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Pastor Ray Haskett and his wife Susan

I was born in the mountains of North Carolina in 1962. My dad became a pastor when I was 6 years old. Being the son of a pastor we moved a few times and I have lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Growing up in a pastor’s home did not make me saved. I made a profession at the age of 7 and was baptized in the Greenville , South Carolina area. Although I made this profession, Christ was not a reality to me until later in my teenage years.

The Lord began working in my heart and life and I knew He wanted me to work for Him in the ministry. In 1983, two years after marriage, my wife and I moved from Monroe, North Carolina to Greenville, South Carolina to attend Tabernacle Baptist Bible College, from which I graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Theology Degree.

In my final year of college, the Lord began to open doors for me to become the Pastor of Prayer Baptist Church in Central, South Carolina. We ministered there for 6 years. Then the Lord worked in our lives in a most miraculous way and directed us to the small town of Rural Retreat, Virginia. The Lord truly blessed and we remained in that ministry for 11 years.

We thank the Lord for His blessings with the addition of several new families to our church. Through God’s providence and direction, I am the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church here in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

My wife Susan and I have been married for 32 years and we are blessed with two boys. Our oldest son Brandon, his wife Brittney with our grandsons Elliott and Bentley, are on staff with us here.  Our youngest son Jeremy and his wife Rachel, have joined us on staff working with our elementary age young people.

In May of 2011, I had the distinct honor of speaking at the commencement exercises at Tabernacle Baptist College where I received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree.  It truly was a thrill to my soul to be able to stand in the pulpit of Dr. Harold Sightler, a mentor of mine and address the graduates. The Lord alone deserves all the Glory!

Please pray for our family as we continue to seek the Lord’s direction for Calvary Baptist Church . With Him all things are possible. May the Lord bless you.

Personal Testimony of Susan Haskett

I thank the Lord for saving me at the age of 13 at New Testament Baptist Church in Monroe, NC. I am grateful to the Lord for the Christian home I grew up in. I spent much time in my teen years praying for God to give me a Godly husband. He answered my prayer when I married, Ray Haskett on September 26, 1981.

The Lord has blessed us with 2 sons who have surrendered their lives to serve Him. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue their training and education.

My prayer is that I can be a help meet for my husband, grow closer to the Lord and see many people saved. I am so grateful to the Lord for His continual help. Every time there is a need, the Lord has always been there to provide.