Reverend Dr. Ronald Bell, Jr. and Family

Dr. Ron Bell is the Lead Pastor of Camphor Memorial UMC. Ron is married to Dr. Eboni M. Bell and they have two phenomenal sons: Ronald Bell III and David G Bell. Ron’s first passion is music, as a saxophone and guitar player he weaves that love of jazz and reggae into as many worship and preaching interactions as possible. His wife Dr. Eboni Bell is an acclaimed artist, educator, and entrepreneur who is called to empower Youth and Women. Both Ron and Eboni specialize in engaging Millennials through transformative teaching, worship, and entrepreneurship. The Bell family is committed to serving God and loving and empowering His people! 

Pastor Ron is also a builder. Prior leading Camphor UMC, Ron founded The Arise Church, which is a New Church Start in Wilmington DE.  Pastor Ron also spent 4 years working as the Director of Congregational Development and SBC 21 for the Peninsula-Delaware Conference UMC. In that role, under his leadership, 4 new churches were started in the Conference and several ministries were revitalized. Today, Ron continues to consult with churches, universities and conferences around planting and growing effective ministries. His area of specialty is in engagement of Millennials and creating practical growth strategies for urban church planting. Ron has authored and co-authored several books and journal articles around that subject matter, he has also released an album called “The Unplugged Project.” 

Ron has a Bachelor in Philosophy from Morgan State University, a Master’s in Theology from Regent University School of Divinity and a Doctorate in Ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary. Ron is a provisional Elder in the UMC.