Ralph is a third-generation Californian, who grew up in La Mesa, a suburb of San Diego.
At 7’1” he played basketball for legendary Coach John Wooden at UCLA and was the first player to go to four NCAA Final-Four Tournaments. Both his Junior and Senior years he was an Academic All-American, graduating with a degree in Ecosystems. He earned his Master’s of Divinity Degree from The Master’s Seminary some years later.
After college, he turned down several NBA opportunities to play with Athletes in Action, touring the world and preaching the gospel during the halftimes of their games. After four years with Athletes in Action he played briefly with the Dallas Mavericks as the first player they signed in the NBA expansion draft in 1980.
After his basketball days, he served in sports ministry as the Director of the “trade organization” of America’s sports ministry movement, called Sports Outreach America. Ralph and his wife Danielle, founded Capitol Ministries in 1997. Capitol Ministries has started dozens of ministries in capitols throughout the United States and throughout the world.
In 2010 Ralph and Danielle started Capitol Ministries in Washington DC.
Ralph has three grown children, John, Susan and Scott, and seven grandchildren.