Raymond Maher has a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Masters of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry.
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 papersâ€™ faith pages.
Through the easily relatable character of Ed, Rayâ€™s alter-Ego and old neighbor in Saskatchewan, readers can take part in the wit, values and honest exchange of opinions between Ray and Ed. Their opinions present the different mindsets in our everyday world. Readers can enjoy a light-hearted attempt to highlight attitudes of those of traditional faith, and those of secular values, and those of individual self-reliance in spiritual matters. The column is food for thought and smiles with a few serious reflections sprinkled on top.
Ray retired from the full-time pastoral ministry in 2008. He and his wife Marilyn, of 48 years, lived in Melville, Saskatchewan until 2015. Then they moved to Chilliwack, B.C. Marilyn dreams of a complete retirement in B.C. that is centered in knitting, quilting and traveling. Ray hopes to continue to supply pastoral services to vacant congregations, to write, do art, and work a little part-time where he can talk with people in his work. Their cats, Bear and Sugar, have both Ray and Marilyn trained to give devoted attention to them wherever they live.