Kent Ramler was born in Bloomington, Indiana, but grew up mainly in Downers Grove, Illinois, at Marquette Manor Baptist Church. He was saved at the age of four and then was baptized when he was 8. By the time he was 14, he knew that God had called him to be a pastor and made that public the same night that Monroe Parker shared his testimony about his call to preach. He began building his library, being active in church ministry and set his sights on studying Bible in a Christian university.
After graduating as the valedictorian of Bob Jones University, Kent pursued a master’s degree in Bible and then a Ph.D. in New Testament Interpretation. While pursuing those degrees, he taught elementary Greek in the University, Bible in the Academy, and later taught Bible and Pulpit Speech in the University and Seminary. His Bible curriculum on Bibliology was published by BJU Press and is entitled How Firm a Foundation. He has also taught in other Bible institutes and seminaries on the mission field and has taught Ecclesiology at BCM since 2008.
He left teaching at Bob Jones University in 2001 to become the associate pastor at Marquette Manor Baptist Church in Downers Grove, Illinois, and has been the senior pastor at People’s Baptist Church in Frederick, Maryland, since 2009. He enjoys playing complicated board games, following the Chicago Cubs, reading, and spending time with his wife, Joy. They have four children, two girls and two boys, and two granddaughters. Kent is burdened to see young people have a love for the Lord that evidences itself in a love for others. If a young adult is seeking after wisdom from the Lord and is teachable, there is no telling how he or she may be used to impact the world for Christ.