and raised in New Orleans, John Raymond attended high
school in Springfield, Louisiana. Moving to Illinois,
he received a Bachelor of Theology from Oregon Bible
College (majoring in Counseling and Pastoral Ministry).
He simultaneously received an Associate degree of Liberal
Arts from Rock Valley Junior College, where he was on
the college speech team.
is currently the Executive Pastor at a church of 2,700
members. He leads the pastoral counseling department,
runs the adult education program and has developed a
network of 50 small relationship groups. He previously
worked as a financial planner for 12 years (regional
vice president with his company and a top salesman),
working his way through college as a carpenter and shipbuilder.
enjoys scuba diving, spear fishing, deer hunting (gun
and bow and arrow), playing guitar and writing country
songs. He's been to 39 of the United States, Jamaica,
Mexico, Canada and mission trips to the jungles of the
Mosquito Coast in Honduras and Nicaragua. He is most
proud of completing the Los Angeles Marathon after only
three months of training. He is also proud of recently
transforming his body in only twelve weeks through the
Body-For-Life challenge. In his spare time, he coaches
his children in little league basketball.
currently lives in Slidell, Louisiana, with his wife,
Elizabeth, whom he considers to be his hero. They have
three children, John (12), Monica (10) and Benjamin
(2), along with two cats, Panda and Fluffy. He is the
founder and President of the Adult Chapter of the Fellowship
of Christian Athletes in his county and a member of
Promise Keepers and the Nashville Songwriters Association
International. His birth date is February 21, 1962.