In 1964, Ray graduated from high school and pursued a college education at John Wesley University. Soon after graduation from college, he began the recording process within the North Carolina Yearly Meeting, and was recorded as a Friends Minister in 1972. Ray has been a devoted Quaker Pastor all over North Carolina for 51 years. He has served as a Chaplain within the North Carolina State Prison System, and also at numerous hospital and Hospice locations. He has conducted mission work in Haiti, Africa, Montana, Mexico, and Canada.
Ray and his wife, Anneal, were married in 1967. Anneal is a retired Hospital Administrator from Johnston Health. They have one daughter, Cherese, who is married and has three beautiful children. Cherese is a Residential Director of Social Work at Twin Lakes Retirement Center, and her husband, Shannon, is an Associate/Youth Pastor of an independent church. Cherese and her family reside in Burlington, NC.
Ray has had many opportunities to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in many areas, and considers serving Him as the greatest blessing of his life.