The Ramp Church International (RCI), initially labeled “The Ramp Worship Experience”, started on April 3, 2005 in Alta Vista, VA. The first service was held at the Historic Train Station of Alta Vista, VA, on Washington Street, which had been restored and made into a small banquet room. Most of the attendants were Liberty University students, Pastor Younger’s family and faithful friends.
When the Train Station was unavailable, the Ramp Church would meet at the Holiday Inn in Alta Vista or Liberty University's Prayer Chapel. After a few months, the buildings became too small to house the membership. Pastor Younger was then approached by Pastor Tracey McCutheon of the Love Church International on Road 714 in Alta Vista. He offered the use of their facility on Sunday Afternoon in exchange for The Ramp Church conducting praise and worship at his morning service. After much prayer the two churches came into covenant. RCI conducted service at the Love Church International for approximately a whole year.
On October 20, 2005 at 12:00 noon, Pastor Younger and the Ramp Church was recognized as an official local body by a group of independent bishops at an installation ceremony (among them was Bishop Lorenzo Hall, Bishop Tony Carter, Bishop Raymond Bennett and Bishop Motley G. Davis).
Eventually, a door opened for the young church to have a home of its own. RCI moved approximately five minutes south to a neighboring town called Hurt, VA. The church leased a 3,500 square ft. building that was a pool hall previously. The Ramp along with friends, such as Deacon Bill Recter and Elder Gene Gillette, worked effortlessly to make this facility a place fit for worship. With the church growing immensly in Hurt, VA, the Lord led Pastor Younger to start a location in Lynchburg, VA on the campus of the James Crossing Housing Complex. Since the conception of that ministry many souls have come to Christ and lives have been changed at both locations.
In March of 2008, Pastor Younger sought after God for a new building to utilize as a place of worship and was led to 3760 Candlers Mountain Road in Lycnhburg, VA. God opened the door for the rapidly growing Ramp Church to begin the process of moving into the larger facility. On the eve of the Ramp Church's 3rd Anniversary, the church was prohibited from entering into their new facility due to rezoning issues with Lynchburg City. The Ramp Church temporarily moved downtown to the City Market Lofts for worship, while awaiting the rezoning by Lynchburg City Council. Finally, in June of 2008 RCI moved into the 3760 Candlers Mountain locataion. The Lord blessed and added to the church immensely during its tenure at this location. “3760” will always hold many memories for the Ramp, among those is the election of Pastor Younger to the office of bishop in 2010.
However, during this time of growth and elevation; when returning from One Way Church’s International Holy Convocation in 2012, Bishop Younger received an email informing him that the "3760" location had been sold and RCI only had a short time to vacate the property and find a new place to worship. Being a man of great faith and prayer, Bishop Younger assembled the leadership of the church the following day (Sunday morning) and informed the leadership of what had taken place. Upon receiving the information, RCI leadership erupted in praise. Bishop Younger then knew that this was confirmation that the Lord would provide! As Bishop Younger prayerfully began looking for a new facility for the congregation, he heard about Euclid Christian Church in midtown Lynchburg. After an initial meeting with an Euclid Church board representative, he discovered that the church was actually off the market. However, they were willing to meet and talk about the possibility of purchase. While in negotiations, the two churches came to an agreement to share the facility. This was "God ordained", the two congregations formed a beautiful and a lasting relationship. On December 4, 2014, The Ramp Church officially purchased the Euclid Christian Church facility. This was nothing short of a miracle. On March 29, 2015, an official “Passing of the Torch” ceremony was held between the two churches. The ceremony was covered by local news and made the front page of the local newspaper.
The history of the Ramp Church International is nothing short of miraculous. It's humble begining, with a small group of young people, is now one of the fastest growing churches in Central Virginia. The most amazing part about the Ramp Church history is that it's still being written!