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Alan Ray

Senior Pastor

Alan Ray - Senior Pastor

Alan Ray was ordained to the gospel ministry in December of 1980 by the Bethany Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He has served as pastor of churches in Boston, Kentucky, Batesburg, South Carolina, Chesterfield, South Carolina and Chatsworth, Georgia. Prior to coming to Ridge Baptist Church, he was pastor of Middle River Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

Alan is a native of South Carolina, but also lived in Phoenix, Arizona and Orange, California during his childhood. His father, Dan Ray, who is now deceased, served as a Southern Baptist pastor, Director of Associational Missions and on the state convention staff in Pennsylvania/South Jersey and in South Carolina. His mother, Martha Ray is a retired school teacher.

Alan is married to the former Melinda Hope of Ashland, Virginia, who is a graduate of Averett University and employed with Henrico County Schools. They are the proud parents of Jennifer Blevins, a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who works with Edmentum education in Baltimore, MD, and Lindsay, who graduated from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies and is currently serving as the Pastor to Students at Ridge.  They are also the proud grandparents of Isaac, who was born in December of 2012, Mackenzie, who was born in September of 2015 and Paige, who was born in October of 2018.

He is a graduate of Furman University, in Greenville, South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Alan can be reached by e-mail at or by calling the church office at (804) 288-5805, ext. 6.