I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. Philippians 3:10
Senior Pastor, Rob Ray, lives by this verse in his life and in his ministry. At the young age of 11 he gave his heart and life to Jesus Christ at a revival service in Memphis, Tennessee. At 16 years old, while attending church camp, Rob sensed God calling him to preach the gospel. He soon surrendered to the ministry and has served on staff at churches since he was 19. First Baptist Porter is fortunate to have Rob as Senior Pastor since 2011.
Sports were a big part of Rob’s younger life. He grew up playing baseball, basketball and football and went on to play baseball at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The Tennessee Skyhawk earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Accounting in 1981. He continued his education at Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary, receiving a Masters in Divinity in 1985.
During his freshman year at college, Rob met Ann Alexander. It wasn’t until the following year that they began dating. During their four years of dating, Rob popped the question…twice. Ann said no…twice. Eventually, Ann was the one wanting to get married and they finally tied the knot and have been happily married since 1982.
Ann graduated from the University of Memphis with a Vocational Home Economics degree with an Education endorsement. After staying home for more than 20 years to care for their four children, Ann began teaching. Four years later she decided to go to nursing school and is currently working as an acute care pediatric home health care nurse.
The Rays have been blessed with four children, Christinann Ray Gardner, Christopher Ray, Joshua Ray and Hunter Ray. Rob and Ann feel even more blessed to be the grandparents of Christinann and husband Shawn’s children, Kate, Reese, Corrie Ann, and Caleb, and the grandparents of Christopher and wife Holly’s children, Elias, Judah, Noah and Eliana! Even though Rob and Ann are happy to call Texas their home, Rob claims that if you cut him, he still bleeds Tennessee orange.