Ray Warren

Ray WarrenRoss
Senior Pastor
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Hey Front Street Family!
What a humbling honor to be appointed to serve as your Lead Pastor. I come knowing that many of you are grieving Pastor Ross Carter’s retirement and departure. It is difficult living into loss and transitions. Yet, I believe our Lord has much more Kingdom work for Pastor Ross and for you and me. Too, I’m extremely thankful to Ross in helping me get on board at Front Street.
I come in awe knowing you have been blessed with great pastors, some who have mentored me, and now I am called to serve and lead alongside you. I will need your continuous, daily prayers, for God’s guidance as we go about the worshipful work we are called to do for God’s Kingdom.
Just a few short weeks ago we learned we were leaving a wonderful community I was privileged to serve twice! This last time for ten years, and we thought I would serve that community at least four or five more years. Then I received a call I didn’t expect; “Ray, we want you to go serve and lead the people of Front Street United Methodist.” WHAT? We simply couldn’t believe it. After the shock subsided, we too began to grieve and anticipate with excitement what God might be up to in all of this. Learning I was coming to Front Street, I immediately remembered something a friend, mentor, and boss told me about you. Reminiscing about his time at Front Street, Rev. Bob McKenzie said, “Front Street is the greatest people, greatest church with unlimited potential to be what Jesus wants church to be.” Again, I’m tremendously humbled to be called to serve alongside you.
So, you may want to know a little about the Warrens I was born and raised in Florida, came to Duke and met my wife Jill. Jill is a North Carolina native from Durham. A very interesting piece of history about Jill’s family: Jill’s great-grandparents, Hank and Rebecca Scoggins and grandfather, Lacy Scoggins were members of Front Street (church directory of Rev. D.H Tuttle)! What a small world! Upon meeting Jill, I was smitten and asked her out the first day I met her. She turned me down. Obviously I didn’t give up! Jill and I have been joyfully married for 35 years. She and our boys are the greatest blessings of my life. Our oldest son is Evan, who is 32 and lives in Brattleboro, Vermont. Our youngest son Grant, is 24 and lives in Boone. Our nest is not yet empty because we have two miniature dachshunds, Daisy and Buddy.
My passions are building and leading teams and developing ministries led by gifted laity. I believe deeply in the “priesthood of all believers.” For me, a great, vital community of faith is absolutely dependent upon deeply devoted followers of Jesus finding their passions, developing their gifting, and living into the ministries God has called them.
It is with great joy and anticipation that I come to serve and lead alongside the ministry team and you. My curiosity is heightened to the max, wondering what our Lord is up to.
Anticipating What God is Doing,
Pastor Ray
Last Published: July 26, 2022 11:23 AM
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