Born January 17, 1947, in Asheville, North Carolina, Dr. Ralph H. Sexton, Jr. was brought up in a Pastor's home and educated in the public schools of the City of Asheville.
Dr. Sexton graduated from Lee Edwards High School in 1965 and received continuing education at Trevecca College in Nashville, Tennessee and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Asheville.After entering the business community, Dr. Sexton owned and operated the Asheville Vending Company until 1974, when he was ordained to the Ministry. Dr. Sexton earned the Doctor of Divinity degree at Bethany Theological Seminary in Dothan, Alabama and was presented an honorary doctorate degree in May of 1991 from the Baptist International School of the Scriptures and Baptist Christian University. In May of 1992 Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, FL also awarded him an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity.
From 1975 until 1980, Dr. Sexton served as Youth Pastor in Asheville, North Carolina at Trinity Baptist Church. In 1980, he entered the field of full-time evangelism holding crusades, seminars, and church revivals in America and also in Honduras, Haiti, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Mexico, and the Bahamas.
Dr. Sexton has conducted a crusade at the invitation of the National Park Service on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 1986. He also works in youth and prison ministries. The State of North Carolina allowed him to conduct a tent meeting inside the prison yard in 1993.
Dr. Sexton is a second-generation "righteous Gentile" in his love for the people and land of Israel. Dr. Sexton's family has been working in the Middle East since 1950.
Dr. Sexton has made over twenty trips to Israel and the Middle East. He has been the guest of the Israeli Government on two different occasions and has been invited to observe the "Peace Talks" in Washington, D.C. Dr. Sexton was awarded the "Tree of Life" award by the people of Israel in 1993, and has friends and is respected in the West Bank as well as Jerusalem. He also serves on the "Committee to Relocate the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem."
Besides the Ministry work, Dr. Sexton is an active member of his community being honored in 1994 with a "Ralph Sexton Day" for his disaster relief work, "Hearts With Hands", and also nominated as "Citizen of the Year." Governor Jim Hunt awarded him the highest honor a citizen of North Carolina could obtain called "The Order of the Long Leaf Pine" for caring for the people of his state. In August of the year 2000, he was made an Honorary Attorney General for the state of North Carolina.
Dr. Sexton is also an active member of the Asheville Kiwanis Club and a "Life" member of the Downtown Optimist Club. Dr. Sexton has received a thirty-year service pin for serving as a certified special deputy in the Buncombe County Sheriff's Department since 1970 along with being on the "Citizens Committee for a Safe Asheville". Ralph serves the county as a Buncombe County Sheriff's Chaplain. He also organized the "Family Values March" in Asheville with over 20,000 participants in 1992.
Dr. Sexton is the Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Asheville, North Carolina.
Dr. Sexton is married to the former Muzette Thaxton of Charleston, West Virginia and has three children: Beverly, who is the wife of Dwight Parrish and their four children, Winston, Savannah, Scarlett, and Sophia; Mark, who is married to the former Sheri Hollifield and their daughters, Alexis and Lola; and Kent, who is married to the former Leigh Parsons and their children Preston, Ian, and Juliet.