Kenneth Ray Ellison was born in Fortworth, Texas. He is the son of Lenard and late Ollie Fay Ellison. Ray is married to Becky (Elliott). He began his ministry at the Piedmont Church Of Christ in Portland, Oregon in 2005. Kenneth graduated from Southwestern Christian College in 1980 and Columbia Christian College in 1983. He has spoken at lectureships in Arizona, Oregon, Las Vegas and Washington State. He is currently the founder and director of the Portland/Vancouver Lectureships, which are held yearly in the month of September here in Portland, Oregon.