Reverend Mike Ramsdell, Executive Director
Before becoming Executive Director, at the Smith Center for Evangelism and Church Growth, Mike served a year as Superintendent of the North District. Before his service as District Superintendent, Mike was the Senior Pastor of First Methodist Mansfield for 20 years. In his final year, he served as co-pastor with David Alexander. Mike has served almost every size church - rural, suburban and county seat. While leading First Methodist Mansfield, the church grew from an average worship attendance of 383 his first six months to 2,550 the year he moved to the North District. First Methodist Mansfield was one of only five large Methodist churches to have a 10% growth rate over a 10-year period.
Mike was also part of the Leading Edge, a collective of senior pastors from the top 100 attended Methodist churches for eight years and was the Chair of the Exodus Project that refocused and restructured the conference in 2010. Additionally, Mike has served as Chair of the Division of Elders for the Board of Ordained Ministry for 10 years, Chair of Church Growth and Development for two years and has been both a coach and lead consultant for the Healthy Church Initiative. Mike is married to Rhonda, and they have three children, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
You may also want to be careful if you are taking pictures while he's in the vicinity, we hear he’s quite the photo-bomber.