Ron was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and was raised in a Christian home. He trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord as a Junior in high school. Having been called of God in 1980, he was licensed to the gospel ministry in 1982 at Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee, and was ordained at Bellevue in 1984. After earning two master’s degrees, the Master of Church Music (1983) and the Master of Arts in Religion and Education (1982), Ron received his Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary in 1999. Dr. Upton has served as Minister ▪ Music & Worship at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida, since 1986, with the purpose of prompting a multi-generational, multi-cultural body of believers to worship the Lord Jesus Christ in unity, spirit, and truth. He and his wife Miska have three grown children: Ethan, Marét, and Nathan.