Rev. Ralph Krall

What brought you to Otterbein?
Bishop Hopkins (responding to God’s direction, I’m sure).

How long have you been in the ministry?
I graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1990 with a 3 year Master of Divinity. Served three parishes in East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, currently serving Otterbein UMC of Navarre, Ohio since 2015.

Tell me about your family.
I was born in Painesville, Ohio and raised in Thompson in Northern Geauga County. My family was Roman Catholic, and I was confirmed in the Methodist Church in 1963. I’ve had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ since 1975. Married Rev. Elizabeth A. Krall in November 1982.

What are your hobbies/recreational interests?
Gardening, golf, hiking, ink renderings and traveling with Liz.

What is your favorite part of your ministry?
I love watching people have epiphanies, light bulb moments, with Jesus as they study scripture, pray with the Holy Spirit, and encounter God in daily life.

What was your first job?
I started my first career after graduating from Kent State University in 1977 with a 5 year Bachelor of Architecture degree. I worked in construction for 13 years in architectural design and engineering.

What do you feel is the main focus of your ministry?
Teaching spiritual truths with Jesus Christ.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by God’s creation whether on the beach, in the mountains, or in the woods.

What has God been teaching you lately?
“Be Quiet, Ralph!” (Psalm 46:10)

What is your favorite scripture?
“The Joy of the Lord is my strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

What are your favorite songs?
“Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “I Believe” by Mercy Me