Ray was born in Vereeniging, a small industrial town in Gauteng, South Africa. He completed his schooling at General Smuts High School and went on to become an electronics engineer. Having spent most of his career in management he ended up having his own business until answering a call from God to become a minister of Word and Sacrament.
In 2005 Ray and his wife spent a year in the near coastal town of Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape after which they moved to Heidelberg, Gauteng where Ray served in the Heidelberg Methodist Church and his wife Elize served in the Nigel Methodist Church (15 Km away). Rays’ passion has always been to grow a church that included young families. By the grace of God from 2006 to 2017 saw Heidelberg Methodist growing in numbers and young people with the introduction of new ways of worship and service styles that were acceptable to both the younger and older generations.