Pastor Ray grew up in Charlotte, NC and came to Swan Lake in July of 2007. He and Marlene were married in 1984 and have four children; Jennifer, Andrew, Ashleigh and Kaytie. Ray attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and then graduated from Dallas Seminary in 1989. Having served as an associate pastor in North Carolina and an Executive Pastor for eight years at Village Bible Church in Arkansas, Ray has a desire to encourage people in worship and to teach God’s Word in a relevant and applicable way so that they might know Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him.
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Dead Poets Society
Favorite Childhood Toy: A bright yellow pedal driven dump truck with working dumper!
If I could go anywhere, I’d go: To Europe and the Holy Land
Favorite Ice Cream: Real Vanilla Bean Vanilla (can’t beat it!) Breyers or Blue Bell are about the best.
Favorite Song: Staying Alive by The BeeGee’s (I know, it’s sad)
Favorite Team: Chicago Bears (How is it that a MN church has 2 pastors who love Da’Bears?)
I’d love to have coffee with: Honestly, I would appreciate the opportunity to sit down with just about any one of you and hear your spiritual story. Give me a call…I’ll buy!
If I weren’t a pastor, I’d be a: Tornado Chaser!
I can’t wait for: I’m actually a very content and patient person.
Can you believe: I love white water rafting!
Pastor Mike grew up in Oneonta, NY and came to Swan Lake in July of 2011. He and Joy were married in 2003 and have a son named Tyler. Mike attended Word of Life Bible Institute in Scroon Lake, NY and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Having served as an associate pastor of youth in northern and southern California Mike has a desire to develop fully devoted followers of Christ.
Favorite Movie: Bourne Identity
Favorite Childhood Toy: Basketball
If I could go anywhere, I’d go: Heaven (If I could go ANYWHERE)
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Chip, Vanilla
Favorite Song: Mighty to Save, From the Inside Out
Favorite Team: Chicago Bears
I’d love to have coffee with: I’d have Hot Chocolate with Ravi Zacharias, Andy Stanley, The Skit Guys
If I weren’t a pastor, I’d be a: International Spy
I can’t wait for: A Snow Day
Can you believe: My son is 3 and has already driven a Combine?