Fr. Ray was raised in a Navy family that moved every two years so “where are your from?” is a challenge for him to answer. Fr. Ray went to college at Florida State University and seminary at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts as well the University of the South School of Theology in Tennessee. For nearly 10 years he was a non-denominational pastor of a church that he helped plant as a college student. After marrying Beth, Fr. Ray entered the priesthood and has taken part in several church plants including All Saint’s in Smyrna in 1997 that became St. Patrick’s in Murfreesboro in 2006.
Their son Andrew is married to Annette. They are in the film and TV business so they live in Hollywood, California. Their daughter Katie is married to Keith and they are involved in sustainable farming in Wildwood, Georgia. Fr. Ray and Beth currently have 2 grandchildren with more on the way.
His hobbies include beekeeping and fishing and Beth loves gardening in the summer and genealogy during the winter. They both love to travel. Fr. Ray has done brief teaching missions in Haiti, Spain, and the Philippines and have smuggled Bibles into China. He says, “I hope to see St. Patrick’s increase its involvement in missions as we take the love of Jesus to the ends of the earth.”
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Fr. Chris grew up in the Episcopal Church in Jackson, MS. He served as an acolyte and was active in his youth group. From a young age he felt a call to the priesthood. “I didn’t really understand it at the time, but I was drawn to service in the church. I had an interest in scripture and theology but the call would take some time to solidify.”
He attended Auburn University on an Army ROTC scholarship and majored in Aviation Management (Professional Flight). At Auburn he earned his Private, Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine and Flight Instructor certificates. While in college, Fr. Chris served as president of the Episcopal Campus Ministry. After graduation he was commissioned in the Army and served at Ft. Sam Houston, TX and Ft. Campbell, KY and earned his Airborne and Air Assault Wings.
Fr. Chris and his wife Sheryl served as youth leaders at Trinity Episcopal Church in Clarksville, TN and in 1999 moved to Pennsylvania to attend Trinity School for Ministry. Chris was ordained in 2002 and served as a Church Planter with Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee. For reasons of conscience he and his family left the Episcopal Church and the ministry for several years before becoming a part of the Anglican Church in North America and St. Patrick’s.
Today, Fr. Chris’ ministry is focused on missions, discipleship, and church growth. He continues to flight instruct when he is able. Fr. Chris is the author of 3 books on the spiritual life. He and his wife Sheryl have 3 children, Aidan (14), Evan (12) and Caelyn (3).
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Father B.E. was priested in 1982 after graduating seminary at St. Luke’s School of Theology, the University of the South at Sewanee. Before seminary, he had spent 3 yrs. studying psychology in graduate school, was in the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa, developed and ran an independent living program for blind people, worked with high school dropouts, was Headmaster of an Episcopal Day School, and just prior to seminary was for 3 years Head Coach of the Women’s Tennis Team at the University of Florida.
B.E. and Beth met on a tennis court in Florida, were married in 1974 and have 2 daughters Ellen and Annie. Ellen and husband Eric have run a Christian sports camp in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years. Annie’s husband Bob is a Director of Formation for Ascension Health, the largest Catholic healthcare ministry in North America. All together there are eleven grandchildren.
Fr. B.E. has served as Associate Rector of Grace Episcopal, Orange Park Florida, Rector of St. Francis, Lake Placid, Florida, Rector of Harcourt Parish, Kenyon College (Ohio), and as Episcopal Chaplain to the University of Florida. He spent three years in Appalachian Outreach Ministry on the Cumberland Plateau, and taught religious studies for six years in the Philosophy Dept. at MTSU. For the past eight years he has also served as Chaplain to the MTSU Lady Raiders basketball team.
Fr. B.E. has been with St. Patrick’s for nine years as Associate Rector. During this time he has met with many at St. Patrick’s for counseling, prayer and spiritual direction. He has much experience in healing prayer, having become a believer through a personal healing encounter, and has a deep appreciation for the work of the Holy Spirit.
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