Nelson, Raycomment (0)
July 17, 2008
By Sondra Washington
Concord Baptist Church, Fayette
Fayette Baptist Association
Favorite Verses: Matthew 6:33 and Philippians 4:13
Favorite Hymn: “How Great Thou Art”
Family Status: Married to Regina for 40 years; three children, Kelli, Kristy and David; and four grandchildren
Ray Nelson has been mayor of Fayette since 2000. An active church member, Nelson serves as deacon, music director, treasurer and adult Sunday School teacher at Concord Baptist Church, Fayette. He is also the Fayette Baptist Association treasurer, state vice president of Alabama Gideons International and a board member for the Alabama Baptist Retirement Centers.
Q: Do you see serving as mayor as a ministry?
A: God ordained government for the good of His people. Becoming mayor was God’s calling on my life to lift up the name of Jesus to our citizens as we work to improve the quality of life of our people. I support our pastors and churches and desire to be “a shining light for Jesus” as I serve. I want our people to know we care about their needs.
Q: What does the mayor’s job demand?
A: The heart of a servant who desires to help improve the quality of life and help the Fayette community grow spiritually.
Q: What do you get from it?
A: Sharing God’s love and hope with our people and providing for their physical and spiritual needs is a great blessing from the Lord.
Q: How do family members support you?
A: All my family are saved, and they provide tremendous spiritual support for the work God has called me to do in our community.
Q: What difference do you want to make in the future?
A: Helping our people place their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to meet our community needs.