Dr. Ray Summerlin

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Dr. Ray Summerlin was called to Immanuel Baptist Church in June 2016. Born in Rota, Spain, Ray grew up in a Marine Corps family and has experienced living around the world. 

Ray earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from Auburn University in 1986. In 1998, he went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree in Christian Education and Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. In 2012, he earned his Doctor of Education degree from Southeastern Seminary as well. 

Pastor Ray has served in various roles over the course of his ministry. He has served as a Vice President of a Baptist University, a Navy Chaplain, and as an Associate Pastor in churches in North Carolina and Florida.

Ray has extensive military service as well. He was commissioned and served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer from 1986-1999 and obtained the rank of major.  Later, after surrendering to the call of ministry, he served in Navy Chaplain Corps from 1999-2012 retiring from Naval Service in 2012 after serving as the Command Chaplain at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. 

Pastor Ray is married to Beth, his wife of 32+ years. They have three adult children: Timothy (wife - April), Mary Lunsford (husband - Weston, granddaughters - Avery Grace and Rylee Elizabeth), and Andrew. Over the years, Ray has enjoyed coaching athletic teams, playing recreational sports, and spending time with his family.