Rev. Ronald Eugene Speas is the youngest son of the late Cleo Alphonso and Louise Thomas Spease. Born and raised in Tobaccoville, North Carolina, Rev. Speas is a 1984 graduate of North Forsyth High School. Rev. Speas has been employed with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for 28 years. As a result of his outstanding service to the public and his tireless dedication to the community, he was voted “Trooper of the Year” in 2014 and 2015.
Rev. Speas is a humble servant of God who has been in the ministry preaching the gospel of Christ for more than 28 years. Under the leadership of the late Rev. J.R. Samuels of St. Stephen's Missionary Baptist Church, he was licensed to preach the gospel in 1992 and was ordained in 1995. He has been pastored and mentored by great spiritual shepherds like Rev. Dr. James A. Webster, pastor of Oak Ridge First Baptist Church. Committed to kingdom building and training Christians for ministry, Rev. Speas has taught in the High Point Educational and Missionary Baptist Association (HPEMBA) and the Yadkin Valley Baptist Association.
Rev. Speas is the pastor of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church (W-S, NC). He is a spirit-filled teacher and preacher who loves the Word and lives the Word. He ministers with power and conviction, empowers the people of God to walk boldly in their God-ordained purpose and inspires others to operate in their spiritual gifts. The love and passion that Rev. Speas has for the Lord is reflected in one of his favorite scriptures, Romans 8: 28 which states, "And we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."
Rev. Speas is the loving husband of Dr. Soncerey Montgomery Speas. He is also the proud father of Brittany Shaunte’ Speas and Bryan Eugene Speas (Kirby). He has two handsome grandsons, Brenden Chase Speas and Grayson Eugene Speas.