His Eminence, the Most Reverend Dr. Ray A. King, Ph.D., S.F.E.T.C

Was born on July 22nd to the late William Peter Rock and Geraldine Margret King, in Harris New York. Raised in Ellenville New York, he was under the daily care of his grandmother, Missionary Dorothy Irene King, who was determined that the rigors of the world, would not consume him. He has an earned Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Master of Divinity and a Doctorate in Philosophy (Concentration in Christian Counseling). He was also conferred with multiple Honorary Distinctions. He is an alumnus of St. Thomas University & Theological Seminary and a Senior Fellow of the Eastern Theological Consortium where His Eminence, The Abuna His Sovereign Grace, Archbishop Dr. Herman R. Cannady, Jr. is the Chancellor.  

At the tender age of eight, he gave his life to the Lord and begun his Christian journey at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Ellenville New York under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. John Henry Gilmore. After serving in many capacities within his church and the Central Hudson Baptist Association, in July of 1998 he acknowledged his call to preach the Gospel. He was privileged to deliver his Trial Sermon on September 13, 1998, at the Shiloh Baptist Church, in Ellenville New York, under the watchful eye of the Reverend Julius A. Collins, Jr. In May of 2001, he began a Pastoral Apprenticeship, under Bishop Dr. Willie L. Hardin, at the Riverview Missionary Baptist Church, in Kingston New York.

In February of 2004, Dr. King joined the Greater Life Family Worship Church of Kingston New York under the leadership of Bishop Dr. Jonathan W. Fowler, Sr. and was ordained into the Gospel Ministry by the Greater Life Family Worship Church in April 2004 to serve as the Assistant Pastor. While serving under Bishop Fowler, Dr. King founded R. King Ministries Apostolic & Ecumenical Fellowship, Inc. The mission of the Fellowship is to provide additional apostolic mentorship, spiritual encouragement, support and direction for the body of Christ; Leaders and laity.

In April of that same year, Dr. King was called to the Senior Pastorate of the Saint Paul Baptist Church of Middletown New York, where he served over fourteen years. Through his leadership at St. Paul, the membership increased tremendously and many services to the people of God and community was implemented; the Interfaith fellowship Commission, the Outreach Ministry, Miracles Over Addiction Support Group, Church on Wheels Ministry, Youth Ministry, Scholarship Ministry and Praise Dance Ministry. The Sunday School Department, Women’s Ministry, Men’s Ministry and Music Department were also reorganized through the efforts of Dr. King. Subsequently, a spiritual renewal took place and many men and women answered the call to preach and teach the Gospel and some to Pastor their own congregation’s. Dr. King has also assisted in organizing several churches and religious organizations.

In July of 2008 the Friendship Baptist Church of Ferndale New York unanimously elected Dr. King to serve as their Senior Pastor. Dr. King mounted the pulpit at Friendship with a mission to navigate the congregation through the challenges that faced them. Through his three-year leadership at Friendship (concurrently serving as Senior Pastor of St. Paul) he successfully implemented a church training union which consisted of an active Sunday School Department, Mid –Week Bible Study and Quarterly Leadership Seminars. He also organized and chaired the Nehemiah Project to raise funds for much needed church renovations.

October 8th, 2011 marked another chapter for Dr. King. On this day, He was consecrated to the sacred office of Bishop (According to Apostolic Succession) by His Eminence, Archbishop Dr. Trevor D. Bentley & the Ecumenical Council of Bishops. January 14th, 2012 Dr. King was enthroned to His Apostolic See and received the Key to the city of Middletown New York. November 5th 2016 He was affirmed an Apostle by Chief Apostle Willie J. Steele & the Ecumenical Council of Apostles & Bishops. November 13th 2016 He was inducted into the Order of Corporate Reunion & American World Patriarchs where His Eminence, Archbishop Mike Kline is the Universal Primate. January 7th 2017 Dr. King was coronated to the Archiepiscopacy and installed Primate of the RKM Fellowship with oversight of several jurisdictions within the state of New York & South Africa.

September 8th, 2018 the Bellegrove Missionary Baptist Church of Syracuse New York extended the call to Dr. King to serve as their Senior Pastor and he humbly accepted. Dr. King is moving passionately forward with the saints of the “Grove” in a joint effort to REPOSITION, REBUILD, RELAUNCH!   

Dr. King is also a member of Ezekiel Lodge 49 and serves on the Clergy Council of International Free and Accepted Modern Masons & Order of Eastern Star, Inc..     

Dr. King has received multiple awards, citations and distinctions; Relentless Leader Award by Bellegrove Church (2019), Distinguished Service Award by St. Paul Lodge 103 (2015 & 2016), the Robert W. Dixon “Man of Integrity” Award by Central Hudson Baptist Association (2013), Special Recognition Award by Mayor Marlinda Dunncanson (2009), featured in Times Herald Record Newspaper for Christian Leadership within the Middletown Community (2009), featured in The Town Crier Newspaper for Leadership at the Friendship Baptist Church during their “Darkest Days” (2008), featured in Orange County New York Magazine as “Young Innovative Pastor” (2008), recognized by Ellenville New York NAACP (2007), awarded the “Black Achievers Award” (1999) and awarded the “Youth Councilman Award” (1997), just to name a few.   

Dr. King governs his life by the quote, “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past but only what’s done for Christ will last.”

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