Pastor Elijah Ray
Pastor Elijah Ray is a native of Woodruff, South Carolina, born the second of six children to the late Mrs. Bertha Thompson Ray and Toby Ray, Jr. He was baptized at the age of 15 at the Beaverdam Baptist Church in Enoree, SC . He served as a faithful member, including over ten years in the Trustee Ministry, before answering the call to the preaching ministry in 2008.
In his role now as pastor of The Wyatt's Chapel Baptist Church he has developed as a primary mission to simply "Build Better Lives" through a Christ centered ministry at Wyatt's Chapel and the surrounding communities. He recognizes that we are living in times where 21st century men must be like the Men of Issachar (1Chronicles 12:32 Men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do) and allow God's word to transform and renew us to be relevant for the times we face.
His focus is to strengthen the church through leadership of God's word and therefore grow the people of God in all aspects of the Church and their lives so that God's word is evident through the fruit they bear in their families, their relationships, their careers, and life in general. He was educated in the public schools of Spartanburg County, being a 1978 graduate of Woodruff High School. While at Woodruff High he played an active role in the football and basketball programs. He was later inducted into the Woodruff High School Football Hall of Fame. His athletic and music talents earned him scholarships to Lees McCrae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina and later to Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He was included in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and honorable mention All American football player while at PC. He is currently enrolled in Erskine Theological Seminary in the Master of Divinity program.
Always an avid listener of gospel music, he began a radio ministry at an early age. He became an announcer as a teenager and continues now on a limited basis as a host of Sunday Morning Gospel at the local station in Woodruff, South Carolina.
He is founder and CEO of E.Ray Promotions, a gospel Music Ministry that is home of Spirit Fest. Because of his strong belief in giving back to the community, over $50,000 in scholarships have been awarded to high school students through events coordinated by E. Ray Promotions. He is also a member of the Gospel Prophets, a gospel quartet group, whom he has been singing with for over 30 years.
He is a senior executive for a logistics company. He has been involved in numerous leadership development programs during his career and is a frequent speaker at logistics conferences. He has a passion for developing people and relationship management. He has served as the second African American president of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the largest logistics association in the world. He is also a member of the Warehousing Education Council and the American Society for Quality.