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Ray Stark is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene serving on special assignment as an Independent Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team. In addition, he works as a Financial Advisor for a Christian Fortune 500 company. He empowers individuals, organizations, pastors and churches, to reach their goals through leadership development. Ray has over 27 years of experience in pastoral ministry including serving as a youth pastor in New Jersey, a founding pastor/church planter in Charlottesville, Virginia, and as a lead pastor of two churches in Pennsylvania. He is passionate about preaching and leadership development.
Ray accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is certified in leadership development through The John Maxwell Team and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Ray has been married to his wife, Beth, for over 32 years. Beth is a teacher at the Milton Hershey school in Hershey, PA. They have two sons. Justin lives with his wife, Katherine, and their son, William, in St. Louis, MO. Jeremy lives with his wife, Mary, in Mechanicsburg, PA. Ray and Beth have recently moved to Middletown, PA. In his free time, Ray enjoys martial arts, working out, golfing, and reading.