Stephen Ray, Research Associate of The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is a popular Catholic author and host on television and radio.
After being Protestants for 39 years and involved with various Fundamentalist and Evangelical Protestant churches, Steve Ray and his wife, Janet, converted to the Catholic Church on Pentecost Sunday, 1994. Steve and Janet are currently producing a 10-video series through Ignatius Press called The Footprints of God: The Story of Salvation from Abraham To Augustine on location in the Holy Land and surrounding countries. The first video, Peter, Keeper of the Keys was released in November, 2001 followed by Mary, Mother of God in summer 2002; Moses: Signs, Sacraments & Salvation released in March 2003. Jesus: the Word Became Flesh" November, 2003, Paul, Contending for the Faith September 1, 2004 and David & Solomon: Expanding the Kingdom in September 2006. The Apostolic Fathers will be released in 2007 followed by Abraham, Elijah & Elisha, and Abraham.
In addition to overseeing their family business, Steve and Janet now spend their time researching, writing and teaching about the Catholic Church. Because Steve loves defending and explaining Catholicism, he has conducted several highly successful conferences in conjunction with other Catholic converts. He is a regular guest on many radio and television programs, including Catholic Answers Live, The Journey Home, Living His Life Abundantly, and Life On The Rock. He is a contributing writer to Envoy Magazine, This Rock, The Catholic Answer as well as other Catholic publications, and teaches Bible study classes in his parish.
Steve and his wife Janet are both licensed guides for the Holy Land and lead pilgrimages to biblical and historical lands.
Raised by parents who had become Christians through a Billy Graham Crusade, Steve "asked Jesus into his heart" when he was four years old, and was "born again" according to the Baptist tradition. As he grew older, he often did `street evangelism,' taught Bible studies in various churches, and conducted classes in his home and in local churches.
Steve married Janet in 1976. When their two children were small, they moved to Europe for a year, traveling extensively and researching their Reformation roots in Switzerland, Germany, England and other countries. They also studied for six months at L'Abri in Switzerland with noted theologian and Evangelical thinker, Francis Schaeffer. They later visited the communist countries and even smuggled Bibles and medicine to Christians behind the Iron Curtain.
In 1996, Steve was invited by Tom Monahan of Domino's Pizza to join the national organization of CEOs named Legatus, and is on the Board of Directors for the Ave Maria Foundation and and a regent of Ave Maria University in Naples Florida.
Steve's first book, Crossing The Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historic Church (Ignatius, 1997), details his intellectual and spiritual journey into Catholicism. It became a best seller within one year. His second book, Upon This Rock: St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome in the Scriptures and Early Church (Ignatius, 1999), also became a bestseller. Steve's third book, St. John's Gospel: A Bible Study Guide and Commentary, was released in October, 2002. He also has two books with Catholic Answers: A Papacy Learning Guide and The Catholic Faith for Beginners: A Study of the Creeds.
Steve and Janet live in Ann Arbor Michigan. They have four children and six grandchildren.
For more comprehensive information about Steve's books, videos, tapes and speaking engagements, visit his website at http://www.catholicconvert.com or visit www.ignatius.com.
Books by Stephen Ray