ROCKFORD - Clergy members tend
to preach, "turn the other cheek" when it comes to fighting, but come next
month a Rockford pastor is taking his zeal for mixed martial arts to the ring,
all fighting for a good cause. All of
the money he makes during his fight will go to helping those less fortunate in
Pastor Tim Ramsden
is one of the pastors at
"I've built great relationships with the fighters," said Ramsden.
"I'd like to say we're like brothers, but I'm so old compared to them it's more like father-son or in some cases grandfather-son."
The 53 year-old
took up the pastime about eight years ago while with his two nephews at a
sports club in suburban
"Just before the earthquake, we had traveled down twice that year, just to see what we could be involved in and decided on somethings," Ramsden said. "Then the earthquake came and that opened the door."
"Just more needs and more opportunity for us to try and help people who needed help."
has helped to build homes, establish a school, help ministries administer care
to those less fortunate. Some of his
congregants are helping to establish an agriculture program down in
last year to put both fighting and helping those in need together. He entered a fight where he was fighting for
"Mixed martial arts is a fun fight for me," said Ramsden. "The other part is what the bible calls the 'good fight,' and it's the real fight, it's the big fight and it's about people's lives, sometimes it's about food, sometimes just care during a crisis."
Fighting that good fight makes Ramsden and his congregation feel pretty blessed.
"What we give is nothing compared to what we end up getting and that's the big surprise when you go."
If you want to see
Pastor Tim Ramsden take on his competitors while giving to a good cause - the event's
called Rumble on