Ray Anderson

Position: Executive Pastor & Elder

Who is in your family? I have been married to Diana for almost 42 years. We have raised four children. Our oldest son, Christopher, his wife Danielle and three daughters, Lillie, Hannah, and Ella, are actively involved at Grace. Our daughter, Mallory, is involved at Grace. Both Christopher and Mallory work in the tech industry. Our son, Kirk, his wife, Rebecca, and son, Desmond live in Pennsylvania. Kirk is a professor on a college campus. Our youngest son, Keaton, is a high school teacher. We have a sweet spirited English Springer Spaniel named Keller.


How long have you attended Grace? We moved to Austin in 1990 from College Station and came to Grace our first Sunday in town. We became members during that first year and in 1995 joined the pastoral staff team.


What Grace ministries have you been involved with and how are you discipling/mentoring? Before joining staff, Diana and I served in the children’s ministry teaching the “Tigers” class. We have led and taught in Adult Communities, helped organize small groups and retreats for men, women, and married couples. Ray preaches when needed to fill in and Diana spoke at last year’s women’s retreat. Ray’s primary focus is discipling the Grace staff and mentoring the staff ministry leaders. Diana disciples a group of women in a weekly Bible study.


What is your educational background and current job? Ray graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management from Georgia Tech. He has a Master of Education from the University of Texas. He did biblical studies through the Institute of Biblical Studies while on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ.


What is your prayer for Grace Covenant Church? I pray that the people of Grace would fully grasp the love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness we have in Christ Jesus and let that transform them from the inside out. I pray that each of us would understand that living the Christian life is impossible without learning to be daily dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit within us. I pray that we would be a community that encourages one another to become like Christ in all of life.