Ron Bishop was born in Warne Robins, GA in 1945. He grew up in Blacksburg, SC. He was a star athlete at Blacksburg High School, where he graduated in 1963.
At the age of 9, Ron accepted Jesus as his savior and was baptized at the First Baptist Church. During his senior year, Ron went on a mission trip to Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico with 40 preachers, including Jerry Falwell. During that trip, God called Ron to preach. At the age of 21, he was ordained into the ministry by the church.
Ron attended Tennessee Temple College. At TTC, he played basketball. He graduated in 1967 with a B.A. Degree. At TTC, he met Pat Reagan from Atlanta. Pat and Ron married in August, 1967. Ron continued his studies and received a Masters of Divinity degree from Temple Baptist Theological Seminary. Pat graduated from TTC with a B.S. degree and received a Masters of Education from UT Chattanooga.
In 1972-75, Ron served as Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Hartselle, Alabama. In 1975, Ron and Pat returned to Chattanooga where Ron became Athletic Director and head basketball coach at TTU. Pat served as professor in the Physical Education department.
Ron was a successful basketball coach, leading his team to 4 national championships. He was twice named “National Coach of the Year.” He was also inducted into 5 “Halls of Fame.”
In 1984, Ron and Pat founded SCORE International, a missions organization whose purpose was to expose and engage youth on “short-term mission trips.” They founded this ministry in the basement of their home.
For 30 years, Ron and Pat saw God grow this ministry into the worldwide organization with more than 200 missionaries and employees. During that time, more than 100,000 Americans travelled with SCORE to more than 20 countries and shared the Gospel with millions of people.
Ron installed his chosen successor, John Zeller as Executive Director. Pat Bishop is actively involved in the ministry and serves on the Board of Directors.
Ron passed away on June 16, 2014 at the age of 68. He is survived by wife, Pat Bishop, and two daughters; Robyn Herring, Rhonda Swaney, and five grandchildren.