He served as a Lutheran pastor for over 20 years in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Prior to receiving the call, he taught public school for sixteen years, sharing his love of learning and his penchant for art with inner-city and special education students.
His column, Neighborly Advice According to Ed, has been published in various newspapers across Saskatchewan since 2009, contributing a humble yet entertaining perspective to the papers’ faith pages. Through the easily relatable character of Ed, Ray’s alter-Ego and neighbor next door, readers can take pride in the wit, rural values, and honesty that make prairie people love, and stay, prairie people. Moreover, readers of all denominations are engaged in timely and relevant discussions of faith, spirituality and the Christian bible. In addition to the weekly column, Ray writes poetry, short stories and other prose.
Ray, and his wife of 42 years, Marilyn, chose to retire in Melville, Saskatchewan, but have not completely retired yet. When not traveling Canada and the USA visiting children and grandchildren, Ray supplies as a pastor in vacant congregations on a temporary basis, works part time as a Wal-Mart greeter, writes, and gardens. Marilyn works part time at a local bank, knits, quilts, and enjoys traveling to more exotic locations with or without Ray! In addition to their beloved cat, Puck, the couple have recently adopted two kittens, Bear and Sugar, and feed strays whenever possible.