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Bio of Rev. Raymond Cross BTh, BA.
165 Springdale Cres., Oshawa, Ontario
ray@brideschoiceofficiant.com
905-404-9920

Rev. Ray Cross was born in Toronto in 1947.

Attended schools in Whitby and Pickering.

Earned a Bachelor of Theology from Ontario Bible College, Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Trent University in Peterborough.

Ray pastored Baptist churches in Peterborough, Trenton, Port Hope, Oshawa and Scarborough for 32 years before retiring from pastoral service. Pastoral ministry, of course, involved all aspects of personal and family care.

While pastoring, Ray took many practical ministry and counseling courses to enhance his skills.

Since retiring from pastoring, Ray has been serving as an Officiant, primarily for weddings. His wedding website provides extensive resources to couples planning their wedding. Couples express pure delight in the ceremonies this enables them to craft. As well he maintains http://bridalvows.ca and http://sunrisecelebrations.net as a means of helping other officiants with their celebrant services.

Ray has been happily married since 1971 to Diane, a nutrition expert and public school teacher (retired). They have two grown children and three grandchildren. Ray shares that the incredible professional acting skills of his daughter, Andrea, inspire his quest for dynamic presentation in ceremonies.

If you see Ray and Diane about town your will find them walking hand in hand — they walk a lot, work out and skate several times a week. They love to travel and delight in white sandy beaches. A natural extension of their love of travel is Ray’s periodic service as guest minister on cruises ships.

Ray’s experience in public speaking, and service planning and coordination is evident in all he does.

Ray is sensitive and responsive to the needs of those he serves. It would be his delight to apply his quest for excellence to your wedding experience.