Rev. Dr. Ralph L. Tingley

December 9, 1929February 14, 2021

On February 14th, Ralph passed peacefully from his earthly life as a soldier in the Lord Jesus Christ’s army on to his heavenly earned, wholly made body and join his wife of 70 years, Dorothy and dwell in their eternal heavenly home.

Ralph loved his family beyond measure.

Ralph Is survived by his son, Bruce E. (Deborah) Tingley and daughter, Sharon S. (Steven) Marsh; grandchildren, Melissa A (Scott) Hardwicke, Amy M. (Albert) Hittle, Matthew A. (Teresa) Tingley, Rebekah S. Marsh and Elisabeth A. (Brett) Reitenbach; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Tingley and Lee (Sharon) Tingley.

Ralph is also survived by many in his family of Christ.

Pastor Ralph Tingley was proud to serve the Lord faithfully as a pastor for more than 60 years at First Baptist Church of Brown City and Maple Grove Baptist Church. After he retired, he was a proud member of Maple Grove Baptist Church, Lansing , MI. He was also instrumental, beside of his loving wife Dorothy and other co-founders, in the building of Christian Youth Camp ministry, Camp Michael, Imlay City, MI.

Pastor Ralph Tingley was a soldier for Christ until the end, witnessing to souls within the last few days of his life.

Pastor Ralph L. Tingley’s last message is, "I am. Are you? If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, please come to know Him today. I am saved. Are you?"

The funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, February 19th at Maple Grove Baptist Church, 5907 S. MLK Jr Blvd, Lansing, MI 48911 with Pastor Jason DeVrou presiding. Visitation will be from 10:00am until the time of service. Burial will follow at Roseland Memorial Gardens, 3744 Brooklyn Rd, Jackson, MI 49203 with Pastor Paul Pickel presiding. Facebook Live service available for viewing from Maple Grove Baptist Church Facebook page.

For safety to all those Ralph loved, please be sure to practice social distancing and wear face coverings when appropriate.


  • Matthew Tingley
  • Andrew Ciloski
  • Jackson Tingley
  • Boru Tingley

  • Camp Michael


  • Visitation

    Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, February 19, 2021


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Larry and Berneda Stephens

February 19, 2021

Rev. Tingley was a lifelong dear friend of ours, and he will be missed. His preaching was instrumental in me (Larry) putting my faith and trust in Jesus long ago.

Pastor Tingley was my school bus driver when growing up in Brown City, and he was Berneda's pastor when we were dating. He performed our wedding in 1965 in Brown City.

After we both ended up in the Lansing area, he would stop by my office in Haslett frequently just to visit, or let me know what was going on at Camp Michael. I helped the camp with some engineering issues on and off through the years.

Whenever we would greet, he would ask: "How are you?" And I would automatically respond: "We are doing good. How are you?" To which he would always respond: "Well, I know I'm saved and going to Heaven!"

Bernie and I wish the Tingley family great peace and comfort these days that is ours for the asking through our Lord Jesus Christ as you celebrate Pastor's promotion, as well as that of Dorothy not so long ago.

Larry and Berneda Stephens
Haslett, MI

Dave Luther

February 18, 2021

Pastor Tingley was my friend and Mentor. I always considered him as my Paul and me his Timothy. I thank our God for the many sweet times of fellowship we had at Camp Michael. The trip to Frankenmuth we made together as couples was epic. His advice was priceless. He gave me a whole three ring binder full of his sermon notes, which I will read, use and cherish.
Pastor Dave Luther

Gary Redmond

February 17, 2021

Ralph was perhaps only fleeting memorys in my life, but those memorys are good ones.

Marc Tingley

February 16, 2021

We grieve due to the temporary separation we have with Uncle Ralph and Aunt Dorthy, but rejoice in knowing they are together forever with our Lord and Savior. Uncle Ralph prayed over me during my ordination as a minister of the gospel and I have been encouraged by his great testimony of faithfulness as a servant of the Lord. Praying for you Bruce & Sharon, May God’s comforting hand be upon you and your families.
The Marc Tingley Family