History of ram


Wes Bartel founded Rural America Ministries Network in 2015 as a means to enhance the work of ministry in Rural America. For Wes, rural ministry has been a central focus of his life since his early years. Born on a ranch in Western Montana, his family attended a rural church that provided the foundation and primary structure for life and future ministry. With more than thirty years of experience in pastoral ministry, Wes and Dianne pastored rural churches in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Montana. He has also served as a District Youth Director, and as the National Director of Discipleship Ministries for the Assemblies of God.  They now live in Springfield, Missouri where Wes serves as the Director of Seniors Ministry for the Assemblies of God.

Wes and Dianne have been married for over fifty years. They have two married children and six grandchildren. 


In 2021 Wes began to hand the reigns of leadership of RAM Network to Rich and Kim Greenwald. 


Rich is a Native Montanan who married a Montana girl. Together they have served as pastors of congregations in Wyoming and Montana for over twenty-five years. The Greenwald’s are US Missionaries to Rural America and carry a strong passion to partner with rural pastors to increase the effectiveness of rural ministry.  Rich and Kim are actively working to build a strong network of support for the rural churches of America. 

Rich and Kim have been married for over thirty years. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren.

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  • We partner with rural pastors to help them develop a leadership pipeline within their church through mentoring.

  • We partner with rural pastors to help them develop the organizational structure of their church through the Acts 2 Journey.

  • We partner with churches and other organizations to provide practical resources to help rural churches accomplish their mission.