In early 1985, Bob Ranson, one of SPC’s founding members, accepted a call from James River Presbytery to become its coordinator of church development. He later served as the presbytery’s moderator and chairman of the Mission to North America Committee of the PCA General Assembly.
If ever anyone should be given the title, “Mr. Stony Point,” that person would be Bob Ranson. Bob was a vital participant in the discussions which led to the formation of SPC. Faced with many obstacles and frustrations, he held fast to the conviction that the Lord wanted a Reformed church established in Richmond and was admired for his ability to work cooperatively with others in seeing that the vision was realized. He also played a major role in establishing SPC’s daughter churches, All Saints Reformed Presbyterian Church and West End Presbyterian Church.
Bob’s wife, Joyce, was likewise used by God in the establishment of SPC through the exercise of her teaching, counseling and hospitality gifts. Everyone who visited her home was important to her and she spoke the truth in love to all who called on her for help.