I remember in 1976 getting a call from a college friend who said I just had to come with him that Sunday night to hear this evangelist named Ron Dunn. I remember riding to some Baptist Church in North Houston with my friend and several of his fellow FBC Houston church members. We were all playing hookie from our own services that Sunday night. I remember thinking this guy better be good. Having been a Baptist all my life, I had listened to every variety of Baptist preacher there was, including the kind that preached on sawdust for hours at a time. My friends from First Baptist Houston had my expectation level extremely high by the time we strolled into that sanctuary that evening. While Brother Ron began preaching, I remember thinking this is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Brother Ron’s message seemed so fresh and relevant, I wanted more! In the car we talked the entire way back to the FBC parking lot about how the message ministered to each of us.
Approximately two years later, Brother Ron did a revival service at our church, West Memorial Baptist, in West Houston. As I look back over 30 years of my Christian experience, if there can be one ‘watershed’ week, it was certainly that week as Brother Ron preached. He preached five of the most liberating sermons I have ever heard. I have listened to these five ‘treasures’ countless times over the last 20 plus years and have shared them with others, including pastors who have been equally blessed by them.
I recall Ron saying in one of those sermons that the coming Thanksgiving would be the anniversary of the death of his son. I’ve often contemplated that, especially after hearing Ron later talk about the depths of emotion he plunged to as a result of that event. With all my heart I believe God used that experience in Ron’s life to unlock deep scriptural truths for those of us fortunate enough to sit under his teaching. In a later sermon Ron himself said that he believed that the tears we shed in sorrow in this life one day we would find out were used to water the flowers in someone else’s garden. I know this to be true from my own experience and, after reading fourteen pages of entries in this guest book, there are many other gardens God used Ron to make beautiful!
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It has taken me this long to write because I still can’t believe that Ron is no longer with us on this earth. No one ever loved me unconditionally like Ron did. Our girls always hoped, and believed that Ron would be the one to do their wedding.
Over the last 14 years, it has been our privilege to host Ron for an annual Bible Conference. Each year our people turned out by the hundreds to hear one of the greatest expositors that ever graced this earth. Our church loved Ron. We loved sharing him with our membership. It was always a highlight of our year to have Ron and Kaye with us – often times when they were hurting beyond words, but they minister life to all of us through the Word.
We will always value and treasure those times of fellowship around the table and the times we were able to have them in our home. I’ll miss Ron and his IBC root beer, angel food cake, deep sigh, and that pregnant pause when he was preaching and you knew you were about to ‘get it.’
No one fed us spiritually like Ron did. We feasted at a banquet table when Ron broke the bread of life.
It was an honor at the funeral service to honor a man who brought so much honor to our Lord. I will always count it a privilege and one of the great blessings of God on my life to have known Ron Dunn. To have called him a hero, a friend, a mentor, counselor and adviser.
It is our prayer and desire that preachers and laymen will continue to carry the torch and keep the legacy of this great man alive. Though dead, he still has much to say to all of us.
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Carol Ann and I have been immeasurably blessed over many years through Ron Dunn. I first became aware of him while I was in Del City, OK, and my associate pastor, Jake Self, told me of this young man at MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church in Irving, TX. I soon became acquainted with Ron and believe him to be one of the truly great communicators of the gospel in our lifetime!
His messages were always unique and gave such a fresh insight into the Word of God that no one could hear without great challenge and blessing to their lives. He was my favorite of the Bible Conference preachers who began to do “Deeper Life” conferences back in the 70s. No one ever did it better!
His book, “Will God Heal Me?” is a classic on the subject of Divine healing. I pray that God will continue to use that book. Every pastor and concerned Christian should read that book.
It was my privilege to be Kim’s pastor for a number of years while I was at First Baptist Church in Euless, TX, and that kept me in touch with the Dunn family. We love Kim and thank God for the time we had with her…and we pray for her regularly as she gains strength and recovers from her accident and surgeries.
Thank you Kaye for your faithfulness and know we rejoice with you in the good report from your oncologist about the cancer. All of the Dunns will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Know of our love and concern.
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