Ray is married to Jenny and they have four grown-up children and seven grandchildren. After completing two degrees at Cambridge, Ray moved to Bedford in 1980 and has served in the leadership of Grace Community Church for 35 years. The church has been involved in several church plants and has also seen its main congregation grow to nearly 500 attendees. Ray has learnt much 'the hard way' and is now assisting other leaders in overcoming some of the barriers to gospel growth that are faced in today's world. He has authored Ready, Steady, Grow (IVP) and Church Leadership (10 Publishing) to also provide help and encouragement. He is a keen sportsman, and is still playing hockey for the Bedford Veterans (a sight to behold as they all hobble onto the pitch). He is a keen reader of military history, and in any spare time is plotting the building of a model railway in his loft - for his grandchildren of course.