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pastor ray bentley


As a graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible College, Ray began Maranatha Chapel, where he serves today as the senior pastor. In fall of 1997, Maranatha Chapel moved into a new 15-acre church facility in Rancho Bernardo that serves approximately 7,000 people weekly.

In recent years, Pastor Ray has taken opportunities to preach at a Billy Graham sponsored crusade in India, as well as other outreaches in England, Scotland, Australia, Ireland, Africa, China, and the Philippines. He has been a featured speaker at Epicenter Conferences with Joel Rosenberg and at numerous other national and international pastors’ conferences and ministry events. As a close friend of the late mayor of Ariel, Ron Nachman, Ray has also become deeply involved in Israel and launched the Nehemiah Project, a ministry of Maranatha Chapel that supports the efforts of numerous outreaches and organizations in Israel including the Joshua Fund, the Nazareth Baptist Church, Hope for Ishmael, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and the American Friends of Ariel.

Ray Bentley is also host to the daily Maranatha Radio show heard on stations across the United States and around the world. He has authored five books and numerous booklets and other resources. Ray is married to Vicki; they have two grown children and six grandchildren.