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August 18, 2011
By Julie Payne
Lakeview Baptist Church, Oxford
Calhoun Baptist Association
Favorite Verse: Jeremiah 29:11
Favorite Hymn: “Footprints of Jesus” and “I Surrender All”
Family Status: Married to Larry for 53 years; three sons, Scott, Brock and Jeff; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren
Sylvia Ray has been a member of Lakeview Baptist Church, Oxford, for 41 years. She has headed the church’s prayer ministry for 26 years. She also has taught Sunday School for more than 20 years and serves on the benevolence committee, a group that provides meals to church members who have experienced a death in their family.
Q: How did you come to know the Lord?
A: All my [boys’ friends] went to Lakeview Baptist. So I decided … ‘I want to see what’s so appealing over at Lakeview for my boys.’ When I went over there, the Lord just used that night to convict me that I really didn’t have a personal relationship with Christ. … I accepted Christ and (it) ended up [that] we joined Lakeview Baptist Church — my three sons and my husband and myself — and we were all baptized.
Q: What led you to serve in the church?
A: I have always known the power of prayer. … I just have an empathy for these people who are hurting. It’s all from the Lord calling me to do different things and then equipping me.
Q: What difference has Christ made in your life?
A: He’s made my life complete. I have that peace that passes all understanding.
He’s honored me by calling each of my sons and two of my grandsons into different areas of ministry. And then He’s allowed me to be the wife of a wonderful Christian man.
Q: How do you see yourself involved in church in the future?
A: I know God called me to each of these areas that I’m working in. As long as He can use me, I will be there doing my work.