged to make many short-term teaching and mission trips to Trinidad Tobago, Honduras, St. Croix Virgin Islands, and Athens, Greece. He appreciates the opportunities that the Roosevelt Drive congregation has to serve both the military and civilian communities. His life continues to be spiritually blessed by serving with a congregation with its eyes and its heart on World Evangelism, Benevolence, Spiritual Growth and Fellowship.
James was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. From 1976 to 1977, he attended the University of Akron. He then transferred to the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Operations Analysis, and a commission as a 2ndLt in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following his commissioning in 1981, he was designated a Naval Aviator Rotary Wing (Helicopter Pilot); CH-53E Super Stallion Aircraft. A veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he continued to serve in the Marine Corps until 1991. From 1991 to 1994, James became a student preacher at Sunset School of Preaching. Following graduation, he became a church planter, minister, and evangelist in San Diego, CA. In 2006, he began to serve as the Involvement Minister for the Roosevelt Drive church of Christ, where he continues to serve today.
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.