Pastor Ray became the 30th Minister of First Congregational Church in January of 2013. Prior to being his called to Westminster, he served as Pastor of the United Church of Bernardston, MA for nine years. Ray attended Northeastern University and graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in 2004.
Ray’s journey toward ordained ministry was generously supported by his home church, First Congregational Church of Whitman, which provided him with scholarship funds to finance his seminary education.
Ray’s vision for the church is that it be a community grounded in God’s grace made known in Jesus’ life, death and Resurrection; where the Holy Spirit is active and evident in the lives of members who are shaped by their relationship to God for ministries of sharing the Good News, working for peace and justice, ministering to the needs of others, and caring for God’s Creation.
Ray enjoys sharing life with his wife Sue and their dog Lexi. His interests include hiking, snowshoeing, yoga, travelling, contemplative prayer, contemporary Christian music, reading and movies. He is a vegetarian, a fan of the Red Sox, Bruins, and especially the Patriots.
“How do you put a face on a church’s ministry? The best place to begin is with its members and friends. A church is not a building, it is a people united in Christian faith, fellowship, and mission. It is men, women, children, and seniors with gifts to offer and needs to be filled. It is a congregation with wisdom to share and a willingness to learn; a hunger for God and compassion for God’s people. No two of us are exactly alike but each one of us is valued in God’s eyes and in the hearts of the community…”