Served as a deacon for 30 years, and as Chair deacon of two successive churches for the last 27 of those years, before answering the call to ministry in September of 2000. He also has served his church as financial chair, and Sunday school superintendent and teacher. Well versed in scripture he has also been associate or assistant minister at Mt. Gerizim in Los Angeles California, and Mt. Calvary in Riverside as well as Good news Missionary Baptist church He has also been Interim Pastor at both Mt. Calvary and St. John Baptist.
Pastor Rivers has been extremely active in the Riverside Community as well. A former president and founding member of The inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce, Director of Project STAR and The Riverside Urban League, A member of the board of The Martin Luther king Visionaries, Co-chair for the Riverside Coalition of for Common Ground Religious chair and Vice president of The Riverside Branch of The NAACP.
He is a professional Public Speaker and has hosted his own Radio and Television shows. He holds an Associate of Arts in Broadcast Communications, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, He has been married to his wife Versie for 47 years, and is the father of 2 grown Children, Sharis and Ralph Jr. He is also the proud grandfather of three wonderful grandchildren.