Bishop Demery attributes his Christian formation to his grandparents, Pastor Emeritus, Apostle James Silver and Mother Vera Silver. During his childhood under his grandparents’ tutelage, he was introduced to the fundamentals of Biblical principles. As he grew into a young man, his quest for a deeper understanding of God’s Word became a blueprint to his call into the ministry nourished and encouraged by both his parents and grandparents.
In 1991, Bishop Demery graduated from Coolidge High School and in that same year began attending the University of the District of Columbia majoring in business management. It was in the previous year, 1990, that he was introduced to the bride of his youth at the age of 17. They married in 1995 and to this union were born three gifted children: Aniya, Autumn-Jimmie, and James who are also actively involved in ministry.
Bishop Ronald L. Demery, Jr. pastors the Bible Way Church of Washington, DC, with a compassionate heart fueled by God’s divine Holy Spirit and power. His authentic love for God’s people is seen through the way he ministers the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bishop Demery’s one-on-one discipleship, preaching , and practical Bible teaching evokes a desire in others to experience an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ leading to salvation and spiritual maturity.
Bishop Demery was born to the late Ronald Lee Demery, Sr., and Barbara Demery in Washington DC. As a child, he attended Scripture Church and Bible Way Church along with his parents. In 1994, he was baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ at Bible Way Church and shortly thereafter he received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Bishop Demery served for 21 years as a Department Manager with the Super Value Corporation. In this position, he acquired managerial skills and customer service experience enhancing his service as Pastor.
Bishop Demery was an instructor at the Bible Way Educational Center where he taught Catechism for Ministers and Elders Ordination Preparation. He was instrumental in assisting with the development of the weekly Bible Study curriculum for the congregation. Bishop Demery served on the Deacon Board for two years and was the auxiliary Director of the Brotherhood Fellowship Club for five years.
In 2007, Bishop Demery was appointed by Apostle Silver to be the Youth Director of Generation Next Youth Ministry. He, along with his wife, Lady LaShawn, restructured and revitalized Bible Way’s Youth Ministry. As Youth Director, he sought anointed men and women to work under his leadership which led to the successful implementation of a balanced youth program/ministry. This youth ministry provided practical Biblical teachings. Bishop Demery was the visionary of the annual youth conference (2008-2012) where many youth and adult lives were transformed through the Word of Life. He also served as a Camp Site Pastor for “Camp Joy”, a Christian summer camp for youth in the church as well as youth from the community that provided fun/Christ-filled activities and services leading youth to salvation.
In 2013, Bishop Demery was appointed Interim Pastor by Apostle James Silver. After serving one year as the Interim Pastor, he was selected to be the third pastor of Bible Way Church of Washington, DC.
Bishop Demery currently serves as a visionary Pastor who envisions the Church as a holistic place of worship ministering to the complete person in mind, body, spirit and soul.