The Ramp

Over a thousand attend Summer Ramp

Seth Durkin stands center stage as Ramp ministry team Chosen performs.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Ramp in Hamilton kicked off its annual Summer Ramp event on Thursday, June 23, inviting over 1,000 young people from around the world to Hamilton to join the event.
The ministry, led by Hamilton native Karen Wheaton, holds several conferences every year, bringing young people to Hamilton to participate in Christian worship gatherings.

Summer conferences canceled

HAMILTON - Summer conferences which attract thousands of out-of-town guests to Marion County will not take place this year.

The Ramp publicly announced the cancelations by email on Monday, June 15, noting challenges presented by COVID-19. The Hamilton-based ministry normally hosts two summer youth conferences and a children’s conference each year.

1,688 baptized during Summer Ramp conferences

HAMILTON -  The Ramp completed the last of its three summer conferences on Saturday, Aug. 17, bringing around 3,073 visitors to Hamilton to attend the conferences.
Summer Ramp conferences were held on June 27-29, July 25-27 and Aug. 16 and 17 at The Ramp in Hamilton, bringing visitors from around the country and even abroad from international locations.

During each of the three conferences, attendees have the opportunity to attend a baptism at Williams Creek in Hamilton on the Saturday of each of the three months during the events.


Ministry purchases Hamilton Holiday Motel

HAMILTON -  The Ramp in Hamilton has purchased the Hamilton Holiday Motel to house its incoming male students for the Ramp ministry school.
The Ramp purchased the building on Wednesday, Aug. 7, and the Ramp School of Ministry (RSM) students will begin moving into dorms on Thursday, Aug. 15, leaving them with very little time to renovate before the students’ arrival.
“We have to flip it in one week!” said RSM Director Samuel Bentley, laughing.


Local pastors represent evangelicals in Azerbaijan

Ramp pastors Samuel Bentley (left) and Micah Wood stand outside of Azerbaijan’s largest mosque, Heydar, in Baku.

BAKU, Azerbaijan - Ramp pastors Samuel Bentley and Micah Wood, both of Hamilton, were two of 12 U.S. evangelical pastors who traveled to the country of Azerbaijan as guests of its president.
Azerbaijan is a predominately Shi’ite Muslim country on the Caspian Sea, located north of Iran and south of Russia. It is one of the few Muslim nations to maintain cooperational ties with Israel.