Born in Elora, Ontario, Ray grew up a farm boy. He has three sisters and a brother. At 20 years old, Ray left the farm and moved to North Bay to take up a trade in the oil industry. In 1968, he married his wife Gayle and together they have three children and seven grandchildren. He started his own business and has been in the industry for half a century! He is now retired but still works part-time for his youngest son who now owns and manages the business that Ray began.
Since 2002, Ray has been an Elder at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Parry Sound.
Ray has been heavily involved with Threefold Ministries since its inception, and joined as a Director in 2009.