Meet the Pastor

Pastor Ron Becton

Born in Bay City, Texas on September 2, 1952 to Cleveland and Margie Becton.

Raised in a family dedicated to ministry where serving and leading were modeled.

Attended Gateway College of Evangelism and is an ordained minister of the United Pentecostal Church, International.


In 1972, after completing studies at the Gateway College of Evangelism in St. Louis, Missouri, Ron spent the summer in Europe traveling to mission sites, assisting in various capacities and gleaning from the lives of experienced missionaries.


Upon return from Europe, from 1972-1976, traveled as an evangelist.

In 1975, Ron Becton married Cheryl Grisham.

In 1976 Ron and Cheryl Becton joined the staff of The First United Pentecostal Church of Nashville to serve as Youth Pastors.

1979 – Ron Becton was appointed to the position of Assistant Pastor of First Church.

1981 – Ron was voted by church body to serve as Co-Pastor.

In 1982, his father, and then pastor of First United Pentecostal Church of Nashville, Rev. Cleveland Becton, resigned to fulfill his elected position as Secretary/Treasurer at the World Evangelism Center of the United Pentecostal Church, International located in Hazelwood, Mo.

 1982, Ron Becton was elected by the First Church body to serve as lead pastor.

 On October 19, 1982, God blessed Ron and Cheryl Becton with a son, “Jared Austin”.

While leading and guiding the First Church family, Pastor Ron Becton’s voices of reason and leadership abilities have been sought after by many.

He has served in many leadership capacities:

1978-1984 - UPCI Tennessee District Youth President

1993 – present served as a UPCI Tennessee District Board Member

Served as the Executive Presbyter over the southeast region for the UPCI

Currently serving as the southeastern regional director for the

Apostolic Men’s Ministry of the UPCI.

2013 – UPCI Global Missions Board member

Pastor Ron Becton has distinguished himself as a church builder.

In 1986 – led the building program at the 5100 Wyoming Ave., doubling the square footage of that location.

2004-2005 - led First Church through the building program and relocation of our current church campus at 7512 Charlotte Pike.

Continues to lead with insight, vision and the genuine heart of a shepherd.