Pastor Robert L. Ramsey is an anointed man of God. He is a native of Thomson, Georgia. Pastor Ramsey is married to the lovely Joyce E. Ramsey. They are the parents of two children, Shaimarco “Marco” Termel Ramsey and Tanika Nicole “Nikki” Ramsey Powell and his son-in-law is Latavius Powell, Sr. They have six grandchildren, Malik Ramsey, Chase Ramsey, Sha’Mya Ramsey, Latavius Powell, Jr., Brennan Lee Powell and Tristan Powell.
Pastor Ramsey received his early education in the McDuffie County School System of Thomson, Georgia and graduated from Thomson High School. He attended the American Baptist Theological Seminary Extension. He graduated from the University Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education program, the Augusta Center for Biblical Study Bible College, Andersonville Seminary and Paine College. He is also a Licensed and Certified Pastoral Counselor and Certified Temperament Counselor.
Pastor Ramsey served as the pastor of Smith Grove Baptist Church in Appling, Georgia, Jones Grove Baptist Church and Popular Spring Baptist Church, both of Thomson, Georgia. He is a past member of many local, state and national organizations. They include: President, Columbia County Church Fellowship; Board of Directors, Partnership for Community Health; Board of Directors, Richmond County Youth Detention Center; President, Baptist Ministers Conference of Augusta.
Pastor Ramsey has been Pastor of Gospel Water Branch since May 1982. Under his leadership a number of ministries have been established and expanded. They include: Christian Education, Outreach, Music, Pastor Support and Special ministries. Pastor Ramsey also presided over the building of a new sanctuary and an Education and Fellowship Hall. He expanded Sunday services and organized and developed the Summer Enrichment Program, the Christian Youth Leadership Program and the Elderly Assisted Care Home which is now the GWB/CDC Resource Center.
Pastor Ramsey’s first book, Principles for Christian Living, was published in 2012. Recovering in Pandemic Times, was published in January 2022. Under his guidance and leadership, the church’s first history book, Standing on the Rock, was also published in 2016.