"My life is an example to many, because you have been my
strength and protection.
That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your
glory all day long." (NLT)
Ron Blevins grew up in a minister' home. His father, Stan Blevins, has been a senior pastor for almost 50 years. Under that influcence, Ron accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of nine and followed that action with believer's baptism.
Ron surrendered to the ministry at the age of 17. After graduation from Bryan High School, in Bryan TX, Ron attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. His major was Music Education. At the beginning of his sophomore year at Hardin-Simmons Ron accepted his first ministry position as Music Minister of Trinity Baptist Church in Sweetwater, TX. He remained on staff there until after graduation in 1984. His responsibilities included: administrating the church music program, including worship planning and leadership; adult, youth, and children's choirs; ensembles and special music presentations; visitation, Bible teaching, and music classes; working closely with youth minister to plan and implement youth activities and ministries, including discipleship training, Sunday School teaching, mission trip planning, puppets, street evangelism, and visitation.
Upon graduating from Hardin-Simmons, Ron enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX to begin work on the Master of Music Degree in piano performance. In the fall of 1984 he accepted the position of Minister of Music at Point View Baptist Church in Seagoville, TX. He remained on staff there until the summer of 1988. His responsibilities were similar to the position at Trinity Baptist.
In May of 1985 Ron married Cindy. She is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons with a Bachelor of Education Degree and went on to complete a Master's Degree in Reading from Texas Wesleyan University. Cindy is a vital link in the ministry of Blevins Enterprises and brings her own set of strengths to the operation.
After completing the Master of Music Degreein the spring of 1987, Ron was invited to continue his educational pursuits at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He enrolled in the Doctoral program in the fall of 1987. He completed the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, in piano performance, in the December of 1990.
In 1988 Ron joined the staff of First Baptist Church of Grand Prairie, TX as the Music Associate/Academy Administrator. His responsibilities included directing senior adult choir, senior adult ensembles, singles choir, junior high choir and hand bells, adult hand bells; accompanying; administrating the newly forned music academy; managing faculty and billing; supplying for the music minister; and teaching piano. It was in the role of Academy Administrator that Ron begin to see the need churches have related to the area of administration.
In 1993 Ron accepted the call to become the Music Minister/Business Adminstrator at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church in Beaumont, TX. Responsibilities included worship planning and leadership, adult choir, youth choir, children's choir coordination, worship seminars, theory classes, and various ensembles. Administration duties included personnel management, financial management including church related investments, facility management, ministry coordination, office operations, and committee structuring. Duties also included the writing of a personal interest column in the church newsletter entitled "Ron's Ramblings."
In the Spring of 1999 Ron joined the staff of First Baptist Church of Garland, TX where he served until the end of 2009 as the Associate Pastor of Business Adminstration/Youth Choirs. Responsibilities included personnel management of a large staff, financial management including fundraising and budget oversight with more than 4.0 million in annual receipts, facility management, construction oversight including a 3 million dollar renovation project, foundation development, office management, and day-to-day operations. Responsibilities also include youth choirs, ensembles, and youth mission trips. Other responsibilities include being selected as an interim pastor with extensive pulpit duties.
Ron is currently serving as the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Tuscola, TX.
In addition to church responsibilities, Ron has served in other ministry capacities to include:
Trustee for Hardin-Simmons University, from 2000 through 2008. Serving as chairperson of the Student Development Committee. Also serving on the Honorary Doctorate Committee. In addition Ron was recently selected to serve as chairperson of the Baptist General Convention of Texas sub-committee to secure trustees for Hardin-Simmons University, Fall 2005.
Conference Presenter for Texas Southern Baptist Secretaries Convention.
Certification by the National Association of Church Business Administrators as a Fellow in Church Business Administration -- project title "Developing and Implementing Discipleship Ministries." This project represents an original and complete discipleship ministry track for 6th through 12th grade students.
Compiled a three-part financial planning seminar for church laiety. Titles include: "Investing Basics - Not How But What," "Mortgage Pre-Payment - Why It May Be Your Best Investment," "Automatic Investment Management - How To Supervise Your Own Investments."
Overall, Ron has 30 years of ministerial experience across all ages from children through senior adults. In addition Ron has significant background with nearly any aspect of church ministry: music, youth, children, education, administration, senior adults, singles, preaching and writing.