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Pastor Raymond Gaffney
Reverend Ray and First Lady Jaton Gaffney

Raymond John Gaffney was born May 9, 1970 in Detroit, Michigan, to the proud parents of John Henry and Bevolene Beverly Gaffney.  He has been married to his beautiful lovely wife, Jaton S. Gaffney for over twenty-six years. They have four wonderful handsome sons, Donovan, Daniel, Joshua, and Jeremiah.

Pastor Gaffney received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army after serving his country for three years.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Christian Bible College and Seminary. He also earned a Masters of Arts in Christian Counseling Psychology from Southwest Seminary and a Ph.D. of Theology from Thornwood University. He attended Michigan Theological Seminary earning credits toward a Master of Divinity Degree.  He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry at South College. Pastor Gaffney was employed as a Branch Manager for Chase Bank in Detroit, Michigan. He has earned a Financial Series 6 & 63 license, along with a Life & Health Insurance License.

In 1991, Pastor Gaffney responded to God’s call to preach the gospel according to the will of God. He was ordained in 1996 by his first father of the ministry, the lamented Rev. Dr. Robert Lee Harris of Holy Savior Missionary Baptist Church. During his Christian journey, he served as the Youth Director of the Fellowship Baptist District Association, Assistant Youth Director for the Baptist Missionary & Education State Convention of Michigan, and President of the Ohio State African American Fellowship for Southern Baptist.  He has been the church planter for Potter’s Hand Church in Toledo, Ohio; the Senior Pastor of Straight Street M.B.C. in Detroit, Michigan; and Senior Pastor of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Defiance, Ohio. He has conducted revivals, conferences, workshops, lectures, and authored a Christian book entitled “Hot Topics for Youth & Young Adults”.  Currently he is the proud Pastor of Christ Missionary Baptist Church located in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He serves as the Midwest Regional Coordinator of Evangelism for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. and serves as the President of the LOGOS Baptist District Association Congress of Christian Education of Ft. Wayne, IN. He is an instructor for Anchor Bible College and is a certified instructor for the National Baptist Sunday School Publishing Board and teaches at the district and state level.  He is a Chaplain at the Defiance YMCA and Defiance College Football Team. 

He is passionate about souls being saved and lives being changed for glory of God’s Kingdom. He loves to teach and preach the Word of God. He describes himself as Pastor after God’s own heart. His scriptural foundation is located in the words of our Savior Jesus Christ as recorded by Jeremiah.

~ Jeremiah 3:15 ~

“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding”.

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