There are a select few people we meet who impact our lives for the better. They inspire us to become better individuals by setting an example for us to follow as best we can. Ronnie Ginn is one of those people. He has lived in Greenville for the majority of his life. He is a brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle to a large family who loves him. Many know him as a good friend and neighbor. However, at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, he is a faithful member, deacon and teacher who has served his church and community for nearly forty years.
In the 80’s, Ginn was in a tragic car accident. In a matter of seconds, he lost his wife, Nell, and became paralyzed from the waist down. Oftentimes, when tragedy strikes, people allow it to affect them negatively and lead them down dark and dangerous paths. However, there are those who seek the light. There are those who rise up from the ashes and become stronger, more resilient individuals. Ronnie Ginn did just that.
Ginn has been a member of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church since around 1978 and has taught Sunday School ever since. He has been a deacon since 1988 and the Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee just as long. Every summer, during St. John’s Vacation Bible School, you’ll find Ronnie teaching wherever he is needed. Despite his obstacles, Ronnie almost never misses a church service or function.
“I serve because I love the Lord,” said Ginn. “I’ve been through a lot in my life, and He has always seen me through it. I don’t ever want to miss a Sunday if I can help it. If you miss one it’s easy to miss another.”
Ronnie’s favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It is evident that Ginn lives out this verse on a daily basis.
“I had a good friend who had recently suffered from a stroke,” said Ginn. “She had been having a difficult time getting around, but she was always faithful. One day, she came up to me and said, Ronnie, if you and I can do it, then they can do it.”
Ginn continued, “I encourage young people to get involved in their church, to start teaching and carry out God’s work.”
Do you hear him, young people? If he can do it, so can you. Ronnie Ginn has been an inspiration to so many people around the Greenville community and all over Madison County. His favorite hymn, Victory in Jesus, fits his life story. Ronnie has experienced victory through his relationship with Christ. He never gave up and still continues to serve the Lord with the kind of determination and spirit this world needs a little more of.