The Ramp

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FAQ's

Core Beliefs

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, and His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection from the dead, in His ascension back to the Father's right hand to make intercession for believers, and in His physical Second Coming to rule and reign in power and glory.

We believe all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; therefore, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is necessary for the salvation of lost man and this miracle is wrought through simple faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a victorious life and demonstrate Christ-like maturity.

We believe in the present operation of the gifts of the Spirit that are listed in the New Testament and expect and encourage all believers to exercise their spiritual gifts to the edifying of the body of Christ.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved will experience resurrection unto life and glory; the lost will experience resurrection unto eternal death and damnation.

We believe that Holy Communion and Water Baptism are the two ordinances Christ gave to His Church. Water Baptism is by immersion in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost and is for individuals who have come to the conscious decision of faith in Christ. Holy Communion is a sacred supper whereby believers partake of the body of Christ in remembrance of His sacrifice.

Is the Ramp affiliated with any denomination?

The Ramp is not affiliated with any one denomination; however, it is governed by a Board of Directors. The Ramp encourages people from all denominations to attend its services and events.

Board of Directors

Karen Wheaton
Rick Towe
Pastor Randy Long
Patty Long

I believe God is drawing me to move to Hamilton. What do I do?

Any decision to move to Hamilton, Alabama, should be approached with much counsel from spiritual authority and with much prayer. Should you decide to move, the Ramp at this time is not able to provide any job opportunities or housing. Opportunities to be involved include weekly services, daily prayer meetings, and regular volunteering.

How do I get Karen Wheaton/Chosen to come to my church?

For all booking requests, please email info@theramp.org.

What is the process to join Chosen?

Each member of Chosen has been hand selected by Karen Wheaton. The process always begins with a drawing that Ms. Karen feels toward an individual. As opportunity comes, Ms. Karen grows relationally with that person to see if the Lord has called her to pour into him or her as a spiritual mother. Once there is a clear answer from God, that person must determine whether he or she is willing to make the personal sacrifice it takes to be a part of the team.

Common Terminology


Awakening: a move of God that is not limited to one local congregation nor by a set duration. It is perpetually sustained and is experienced on a national and international level, marked by the presence of Holy Spirit and a great harvest of souls.
[Explanation: There are many promises in scripture of an awakening of great magnitude, such as Joel 2:28-32. Also, there have been moves of God throughout history that have impacted entire nations and regions, such as the 1st and 2nd Great Awakenings and the Welsh Revival. Psalm 119:111 says that testimonies are a heritage to the godly.]

Spiritual Authority:
leaders that God has set in authority for the purpose of maturing and equipping the body of Christ. Teaching the principles of spiritual authority does not induce people to blindly follow man but to honor the authority God has vested in man and to follow a leader as he or she follows Christ.
[Explanation: This is in accordance with Ephesians 4:11, 12, which speaks of authorities’ role in the body. Hebrews 13:7, 17 instructs believers to remember and be submissive to spiritual authority. Paul, a man in authority, instructs the believers imitate him as he imitates Christ (1 Cor. 11:1).]

Spiritual Father/Mother: a man or woman who operates in someone’s life as a spiritual authority on a more relational level and is committed to the individual’s development as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
[Explanation: One example from scripture is Paul and Timothy’s relationship. Though Paul was a spiritual authority to many, he took more of a personal relationship with Timothy, even calling him “a true son in the faith” (1 Tim. 1:2). Elijah and Elisha is another example of a spiritual father and son.]

Spirit of Elijah:
the spirit that causes the hearts of fathers and children to turn toward each other to prepare the way for a visitation from God.
[Explanation: Malachi 4:5, 6 explains the hearts of fathers and children being turned. In Matthew 11:14, Jesus identifies John as Elijah because he operated in the spirit of Elijah, which prepared the way for Jesus. The connection between preparation and fathers and children is apparent in that God will move where His order is present, and His order is that fathers would take care of children (See Eph. 6:4 and Gen. 18:19).]

The Kingdom:
the authority and will of God being exercised in the earth. To say someone will enforce the kingdom simply means that someone is operating completely in the will of God.
[Explanation: The word Kingdom comes from two words: “king” and “dominion”. Therefore, “kingdom” refers to anything under the dominion of King Jesus. In Matthew 6:10, Jesus instructs His disciples to pray, “Your kingdom come.” He then explains that prayer in His next sentence: “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”]

Apostolic: anyone or anything that is submitted to spiritual authority and sent by God from that authority for a specific purpose or mission.
[Explanation: The word “apostle” literally means “sent one”. Therefore, any use of the word denotes a leader in authority sending someone to represent their authority in order to accomplish a mission. Matthew 10:1 is an example of an apostolic sending.]

Prophet: a person gifted with a spiritual awareness to perceive the mind and counsel of God for the purpose of providing direction for the church as he or she operates under the government of an apostle.
[Explanation: All throughout the Old Testament the prophets would reveal the mind of God (what He was planning to do) and the counsel of God (how to either embrace or reject His plan). 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 4:11, 12, and Ephesians 2:20-22 are scriptures that deal with the role of a prophet in the New Testament church.]

Forerunner: a person sent prior to a move of God in order to prepare the hearts of people to receive the move.
[Explanation: John the Baptist is an example of a forerunner. Jesus says in Matthew 11:10 that John the Baptist prepared the way before his face. Jesus is the ultimate example of a forerunner. Hebrews 6:20 refers to Jesus as the forerunner who went behind the veil for us. Jesus prepared the way for us to have a relationship with God.]

Speaking in Tongues:
the act of speaking in a language unknown to the person speaking, as the Holy Spirit provides the utterance. This act can either be for the edification of the corporate body if interpreted or for the edification of the individual as he or she speaks privately to God.
[Explanation: The first occurrence of speaking in tongues is found in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit is first poured out. Later in 1 Corinthians 14, Paul gives further instruction about tongues, telling the church to either speak in tongues with an interpreter so that the entire body can be edified or speak in tongues privately, edifying the individual as his spirit prays and speaks to God.]

Prophetic: anything that communicates what God is saying, whether it is a sermon, song, or physical action. Someone does not have to be a prophet in order to be prophetic.
[Explanation: Throughout the Old Testament, God would tell the prophets to perform an action to communicate to Israel and Judah what He was saying. One example of this is found in Zechariah 11:10. Paul tells believers to earnestly desire to prophesy, though he indicates previously that not all are prophets (1 Cor. 14:39; 12:29).]

Shout: throughout scripture the people of God shout or are commanded to shout. Shouting and lifting the voice signifies many things, including God has triumphed, joyful worship, and rejoicing over God’s presence. We encourage young people at the Ramp to lift their voice in declaration that God has triumphed over their enemies of sin, that they are going to new levels of joy in worship, and that they can live in the presence of God. (Victory: Joshua 6:5, 16, 2 Chronicles 13:15, Isaiah 42:13. Joyful Worship: Psalm 33:3; 95:1; 98:4. Rejoicing: 1 Samuel 4:6, 1 Chronicles 15:16, Ezra 3:11, Isaiah 12:6)

Dance: in scripture the dance is used to praise God and to rejoice. As David is returning the ark to Jerusalem, he does it “leaping and whirling before the Lord” (2 Samuel 6:16). His dancing signified praise and rejoicing at God’s presence. Therefore, we dance to praise God and rejoice for all that He has done in our lives. (Psalm 149:3; 150:4)

Shofar: the shofar or trumpet was blown many times in scripture for many different reasons. Generally, it was used to summon people together to accomplish a purpose for God, whether war or prayer and fasting. The voice of God is also likened unto the sound of a trumpet, according to Revelation 1:10; 4:1, Exodus 19:16, 19, and 20:18. Therefore, when we blow the shofar, we are making the prophetic gesture that God is calling His people together for a specific purpose. It activates and awakens people to take their place in the army of God. Also, blowing the shofar is used to accompany shouting. (Joshua 6:20, Judges 3:27; Nehemiah 4:20; Jeremiah 4:5; Joel 2:15; Psalm 150:3)

Praying Aloud: praying aloud in a corporate setting is for the sake of unity and agreement. In Acts 4:24, the believers have a prayer meeting where “they raised their voice to God with one accord . . . .” In John 11:41, 42 before raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus prays aloud for the sake of those around him. Jesus does command believers to not pray just to be seen by men, but He also commands His house to be a house of prayer for all nations (Matt. 6:5, Mark 11:17). Therefore, we take the approach that there are to be times of personal, private prayer and times of corporate, vocal prayer, as modeled by the New Testament church.

Healing: according to scripture it is the privilege of believers to heal the sick because Jesus took strips upon His body (Is. 53:5). Before ascending into heaven, Jesus tells His disciples, “[T]hese signs will follow those who believe:  . . . they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:17, 18). Healing is a sign that is meant to follow believers. Jesus also says in John 14:12, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” Healing is a Biblical promise from Jesus to believers. (See also James 5:14, 15)