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Ray was born in Flushing, New York and then moved to Philadelphia for the remainder of his youth. He eventually moved to Northern Cal to obtain his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at UC Berkeley. It was during his sophomore year in college while attending a Baptist church that he gave his life to Jesus Christ. His life from that point on has never been the same.
Soon after his conversion, he received a calling from God to one day become a full-time minister, which the Lord tested him for many years to make sure he was discerning correctly.
Ray married his wife, Jackie, and they moved to Japan in 2000 for three and a half years to serve as missionaries at a new church plant. He then moved to Los Angeles with his wife and newborn son in 2004 and obtained his Masters in Divinity degree (2006) at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena.
On February 6, 2011, he was ordained as pastor with a heart to establish a church in Pasadena. On November 11, 2012, Hill Community Church was founded as a new church plant. Ray now lives in Alhambra, California with his wife Jackie and three sons – Timothy, Jeremiah and Elijah.