November 21, 2021

Pastor Ralph VanNess was born in Lexington, Virginia and grew up in Lexington and Natural Bridge. He
was saved at the age of 16 on June 24, 1984. Later that summer to Lord called him into the ministry. He
has served the Lord in local churches for 34 years starting with working in the youth program at his
home church, Collierstown Baptist Church, Lexington, Virginia.
Pastor Ralph Graduated from Atlantic Baptist Bible College, Chester, Virginia in 1996 with a Bachelor of
Christian Missions. While he was in college he went on staff as a Mission Intern/Youth Pastor for 4 years
at Broadway Baptist Church in Hopewell, Virginia.
He took the his first senior pastorate at Faith Baptist Church, Natural Bridge Station, Virginia in January,
1996. He served at Faith Baptist until September, 2001.
Pastor Ralph has been the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Hayes, Virginia since September, 2001.
He has been married to his wife Tavy for 29 years and they have two grown sons, Micah and Nathanael.


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