Nolan G. Ruby, Pastor
Pastor Ruby was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the “Great Plains” (as they are called), of the United States. He was brought to the House of God from the very earliest days of his life, and accepted Christ as his personal Saviour at the age of 15. Having been baptized into the membership of Empire Baptist Temple, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota shortly after his salvation, he began to understand the call of God upon his life to be a servant of the Lord with respect to the preaching of God’s Word at the age of 16; though this call would take maturity and no small amount of the grace of God to fully submit and yield to.
Pastor Ruby joined the United States Marine Corps’ delayed enlistment program on November 10th, 2000, and went active duty with an assignment to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, in San Diego, California for basic training in July of 2001. He was assigned to an anti-terrorism battalion out of Camp LeJeune, North Carolina as an infantryman “heavy-guns” Machine Gunner. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2002, (Operation Enduring Freedom), the Persian Gulf in 2003, (Operation Safe Passage), Haiti in 2004, (Operation Secure Tomorrow), and finally to Iraq in 2005, (Operation Iraqi Freedom).
Upon his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Pastor Ruby moved back home, and took a position with the South Dakota Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer. He worked on the mental health ward, which housed inmates classified under disciplinary segregation, infirmary care, and death row. He also filled the roll of Disturbance Control Squad Member, as well as later being promoted to S.O.R.T. (Special Operations & Rescue Tactics.) During this time, he began attending Great Plains Baptist Divinity School, where he received his B.Sc. as well as his M.Sc.
As he continued his training at Great Plains Baptist Divinity School, he took a position with the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, where he worked as a Veterans Service Representative, and crossing over to the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs, he served as both a Veterans Service Officer as well as a Disability Evaluation Coordinator for the Department of Defense. It was during this time that he met his wife Rachel. They were married in 2008, and he and his wife have three children, Lochlen, Addelise, and Rawlins, and they are the joy of their life.
Pastor Ruby has filled the rolls of teaching at a K-12 Christian academy in his home church, as a professor at Great Plains Baptist Divinity School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a volunteer chaplain in corrections, and speaking as an instructor for the Crisis Management Institute, a ministry of personal defense instruction for churches. By the guidance of the Lord, and the leadership of his Pastor, he accepted the position as the Pastor of Freedom Baptist Church, in Salt Lake City, Utah, in August of 2020.
What he and his wife enjoy most is the service opportunities afforded to them in the work of their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Emeritus Pastor: Dr. Thomas Corkish
Pastor Corkish was born in the most southern part of Arizona, where he attended grade school. That part of his life was spent pursuing two ventures: One was his classical music lessons, and the other was hiking in the mountains where he lived. Then his family moved to Denver where he was graduated from Senior High School. When he was fifteen years old he accepted, Christ as his Personal Saviour and life was never the same after that! He had already met a young lady who would eventually become his wife after she found the Lord. Both of them were active musicians and played and participated in 1,000 entertainment shows in radio, television and other musical events. They were both church organists.
Pastor had always had an interest in the military, having lived through the entire Second WW, it was natural that when he attended the University of Miami in Florida, right after High School with the purpose of being trained for Television broadcasting, and that he would take classes in R.O. T.C., as he had done in High school. It was also natural for him to be the organist in a very large Baptist Church in Miami. It was here that he was baptized and then immediately called into the ministry as a Pastor. This would also change some things in life.
The Korean War was going on and Pastor felt that he could join the military (during the Korean War) and later go to Bible College on the GJ. Bill. That is how it worked out, according to God's order, and after a year and a half of serving in the Infantry and Advanced Infantry, he was transferred, by the grace of God, to work with a Born -again Baptist Chaplain on an Artillery Training Post in Central Michigan. The young lady whom God had put in his life in High School had become his bride just before he became the Chaplain's Assistant. This gave opportunity for great training in the Word of God, soul-winning and discipleship for both of them.
Being released from active duty, they attended Bible College in Chicago, while working in several churches in the area. The family had grown with two children being born by then. Pastor became the Director of Christian Education for three years in a large Baptist Church in Illinois, and then built a church in Oswego, Illinois where he stayed for seven years. His next church was in Durango, Colorado where he had a weekly Radio Broadcast, and eventually started a Christian School for grades K-12. One of their great ministries has been to visit many mission fields in nations around the world. Indeed, the ministry has been worldwide!
He and his wife also continued with their own education, eventually earning Degrees up to and including Doctorates. Moving to Salt Lake City, where they have served the Lord for forty years has been a wonderful and profitable experience for them and the churches they have and are serving have been and are a great "company of believers.", They continue actively, spreading the Word to the world with their conservative music, expository preaching, teaching, counseling, and soul winning.