Ray Peoples

New City Church KCK ,
Lead Church Planter
New City Church KCK
November 13
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About My Family

My name is Ray Peoples. I have been married to my wife, Abbi, for 12 years, and we have two sons. Graham is 8, and Owen is 5. Before moving to Kansas City late in the summer of 2017, we lived in Fort Smith, Ark. I graduated from Liberty University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Religion degree.

I had the unique opportunity of growing up in the church in which I served. After being at the church for 13 years, I came on staff and served in student ministry and missions for eight years. I find my greatest joy in studying God’s Word but also walking someone through the process of beginning a relationship with Jesus. In my spare time, I love to be outside, to work out and to be with my wife and kids. I also enjoy eating a great big plate of boiled shrimp!

About My Church Plant

We are almost two years into planting New City Church Merriam. In fall 2017, we took over leadership of a church plant in Merriam, Kan. We then relaunched our church as New City Church Merriam on Palm Sunday 2018. Since then, we have seen God do some amazing things through discipleship and our Sunday morning gatherings. We look forward to fall 2019 and spring 2020 as we are prayerfully considering the permanent location in which God desires for us to land. We know He has a specific community laid out and ready for us to impact with the gospel.

NAMB Church Planting

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Pray that those who may not know the love of Jesus will see it lived out in our daily lives. Pray that the people in the area of Merriam, Mission and Roeland Park will be receptive to the gospel. Pray that churches and individuals will partner with us and give of their time and talents. Pray for the Father to send more workers into His harvest to join us.


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