A Baptist Church Planting Ministry
My name is Craig Bryan. I was born in Faison, North Carolina. Faison is a small tobacco town in the eastern part of the state. I had a Godly dad and mom who raised me in church to serve the Lord. When my mother passed on January 4th, 2020, I found comfort knowing without a doubt she was with the Lord she had told me so much about. As a five-year old boy my family attended the First Baptist Church of Faison. During one morning service the preacher preached on hell and I walked the aisle to go forward and be saved. From that point forward my life was forever changed. My father was eventually transferred to Salisbury, NC for his job. During that time I got away from God, but God never got away from me. In the 10th grade I gave my life back to God and promised never to turn my back on Him again. Since that time I have been faithful in preaching and winning souls to Christ. I recognized the Godly heritage of my parents, and grandparents needed to be carried on. In the 1970’s while at a Sword of the Lord Conference, sitting under the preaching of Dr. Curtis Hudson, God called me to preach. Since surrendering to the call I have served in many capacities. I have been in the bus ministry, a youth director, an assistant pastor. I was also the pastor of three churches. Over the past 40 years I have worked in every aspect of the ministry. While pastoring for 14 years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I faced the biggest battle of my life. My wife of 28 years was diagnosed with bone cancer. After years of battling cancer, the Lord saw fit to take her home in 2011. When she passed God called me to full-time evangelism. Since 2011, I have seen thousands come to Christ through revival meetings and conferences. Not only in the United States but in many other countries around the world. In February, 2014, God blessed me by sending me a new wife. Mrs. Lydia had battled cancer with her husband, but he too had went on to Heaven. God blessed me with a new helpmeet; ready to serve together with me. With the talent God gave her to sing and play the piano, she is a true blessing to my ministry.
Several years ago, God put on my heart to begin a ministry to plant churches all over the world. Little did I know how this would come about. As God began to deal with me and deal with other men; the Lord put on my heart the idea to pick 12 solid men already on the field getting the job done. These men would guard things to make sure the churches planted were doing what they said they would do. I began to talk and counsel with other men who agreed with my plan.
One of those men was Ron Middleton. In 2011, God had sent Bro. Ron into my life as a true friend to be with me during the struggles of my first wife’s cancer battle. Little did I know what God was going to do to use us together. Bro. Ron was a dear friend to my ministry. He was a laymen in his church that loved God and was a great servant of the Lord. Bro. Ron has now gone on to Heaven after a battle with brain caner. God laid it on my heart to honor him by naming the Missions Outreach after him, because he had been such a loyal friend and a loyal servant of God. So it is with great honor for us to have this ministry named the Ron Middleton Missions Outreach. My goal for the Missions Outreach is to plant new Fundamental Independent Baptist churches all over the world. My second goal is to help and encourage the Pastors and Missionaries by having men already established and on the Outreach team stay in contact with them. My most important goal is to see souls won to Christ.
The Ron Middleton Missions Outreach has now begun with great men working with me. You can tour our website to see the men, along with their testimonies, and their work of planting churches all around the world. There you will be able to follow their progress and find more information as the Outreach grows. We are excited about what God is going to do through the Missions Outreach. Little did I know God was going to take a country boy from the eastern part of North Carolina and literally carry me all over the world to preach the Gospel. I pray that you would pray about being part of our team and having a part in our ministry by prayerfully and financially supporting it. We need your help spreading the Gospel. We pray that many souls will go to your account because of your efforts. God bless you and I hope that we can serve the Lord together until Jesus comes again.
Love in Christ;
Bro. Craig & Mrs. Lydia Bryan
My name is Ron Middleton and I was born in southern Illinois where I lived for the first 14 years of my life. In 1957, at the age of six years old, I received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and immediately God gave me a burden to reach others. I didn't want anyone to die and go to hell! As I grew older, my pastor became my friend and taught me a great deal about the Bible. He later was called to another church in Kentucky and we lost contact in 1964. As happens with many teenagers, I became backslidden on God. In 1975, ten months before leaving the Air Force, God began working on my heart and I rededicated my life to the Lord. The desire God had placed in the heart of my younger self to reach the lost, soon returned and has remained to this very day. As my burden for souls grew, my dad recommended that I start witnessing to my "friends". Some melted away but the Lord blessed my efforts and by the grace of God, three were saved. The first being a single man who lived in Minnesota. Sadly we have lost contact, but I know we will see each other again one day; and for that I praise the Lord! The second was a local friend. As soon as church was over that day, he rushed home to share the good news with his wife. He brought her to my parents house, where I was staying at the time. She received salvation and remains active in church to this day. The third man was from West Virginia and later he brought his wife to me, again at my parent's home and was saved also. It was definitely good advice from my Dad. Seeing them saved has touched my life in a great way, and I still pass out tracts in addition to supporting pastors and missionaries. That is what the Lord has asked me to do and it is my heart's desire to please Him.
That is why my wife and I are so excited for the opportunity to partner with my dear friend, Craig Bryan, in the Outreach. I am honored and humbled that he considers me worthy to be the namesake of such a great work for the Lord! My family and I have been abundantly blessed and it is amazing to be part of this ministry: planting churches all over the world to reach thousands of the lost for Christ. (Bro. Ron has since went home to be with the Lord. He will be missed by all. You may view his obituary below.)
"The Fruit of the Righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise."
Thank you & God Bless.
Bro. Ron & Mrs. Kim Middleton
FREDERICKTOWN: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15
Ronald “Ron” Middleton went to be with the Lord Wednesday afternoon, March 11, 2020, from his home surrounded by his family. He was 69.
He was born November 29, 1950, in Highland, Illinois, to parents Victor & June (Ware) Middleton. He graduated from Lucas High School with the class of 1968, then proudly served his country by joining the US Air Force before attending The Ohio State University and Texas A&M University.
Ron was a member of Peoples Baptist Church and also a board member of Ron Middleton Mission Outreach.
Ron worked for Kroger for 27 years and retired in 1994 to launch a new career as an entrepreneur, and established R & K Distributing, an independent distributorship for McKee Foods products. He continued the distributorship for fourteen years until in 2008 he founded another business venture called Middleton Mechanical, LLC, which is still in operation today.
In spare time, he enjoyed going fishing and even a little hunting. He also enjoyed muscle cars, especially Mopars; but above all, Ron cherished his family.
He is survived by his loving wife Kimberly Middleton; children Jeremiah (Amanda) Middleton, Joshua (Kristi) Middleton, Aaron (Dani) Middleton, Abigail (Joel) Fugate, Andrew (Katherine) Middleton and Sharon Middleton; and 11 grandchildren. Ron was preceded in death by his parents.
The Middleton family will receive friends Sunday, March 15, 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Ron’s life will be held Monday, March 16, 2020, at Peoples Baptist Church beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Union Cemetery in Perrysville.
Contributions in Ron’s memory to Ron Middleton Missions Outreach may be sent to the funeral home.