Ray Grignon and his wife, Nichole have been full-time servants in the Lord's church for their entire adult life. They have five children, four boys and one daughter. Pastor Ray holds a Master of Divinity from Liberty University and has been preaching the gospel since he was 15.
Ray grew up in Trenton, MI approximately twenty minutes south of Detroit, MI. In November of 1998, Ray attended a special gospel teaching service at a small Baptist Church in Monroe, MI. As a result of hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ, he trusted Christ as his Lord & Savior on November 9th, 1998.
Upon graduation, Ray felt led to enroll at Oklahoma Baptist, which is where he met the love of his life, Nichole Vaughan. He and Nichole were married on June 17th, 2005. Nichole is a wonderful wife, mother, and Christian. We are privileged to have such a caring woman care for our pastor and our church family. Nichole grew up in Ellensburg, Washington and also came to know Christ as a teenager. She enjoys her children, music, and most of all, she enjoys serving Jesus!
Knowing that he and his family were called to serve in full-time Christian service, the Grignon family moved to Columbus, Ohio in February of 2008. The Grignon family served under the leadership of Dr. Charles E. Mainous, pastor of the High Street Baptist Church. In September of 2009, Ray was called as pastor by the people of Temple Baptist Church of Perris, California. During Ray's time in Perris, the average Sunday attendance nearly doubled so much so that the church added 45 parking spaces to accommodate growth!
After seven years of fruitful ministry and months of counsel and prayer, Pastor Ray resigned his position as senior Pastor of Temple Baptist in December of 2016. The Grignon family knew nothing of the opportunity in Blythe. They simply knew that God was moving them. After four months of prayer and seeking the Lord, Pastor and his family were put in contact with First Southern. They have been an answer to prayer for our church and our church has been an answer to prayer for the Grignon family. We are already seeing God unite our hearts and the gospel going forth through the ministry of the First Southern Baptist Church of Blythe, CA. Please pray for us, our pastor, and his family.