Ray and Lynn Peel
Ray and Lynn are a married couple with four children all of whom know the Lord as their personal Saviour, walking with Him in service as He leads and enables. They have two daughters, both of whom are married. The older lives in Hampton near Twickenham while the younger lives in Huyton, Merseyside. Their oldest son, who is also married, works for the Open Air Mission as an evangelist and street preacher based in Liverpool. Their youngest son works in an office in Liverpool.
Ray has a range of life experiences and pastoral service. As a young man he was wonderfully saved while serving as a Navigating Officer in the Merchant Navy. A previously dissolute life-style was transformed and had a profound effect on his colleagues. A number of whom were converted as a result of seeing the power and ability of God to transform broken lives.
When Ray left the Merchant Navy he served as a police officer for thirteen years in a variety of locations to gain as much experience as possible. It was while serving as an instructor at a Police Training College that he first preached at his local church and was then subsequently used in ministry on an increasingly regular basis.
Lynn comes from a Christian background and is blessed with a wider believing family. Secular work experience has usually been in the retail trade but also includes a period working as an accounts clerk for an industrial firm. For the majority of her married life Lynn has been the homemaker caring for the children and providing a loving home for the family.
Along with a number of like-minded people they were instrumental in establishing Weymouth Independent Evangelical Church. This was a new church plant without any support from a “mother church” which continues to serve their local area today. While serving at Weymouth Ray was called into full-time Christian work becoming the first pastor of the church having attended Bible college to be better equipped for ministry.
Moving to Liverpool in 2003 to assume pastoral charge of Calvary Baptist Church they served there for thirteen years. While there Ray initiated and ran Merseyside Bible College where a number of students from various churches received a grounding in theological and practical matters pertaining to service in the church. A number of those students have gone on to assume roles in churches as elders and deacons.
When they eventually retire they hope to spend some time on a cruising catamaran exploring hidden coves and quiet harbours.