Dr. Ray Ellis, Director of Church Consulting Network FMCNA

Dr. Ray W. Ellis

2010 Summary of Work Experience
  • Twenty-nine years as senior pastor and church planter in Kansas, Michigan and California
  • Eight years as Conference Superintendent in Florida
  • Nine years as Director of Evangelism and Church Growth for the Free Methodist Church of North America
  • Served as mentor to students of Fuller Seminary Campus in Menlo Park, CA.
  • Presently serving as Director of Evangelism of the Cornerstone Community Church, a Free Methodist Congregation in St. Petersburg, FL
  • Presently serving as the Leader of the Free Methodist Church North America Consulting Network under the Board of Bishops
  • Past President of the American Society for Church Growth, 1999 – 2000.
  • Actively involved in leading training seminars, training denominational church consultants and leading conference and local church consultations for churches of various sizes throughout the United States.


Post-graduate training with the Fuller Institute of Evangelism in Pasadena, CA.
Certified as a Church Growth Consultant by the Fuller Institute in 1985.
Master of Divinity and Doctor of Church Ministry degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY. 1963 and 1980
Bachelor of Arts degree from Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois 1960
Associate of Arts degree from Central College in McPherson, Kansas.  1958


Director of Consultant Training Free Methodist Church North America 1989-2009
President of the American Society for Church Growth, 1999-2000
Chairman of the Evangelism Commission, Christian Holiness Partnership 1985-2000
Board of Directors of Men’s Ministries International Free Methodist Church 1997 to 2009
Secretary, Treasurer of the International Institute for the Advancement of Missional Leadership Team 2002 to present


Strategizing for New Church Development – Manual
Churches Planting Churches – Manual
How to Plant a Free Methodist Church – Manual
Great Commission Growth Manual – Self Analysis & Growth Planning for the Local Church
Training and Equipping for Lifestyle Evangelism  - Manual
National Association of Evangelism, Editor, Evangelism Digest 1997, Church Revitalization, Getting Ready for the 21st Century.
American Society for Church Growth, Article in Professional Journal, "Spiritual Factors Impacting Church Health and Growth in the 21st Century." 2007