For Ramsey, there’s no greater joy than serving God Print
Friday, 09 March 2018 10:50

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ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times



First Baptist Church Pastor Jason Ramsey has been a pastor for 25 years, with six of those years being in Liberal. Over that time, he has seen many changes. 


Q: Could you give some background on yourself? (i.e. how long you’ve been a pastor, how long you’ve been pastoring in Liberal, etc.)

A: I’ve been a pastor for 25 years, I began while I was still in school. Most of my years I served as a youth pastor and other roles in the church, and then for the past six years I’ve been here in Liberal. The first year or so I was here, I was the associate pastor and then after he left was when I became the lead pastor here. 


Q: What would you say was the big thing that made you decide being a pastor was what you wanted to do?

A: Serving as a pastor isn’t something you just pick – just like any other job, you have to want to do it and then do it. God really calls you and makes it known. When other people are considering becoming a pastor, I tell them if they can go and do any other job and be satisfied and content, that’s what they should be doing because if you’re called to be a pastor, you can’t be content doing anything else and not being where God wants you to be. It’s very obvious when God calls you to serve in that way, He puts you in a place where you don’t want to do anything else. 


Q: So this is something that’s been part of your whole life then, would you say?

A: Most of it. I grew up as a preacher’s son so I was in a home where I saw everything about the life of a pastor. I was in high school was when I knew God had called me to serve so directly from high school I went to seminary school. Then while I was in school I began serving as a pastor and that’s what I’ve done ever since. 


Q: What would you say is a really rewarding part of being a pastor?

A: Just knowing I’m in a place where God can use me. God gives everyone different gifts and talents and abilities and passions and when we take what God has given us and use it for His kingdom, there’s no greater joy than serving God through that natural passion He’s already given us. So by being a pastor, I’m able to use the natural talents and passions to serve Him the way I do. There’s nothing greater than being able to do that. 


Q: What would you say has been your favorite thing about working in the Liberal community?

A: This is a great community. It’s very family-oriented, it’s very diverse. I love the fact that we’re our own little melting pot. It’s a place where there’s so many opportunities and also a place where people can get to know each other well enough to where they can live in a community where they know their neighbors and everyone around them. 


Q: As a pastor, what would you say are some of the more frequently asked questions you get?

A: That’s actually really hard to answer because everyone’s so different about what they have questions on, there really are no two alike. Each person who comes in has different questions. Serving as a pastor, you’re doing life with people and you spend time with people to the point where the questions you talk about are life questions. Sometimes they’re very complex life questions but they can range from any and all and are so diverse because of how diverse we are as a people.  


Q: For those who might be considering becoming a pastor, what is some advice you would offer?

A: Spend a lot of time in prayer and seek God. If they truly believe God is calling them to serve, they need to pursue training and they also need to yield their own lives to God and make sure He is the one and only priority in their lives. If He’s not first, it would be difficult to serve as a pastor without God first in your life. When you do know God wants you to serve, you have to be obedient not only in life but in the path you lead. When I was called to the ministry, I didn’t know what my path would look like – I didn’t know where, I didn’t know what to expect. The prayer I gave was “God, I will go wherever You want me to go, I will do whatever You want me to do, no strings attached.” It’s somewhat blind faith since you don’t know where He will lead you, you don’t know what He’s going to do. But you say “God, I will go” and then it’s after that when He starts guiding your steps to that unknown.