ELBERT RANSOM, JR, is an ordained minister, international lecturer, author, seminary instructor, and musician. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1995, his Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity in 1989, both in Washington, D.C., his B.S. degree from Xavier University in 1959, New Orleans, Louisiana. His first two, years of undergraduate studies (1954 – 56), were done at Alabama State College for Negroes, Montgomery, Alabama, (currently known as Alabama State University). He studied voice at Roosevelt University in 1962 and the American Conservatory of Music in 1960, in Chicago, Illinois, and was ordained a Baptist minister in 1984, while serving at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He has been married to his wife Louise for the past 47 years, and from this union they are the parents of three young adult children, and eight grandchildren. He and his wife reside in Lake Ridge, Virginia.
Reverend Ransom is regularly called upon by the U.S. Department of State to travel to many countries abroad to speak on the subjects of Democracy, Human Rights, and Nonviolence as an Agent Toward Social Change. He has traveled to the South Pacific to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Australia. He has, also traveled to the Continent of Africa, London, England, Oslo, Norway, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Dublin, Ireland, Kosovo, Bangkok, Thailand, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, and several cities in Brazil. Additionally, in 1999, he traveled to Soul, Korea, Hong Kong and China for the Baptist World Alliance. In addition to his State Department junkets, he has preached the gospel in many countries of the world, including Westminster Abbey, London, England.
As a civil rights activist from 1954 to 1968, and an aid to the late Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., he participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, D.C. in 1963, the Selma to Montgomery Voters Rights in March of 1965, and the Open Housing demonstrations in Chicago, Illinois in 1966. He was also the City Manager of Resurrection City (Poor Peoples Campaign) in 1968. He has authored and published inspirational books, “I Shall Not Pass This Way Again,” “Bridging the Divide”, and “ Let The Church Be The Church”. Among his many interest, he is, currently an adjunct professor at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, and is President of REACH, Incorporated an international human relations firm.
He was Associate Pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA, for fourteen years and now attends McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia.