Ron and Chery grew up on small family farms, about 13 miles apart. They met in junior high and started dating near the end of their sophomore year at West Branch High School.
Ron’s family attended the North Benton Presbyterian church and Chery’s the North Georgetown Brethren Church. Ron trusted Christ as a result of listening to a TV evangelist, Rex Humbard, and during their college years, Ron and Chery were both discipled through the ministries of Campus Crusade for Christ and the Navigators. Ron sensed the call of God into ministry near the end of his first year of college. While enrolled at The Ohio State University they both started attending the Worthington Grace Brethren Church and were introduced to the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.
Ron and Chery were married in 1971, and after college Ron was called to serve as a youth pastor at the Ankenytown Grace Brethren Church (’72-’74). In the summer of 1974 they moved their mobile home to the Winona Lake area and Ron started his four year MDiv program at Grace Theological Seminary. For three of those years he was the associate pastor at the Elkhart Grace Brethren Church.
Upon graduation from seminary, Ron assumed the pastorate of a church plant in the university town of Bowling Green, Ohio, where he served for seven years (1978-1985). In 1985 Ron, Chery and their four children moved to Macedonia to plant a new church “from scratch.” Here they would lead in planting and establishing this church for 15 years and raise their kids.
Ron resigned from his pastoring responsibilities in 2000 and began serving as a regional career missionary in the Midwest for the purpose of helping others plant new churches with the national church planting organization of the Grace Brethren. Prior to that time, a) he had been a church planter himself, b) the church of which he was a senior pastor had attempted to plant two other churches, c) he attended several church planting seminars, and d) he served on the national board of directors for the Grace Brethren Home Missions organization.
At the end of 2007 the national church-planting organization of which he had been a part ceased operations. On August 2nd Ron officially became a part of an organization he helped bring into existence five years previously, VisionOhio.
Ron and Chery currently have four adult children, all of which are married, and fourteen grandchildren. The Boehms still live in Macedonia, Ohio, and for the past five years they have been leading a house church, LifeSprings, in Twinsburg.
After a near-death medical emergency on October 23rd, 2014, the Boehms were invited to work on the staff of the Western Reserve Grace Church for the purpose of coaching and mentoring young emerging leaders. Ron is now serving part-time at the church giving oversight to the development of their LifeGroup ministry.
Chery, besides working alongside Ron in his pastoral duties, coaches wives of church planters, and other women involved in leadership.
Together they make a good team, often being perceived as having an Aquilla/Priscilla type working relationship, something they have refined, and continue to improve, the past 44 years of ministry.