Rev. Ronald English was licensed and ordained under into the ministry by Drs. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. where and served as Assistant Minister and offered the prayer at the funeral of Dr. King.
In June of 1972, Rev. Ronald English was called to the pastorate of First Baptist Church of Charleston, West Virginia where reserved for 21 years and initiated the Black Heritage Cultural Series as the first such project funded by the WV Arts and Humanities Council and the Division of Culture and History.
He has taught courses in African- American history and leadership studies as adjunct instructor at West Virginia State University and Wheeling Jesuit University. In 1989, he participated in a delegation of African American ministers invited by Bishop Desmond Tutu to South Africa on the release of Nelson Mandela.
Rev. English was awarded the Living the Dream for Peace in 2012 by Martin Luther King Holiday Commission and currently serves as a Restorative Justice Facilitator with the American Friends Service Committee.