Senior Pastor Ralph Steven Hodge was born in Washington D.C.; however, he spent most of his formative years in Fort Washington, Maryland.
He was born-again during the summer of 1979 and accepted his call to the ministry in 1989 while attending Howard University. It was during his time at Howard University that Reverend Hodge really began to live a spirit-filled life. He was active in Campus Crusade for Christ on Howard’s campus and served the Fort Washington Baptist Church as an ordained deacon before becoming an ordained minister.
He graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Applied Science in 1992 and, subsequently, received his Masters in Divinity degree from Virginia Union University in 1995. During the winter of 2002, he answered the call to become the pastor of the Second Baptist Church of South Richmond. His installation celebration was held on April 26, 2003.
Pastor Hodge is married to the former Kassandra Elder, and together they are raising four sons: Tyrone, Samuel, Isaiah, and Steven.