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Ron Handlon Senior Pastor

Hi, I’m Ron and I’m the Senior Pastor of Buckhead Baptist. As senior pastor I have the privilege to cast vision, to keep our mission of “pursuing the mission of God by fulfilling the Great Commission, embodying the Great Commandment, and demonstrating the Great Compassion” in focus, to teach the Scriptures, to provide an environment of spiritual growth, to mentor and multiply leaders, and to equip the congregation to use their gifts in ministry to others as a witness of Jesus’ love to the community.


  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Philosophy from Baylor University (1998) / Graduate Studies in Philosophy at Baylor University (2000)
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology (2006).
  • Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Columbia Theological Seminary (2009)
  • Doctor in Ministry (D.Min.) from Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology (2013).


Ron enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Christine and their three precious children: Stephen (age 8), Christopher (age 6), and Abigail (age 3). He is an avid reader and thoroughly enjoys a wide range of literary genres. He enjoys engaging conversation over coffee, fitness/sports, and playing golf with friends and colleagues.


Ron’s theology is informed and influenced from various and multifaceted inlets, such as Augustine, Irenaeus, Luther, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Hick, and Hartshorne just to name a few. While Ron begrudgingly admits the need to systematize his theology, at least in parts, he continues to be fascinated and intrigued with postmodern thought and its influential impact on traditional Christian thought, especially the rational focus inherited from the Enlightenment.

Hermeneutical Key & Ministerial Focus

Ron believes that Jesus Christ (his life, ministry, death, and resurrection) is the lens through which all of Scripture must be read. Indeed, Jesus is the litmus test through which all of life must be viewed. Ron’s focus in ministry revolves around Jesus’ command to his disciples in the gospel of John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Ron sees the essence of true religion as appropriately defined by James in James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”