The Very Reverend Ronald D. Pogue is a retired intentional interim minister in The Episcopal Church. Prior to retirement, he was Interim Rector at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Keller, Texas, Interim Dean at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi, Interim Dean at Saint John's Cathedral in Denver, Colorado. He also served as Interim Rector at St. John's Episcopal Church in Jackson, Wyoming, Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Calvary Episcopal Church in Ashland, Kentucky, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas. Before entering interim ministry, he was Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston, Texas, and Canon Missioner at Houston's Christ Church Cathedral. For twenty-five years Ron was a United Methodist Pastor.
A native of Houston, Ron holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston, a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Houston Graduate School of Theology. His doctoral project, "Equipping and Empowering Christian Leaders in the Congregation" reflects his conviction that in Baptism all Christians receive the same blessing and are called to the same ministry. He has been a credentialed mediator and has been trained and certified in transitional ministry as a Professional Transitional Specialist by the Interim Ministry Network. His emphasis in ministry has been in the areas of stewardship, Christian formation, and evangelism. He has been a leader in the Church’s response to social concerns and advocacy for marginalized people in our society, including refugees, homeless persons, the unemployed, the mentally ill and handicapped, and persons with HIV/AIDS.
Ron is the creator and moderator of Unapologetically Episcopalian, a Facebook page devoted to celebrating the many positive ways the Episcopal Church is spreading the gospel. He has been Dean of his convocation, a member of the Executive Board, chair of the Diocesan AIDS Commission, and Diocesan Ecumenical Officer. He has served two terms on the board of the Texas Conference of Churches. Representing the Church in service to the community, Ron has chaired the boards of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Mental Health Association of Houston and Harris County, Houston Graduate School of Theology, and the Galveston Chapter of the American Heart Association. His community leadership has been recognized by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Boy Scouts of America, and the National Association of Social Workers.
Details about his places of ministry are available in his resume HERE
In describing his personal mission and values, Ron stated, “I am called to foster hope, lead change, inspire action, and glorify God in the service of the Gospel of Christ, for the building up of the Church, and for the sake of the world. The promises I made at my ordination provide a rule of life: listen to others, study and teach, work collaboratively, become who and what I am, remain in intimate relationship with God."
Ron and his wife, Gay, have been married for fifty-two years. Gay retired in 2010 after teaching ninth grade English for twenty-eight years and is a writer, artist, and iconographer. They are the parents of two grown sons.