Bishop Trimble has chosen Rev. Dr. Oscar Ramos-Gallardo to serve as Chair of the Order of Elders beginning July 1, 2020. Dr. Ramos is currently serving as the Senior Pastor at Main Street United Methodist Church in Kokomo.
Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Ramos served congregations in Indiana and Louisiana. He has been instrumental in launching multiple ministries and organizations which focus on supporting Hispanic/Latino communities.
Dr. Ramos served as Coordinator for the Hispanic/Latino ministries in the former North Indiana Annual Conference from 2001 to 2007. Prior to that, Dr. Ramos founded and pastored La Sagrada Familia, a United Methodist mission in Goshen, Indiana.
From 2007-2015, Dr. Ramos served in the Louisiana Annual Conference as a missionary through the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries. Dr. Ramos and his wife, Juanita, have founded two ministries in New Orleans: La Semilla, a nonprofit organization focused on the educational development of the community with a special emphasis on the Hispanic/Latino community, and La Gracia, a faith community affiliated with First Grace United Methodist Church.
Dr. Ramos is married to Rev. Juanita Ramos, and they were both ordained as Elders in the North Indiana Conference in 1997. Oscar and Juanita live in Kokomo and have two grown children, Damara and Joel Emilio. They also have two grandchildren, Izaac and Chelsea.
Dr. Ramos was born in Tamiahua, in the Mexican state of Veracruz. He attended Juan Wesley Seminario in Monterrey, where he earned a License of Theology. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1994. He also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Hispanic and Latino leadership from Drew University.