Ed serves the Lord as lead pastor of Redemption Church in Mobile, Alabama. Ed began ministry as a church planter in Arizona and came to First Baptist North Mobile in 1994. Ed and his wife Tammy planted the Mountain View Baptist Church in 1987 and saw God bless the birth and establishment of an effective evangelistic church.
He came to a great church with a great vision in Alabama. Since his arrival, North Mobile continues to grow and expand its work in missions around the world. In 2007, Ed and his family, as well as the entire church family, suffered a devastating loss when Tammy was suddenly killed in an automobile accident.
God began to direct North Mobile to see disciple-making as the real imperative of The Great Commission. This and other changes have led to a rebirth of God’s vision. North Mobile has embraced a vision of reaching more and making disciples through church planting and the expansion of multiple locations. In September of 2015, the church relaunched as a new congregation called Redemption Church. God is moving in and through Redemption Church, as people are growing in grace and making disciples who make disciples.
Today Redemption is one church in two locations, both in North and West Mobile. Redemption has helped plant churches in New York City, Cleveland, Ohio, Denver, Tucson, Leesburg, VA, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Northern Virginia, and Las Vegas. Redemption Church is looking to plant more gospel-believing churches in North America.
Ed’s new chapter continues as he married Kathy Ferguson, a pastor’s wife who suffered a similar loss and now leads a ministry to church planters’ wives through the North American Mission Board.
Ed received a Bachelor of Arts from Grand Canyon University, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Ed served as the 63rd president of the Southern Baptist Convention.