Ray grew up on a farm in Saxapahaw, NC, where he developed a love for the outdoors, nature, and music. He was involved in music as a high school student and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in music education at UNC-Greensboro. After teaching choral music in public school for several years, Ray moved into school leadership. Ray and Liz married and settled in Fuquay-Varina, where Ray remained assistant principal at Fuquay-Varina Elementary School until he retired from the school system. Ray has been involved in church music for many years, most recently as Music Director at All Saints’ UMC in Raleigh. Liz and Ray live in Fuquay-Varina where they enjoy their daughter, Megan, her husband Brett, and three grandchildren who also live in the area. Both are excited to be a part of Garner UMC.