Ralph C. Duke was born in Franklin, VA and raised in East Orange, NJ.
At the age of 5 years old, Ralph responded to the call of salvation at Allen Grove Baptist Church, in Franklin, VA where his grandfather, Rueben Baker, was pastor.
God blessed Ralph
to climb the corporate ladder to become a Chief Financial Officer and to be seated in corporate boardrooms.
A tremendous conversion occurred in his
life when he
received the call from the throne of God to preach His
Word in 1985 at First Baptist Church in Vienna, VA. Soon thereafter, he
was selected to serve as Pastor for Administration at Christ Fellowship Church
(CFC) under the pastorate of Enoch Butler and the ministry grew from 52 people to over 500 people.
tenure at CFC
, Pastor Duke
was responsible for evangelism and Mission outreach.
Since being called to ministry in 1985, he
has constantly searched for creative ways to share Christ - from promoting Gospel fest in communities to establishing homeless, prison, senior, youth and food ministries.
has had a passion for missions and evangelism.
Since 1991, he has been the facilitator or been part of a team for at least two foreign mission trips per year in countries including Haiti, Ghana, Liberia, Jamaica, Anguilla, South Africa, Panama, St Vincent, Cameroon, South Africa, and St. Maarten.
He started several businesses, such as CMD Promotions, which promoted Christian concerts and plays at such places as the Kennedy Center and on the island of St Maarten.
Also, CMD Associates
provides financial accounting and tax services for various individuals, corporate and non-profit businesses.
In 1995, Pastor Duke
family moved to St. Maarten to assist Pastor Alwyn Lake of the New Testament Baptist Church, and support a daily soup kitchen, host a gospel radio program on the number one radio station (Jam'n 94.7) on the island, taught college accounting courses and fulfill the daily pastoral duties.
Unfortunately due to a major hurricane, his
wife and children had to leave the island, while Pastor Duke
assisted with the recovery.
return to the United States in 1997, God called him to pastor Beacon Hill Missionary Baptist Church (BHMBC).
God blessed BHMBC in 1999 to purchase a small under-utilized church building that BHMBC has utilized by the development of partnerships with Hispanic, African, and teamed with CFC
to open a food bank.
BHMBC was selected as a Virginia State job site and was awarded a grant from U.S. Department of Labor
to provide career development.
and BHMBC continues to be involved as facilitators for mission teams, support missionaries and students in Africa and the Caribbean, serve as one of the sponsors for a church plant in Atlanta and team with other mission minded groups across denominations.
Currently he serves as Treasurer for North American Baptist Fellowship of Baptist World Alliance, Budget Director for Northern Virginia Baptist Association & Church Administrator for Mount Olive Baptist.