Ricky Bybee

What you should know about me:

I have served as an “On-Air” Personality at 91.3 Hope FM since October 2014.  Born and educated in Frankfort, Indiana, I entered the U.S. Navy and retired after 25 years.  I worked in Naval and commercial ship repair as a Project Manager for 10 years when I answered the call to ministry.  I currently serve as a Chaplain at the Putnam Community Medical Center, Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, Solantic Care Center, Vintage Care, KIVA and Lakewood rehabilitation facility performing object lesson ministry, prayer vigils and visitations.  I am an active member of Kiwanis, the American Legion and the Putnam County Ministerial Association. I have been a member of the Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home Family for more than 5 years serving as a Funeral Assistant, Veteran’s Advocate and Media Coordinator.  I enjoy people, helping people and serving this community. I enjoy hunting, fishing and family. I reside in East Palatka with my wife Jo. In 2015, we celebrated 20 years of marriage.


Favorite Verse:

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). We are commanded to “be still” in this verse.  This spiritual calm, God commands! So as our world seems to crumble around us, the call from Scripture is:  “don’t flinch in faith in God”. Stand still—not because of a self-made confidence, not because you are the most composed person in the face of disaster, not because “you’ve seen it all”, Be still because of what you know ABOUT God.

It is “God’s past” that provides calm for “our future.”  Know that he is God! Know it, not merely intellectually, but practically, spiritually, and emotionally.  

“It tells me that even if I am the last person standing,… be still.”


Which Hope FM song gives you hope:

“Keep Making Me” – The Sidewalk Prophets

That song is the “soundtrack” of my personal walk with Christ.  Being so focused on Him that He was fixing the brokenness in me, even when I didn’t want it, or I wasn’t looking.  

It’s important to remember that in God’s time, things will happen.  If you can be fully trusting and loving Him in those moments of loneliness, emptiness and brokenness you are going to be greatly, greatly rewarded.  Not monetarily or emotionally, but spiritually!


Favorite food:  

I am hands-down a “Meat and Potatoes” guy.  A great steak, medium rare and a loaded baked potato with a side of green beans w/some ham in it.  


 When I’m not on the radio, you’ll find me…

Praying for folks in the hospital, nursing homes, hospice facility or working with the bereaved.  Then home for some family love where I am blessed to be able to spend time with the grandchildren.   


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Join me for worship at Trinity Baptist Church, 5021 Silver Lake Dr, Palatka, FL 32177.  

(Service times: Sunday Breakfast 9am; Sunday School 9:30am; Sunday Service 10:30am; Wednesday Service at 6:30pm)