Rev. Ralph Bates


Dr. Ralph Bates died on April 27, 2021. He was a retired elder.

The arrangements are as follows:

  • A celebration of life service will be held in the Sanctuary of Birmingham First United Methodist Church on Friday, April 30 at 11 a.m.
  • COVID protocols will include a maximum capacity and require that guests remain masked while indoors. If you would like to attend the service in-person please reserve a seat at this LINK. If you need assistance making a reservation please call the Church Office at 205-254-3186 by Thursday at 4 p.m.
  • Once seating capacity is full you are invited to support the family by viewing the livestream of the service at this LINK.

Rev. Bates was ordained an elder in 1956. He began serving churches in 1949 including Edgewater Ct, Minor, Huguley Ct, Alexander City, Centre First, Hartselle First, Trinity, Decatur Central, and Birmingham First UMCs. He also served as Director of the Office of Superannuate Homes & Ordained Ministry. He retired in 1995.

Please remember his wife Mary Ann and family in your prayers.

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