Ray Waldren was raised Pentecostal but has a very diverse ministry background. He has long associations with the Southern Baptists and the Lutherans. He calls himself a ‘Bapticostal’. His ministerial license was granted by Providence Church of Frisco, Texas (SBC). Ray attended LIFE Bible College, in Los Angeles, CA and has an undergraduate degree in Theology with additional theological studies via Dallas Theological Seminary.
Ray started his ministry as a Youth Minister in Dallas, Texas and for over 20 years has served as an Associate Pastor or Lay Minister in various denominations. He has ministered to and or worshipped with Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, and many Pentecostals. For the past 6 years he has been associated with Pantano Christian Church as part of their Pulpit Supply Team. He will tell you with great conviction, “God loves diversity!”
Ray’s heart for ministry is centered on and dedicated to those who are lost and hurting, marginalized and abused. He spent 3 years ministering to the American Indian tribes of the Dakotas, including the Cheyenne, and Lakota Sioux. He ministered on the Standing Rock Reservation and at an associated state funded psychiatric ward as Chaplain and staff appointed Parent/Child Advocate. Additionally, he has been trained in counseling PTSD veterans and has worked with these soldiers for 22 years. Ray has great empathy for all who protect our freedoms; our military, Border Patrol, local and state police, and especially our combat veterans.
Experienced Pastor with a demonstrated history of working in the religious institutions industry. Skilled in Theology, Nonprofit Organizations, Discipleship, Pastoral Counseling, and Expository Preaching. Strong community and social services professional with a BA Sociology focused in Sociology from Northern Illinois University.