Before coming to Living Word, Ray worked twelve years in the field of art and design. After studying commercial art, he worked for the Dayton-Hudson Corporation. Later, he owned a business for which he designed, made, and sold his own artwork.
In 1982, Ray began to do visual work on the building at Living Word Christian Center and was later added to the staff over Building Presentation. After several years of involvement in the prayer ministry, Ray was added to the pastoral staff as assistant to Pastor Lynne Hammond in the prayer ministry, over which he currently serves as Department Head.