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Mansfield Run With Heart: A Pastor’s Personal Connection

Posted by Rev. Mike Ramsdell on Jan 8, 2016 12:23:42 PM


A number of years ago I had a lunch in Dallas with the President of Methodist Health System, a member of the Board, and the head Chaplain.  As the Pastor of First Methodist Mansfield they wanted to talk about the possibility of a new hospital in Mansfield.  There was no doubt a hospital was wanted and needed.  Not too many months went by until there was a ground breaking, and I was offered the privilege of being on the inaugural Advisory Board of Mansfield Methodist Medical Center.  

Since then, thousands have been served, babies have been born, lives have been saved, and the influence of the hospital has had a significant and positive impact on this great community.

But for me the greatest significance may have been a little over three years ago.  I was preparing to go to Church that Wednesday morning to visit some of mission projects for United Mission Week.  But I suddenly begin feeling some pains in my jaw and shoulder.  Since the hospital was minutes from my house and on my way to Church, I stopped by the emergency room expecting to get an all clear. Instead I discovered I had a 100% blockage and received a stent; no heart damage, thank you Jesus. I am convinced if a hospital with cardiac care was not close by the story would have ended very differently.

Since that time I have run three and four times a week, many 5Ks, a number of half marathons, and even a marathon.  But by far my favorite is the Run with Heart half marathon and 5K in partnership with the hospital. Methodist Mansfield has been a sponsor each year, with many in our Church family participating, some walking, some in the 5K, and many in the half marathon. Many are running or walking in an event like this for the first time, my hope the first of many as healthy exercise becomes a way of life.

I believe that the cardiac care at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center is the reason I am running today and able to continue to serve my family, my Church family and my community.  I am thrilled to once again have our Church partner with the hospital in the Run with Heart adventure, taking place on January 30, 2016, that brings awareness to heart needs as well as raises funds for heart causes.  For me it’s personal. But so is running and walking as a community, promoting exercise and heart care.


mike.jpgRev. Mike Ramsdell
Pastor, First Methodist Mansfield
Methodist Health System

Rev. Ramsdell has served as a pastor in the Mansfield community since 1995, having led in a season of great growth, from a membership of a little over a thousand to over 7,000 today.

Mike is passionate about focusing the church around the mission of loving God, loving others and serving the world. He is one of the leading United Methodist ministers in the area of the church’s expansion in worship and mission.

Mike and his wife, Rhonda, have three grown children and nine beautiful grandchildren. Mike enjoys running, any beach, spending time at the gym, and he and Rhonda enjoy an occasional movie.

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