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About the House of God

Elder James Ragland

Elder Ragland

Born October 26, 1949 to Apostle Randolph Ragland and Elect Lady Ruth Ragland, Elder James Ragland is the 3rd eldest of 13 children.

Elder Ragland was married April 25, 1970 to the former Jane V. White of Palmyra, Va. They have two children, a daughter, Sister April Reis and a son, Deacon Rodney Ragland. They have five grandchildren.

He was spirited filled while attending True Holy in Dayton, Ohio under the leadership of Bishop S. L. Henry. He returned to Gordonsville, Virginia in 1972 with a B.S. in Education from Wilberforce University Xenia, Ohio. He served faithfully as a deacon in the local church of Gordonsville Va for more than 25 years. He was licensed as a minister in the House of God in 2001 and three years later ordained as an Elder. In the Gordonsville church, he has served as choir director, Chairman of the Board of Deacon, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Sabbath School Teacher, mentor, and Weekly Bible Class Teacher. He was appointed co-pastor of the Gordonsville congregation in October 2005. Elder Ragland hosts a weekly television talk show that is aired on the local public access station. He served the National Church as YPU president for seven years. He was appointed to the House of God Board of Directors and as its Chairman is 2008. Since that time, his primary goal has been to identify the needs and the church and develop ways to address them.

Professionally, Elder Ragland has been a public school teacher and for the past 37 years has worked in the underwriting department of State Farm Insurance Company in Charlottesville, Va. In June 1996 he received the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters designation and in September 2003, he received the Chartered Life Underwriter designation.

One of his favorite scriptures is Romans 8:28. "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." To which he ask the questions.. "Do you love God? Are you the called of God? Then it is working for your good."

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