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Ralph Speas

President and Master Trainer

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Ralph Speas, president of Meridian University of Biblical Training is a member of First Southern Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He served as associate pastor at First Southern Baptist Church of Del City, Oklahoma for twenty-one years, at Applewood Baptist Church, Wheatridge, Colorado for less than two years, and at Eastwood Baptist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma for nine years.

     Ralph Speas received his undergraduate degree from Houghton College, Houghton, New York and his Master of Divinity degree from Luther Rice Seminary, Lithonia, Georgia. An honorary doctorate was bestowed on him by Immanuel Baptist Theological Seminary, Peachtree City, Georgia.

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Jacob Boss

Vice President of Global Training


Jacob Boss is Director of Global Training 

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Speas Ralph



Ralph Speas is currently the President of Meridian University of Biblical Training.  He and Tom Elliff founded Meridian in 2006.  Previously, Ralph was Associate Pastor at Del City First Southern Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he served for 21 years.  As of 2021, Ralph has served as pastor, associate pastor, church administrator, Minister of Bible Education and Religious Educator for 59 years.  He received his bachelor's degree from Houghton College, his master's in theology at Luther Rice Seminary, and an honorary doctorate from Immanuel Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is married to Rosene and they have three children, Jon, Cindy, and Krista (in Heaven).