Ray StraussState Director, Oklahoma
Ray Strauss is married to Christina Strauss. They have three sons, Joshua 22, Caleb 20, and Samuel 17. Joshua and Caleb both attend Oklahoma Baptist University where Ray and Christina met. Samuel attends Edmond Memorial High School where Ray graduated in 1991. The Strauss family lives in Edmond Oklahoma, a northern suburb of Oklahoma City.
Ray is the founding and Senior Pastor of Edmond Community Church which he started in 2018 and Christina teaches third grade. Even though the Strauss’ are all dyed-in-the-wool Okies, they lived in Arizona for 11 years where Ray planted and pastored The Church at Sun Valley in Buckeye, AZ. Christina was an elementary school principal in the Wickenburg School District. During that time, Ray also served as City Councilman for the City of Buckeye, one of the fastest-growing cities in the US.
With a background as both pastor and politician, Ray is deeply committed to bringing the presence and purposes of Christ to bear in the political arena. Scripture is clear that the Lord places people in high positions. Knowing the Lord and His will for their lives will greatly help them as they serve in their high calling.
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”