Ray Ruffin Jr.

New Found Hope Community Church, Michigan
Lead Church Planter
Redford Michigan
New Found Hope Community Church
November 24
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About My Family

Ray Anthony Ruffin, Jr. was born in Detroit, Mich. Ray enlisted in the United States Army two weeks after high school and received an honorable discharge in 1997. Ray attended The University of Phoenix and graduated with honors, attaining his Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2011. Ray has also taken classes toward his Master in Ministry Leadership at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Ray met and fell in love with the love of his life, Mariama Williams, in 1999 while working together at ACO Hardware. Mari and Ray gave their lives to Christ together the first time Ray took Mari to church in 1999. Ray always tells the story, “If she can follow me to Jesus, there is nothing we can’t do.” Their first child, Emmanuel, whom doctors said they couldn’t have, was born July 26, 2004, and the second, Israel, was born May 22, 2010.

About My Church Plant

We founded New Found Hope Community Church in October 2017. Our core group consisted of several seasoned saints and a few others who were new to the kingdom. Beforehand, the Lord gave us a vision to plant a church in Redford, Mich. On Sunday, July 7, 2019, we moved to John Pierce Middle School in the heart of Redford.

We hold true to our mission of “knowing Jesus and making Jesus known.” During our short time of building God’s kingdom, many have come to know Christ and be baptized. We give glory to God for all the things He has done. New Found Hope Community Church is making moves!

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Please pray for New Found Hope Community Church as we embark on the call that the Lord has entrusted us with. We were called to share, train and send believers back into the world to win souls for Christ. Please pray that God will send resources to sustain the task upon this church to combat darkness with light. Pray for our pastor as he works in full-time ministry as well as his family and job. We desire to see our pastor in full-time ministry and be able to sustain his household.


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