Submitted by: Erik DiVietro, Greg Jones, Ray Pouliot
The elders wish to place two proposals before the congregation for affirmation. These proposals were presented to the congregation several months ago during a regular worship gathering.
1. Acceptance of Ray Pouliot into the Elder Community
Ray Pouliot has been serving at Bedford Road as a transitional elder for two years. This was a provisional role created specifically for the circumstances by which the Holy Spirit brought him into our fellowship. At this time, we are presenting him for acceptance and affirmation as a full member of the elder community.
We have been very deliberate in the process of asking Ray to join us in the elder community. It is not Ray's desire to be a church leader, but it is what the Lord has called him and equipped him to do. Even though we are “retired” we will forever serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He believes that part of this ministry and calling is to serve in the elder community here at Bedford Road at this time. He has provided the following biographical sketch for your consideration.
Ray was born in Manchester (1955) and attended 12 years of parochial schools. He is a graduate of Trinity High School 1973 and
attended UNH at Manchester and the NH Voc Tech College for Business Management and Building Maintenance Management. He married Carol Kos in 1975 and has four children (Jason, Amy, Joey, and Kristen) and eleven grandchildren.
Ray and Carol both became committed Christians in 1982 and joined Manchester Christian Church. In 1985 they moved to Lincoln Illinois where Ray studied at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, earning a BA in Christian Ministries (Magna Cum Laude, 1989) and a masters degree in Theology from Lincoln Christian Seminary (1990). Ray was ordained to vocational ministry at Manchester Christian Church in 1989 and shortly thereafter he and his family returned to Merrimack, NH, where they began a new church, Riverside Christian Church. Ray served as the pastor of Riverside until he retired in 2016.
Ray has served in various Christian ministries over the years:
- Board of directors of the National New Church conference (1990-95)
- Executive committee of the Eastern Christian Convention (1993-2001);
- One of the founding directors of Restoration House Ministries in Manchester (1995-2000)
- President of the Eastern Christian Convention (2000)
- Helped to establish Crossway Christian Church in Nashua
- Board of directors of Hisportic Christian Mission for 15 years, overseeing the work of 75 Portuguese speaking churches on 3 continents.
Carol and Ray have hosted a weekly Bible study in their home for the past 30 years. Ray and Carol have been attending Bedford Road for the last 2 1/2 years. Carol, who is also retired from full-time work, is a care-taker for her mom, and grandchildren.
Ray owns Grace Property Management which keeps him busy managing the condo association for Riverside Business Park, and he also does maintenance projects for Copper Door and T-Bones restaurants.
Ray and Carol can also tell you a lot about Aruba, their favorite vacation location. They have gone there every Fall for the past 20 years!
2. Autumn Sabbatical for Greg Jones/Appointment of Nate Delisi
Greg Jones has served faithfully in our leadership community since 1999, first as a deacon and then as an elder. He has not taken a sabbatical from this role in the entire time. Nate Delisi has graciously accepted the invitation to rejoin the elder community in November 2020 so Greg can take some time off from serving in this capacity. Nate, or "Doc", has served in the leadership role before, as well as being a pastor and a missionary during his life. Over the summer, we will have opportunity for Doc to share more. This note is for the congregation's information.