Biographical Profile of Dr. Larry T. Ezell-Ray Sr. Pastor
Dr. Larry Ezell-Ray Sr. called as fifth pastor to Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of greater Seattle, where he began his pastoralship in May 2002. He accepted the call to preach October 17, 1993. He was licensed to preach the gospel August 13, 1995 and ordained August 21, 1999 by the late Dr. T.C. Sturdivant of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Peoria, Illinois.
Prior to coming to Macedonia, he served under Pastor Ransfer at the Greater Mt. Baker Baptist Church overseeing many ministries for three years until 1998 when Pastor Ezell-Ray was lead by God to organize Church of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit Baptist Faith Center. In April 2002, Pastor Ezell-Ray Sr. was called by God to merge Church of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit Baptist Faith Center with Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.
A gifted preacher, teacher and leader, the Macedonia congregants characterize Dr. Ezell-Ray Sr. as energetic, motivational, a great communicator, and a humble man of God. Under Pastor Ezell-Ray’s leadership, the sanctuary has been remodeled from pews to chairs. In 2015, the Higher Education Scholarship Fund was implemented along with the birthday funds for the youth of MBC - in addition to the Youth Bible Drills held every Sunday. Macedonia has been blessed with ministries that are reaching out to the community. Some of the ministries have included; Y4J (Youth 4 Jesus), MNM (Monday Night Ministries – a tutoring program), Women of Faith Ministries, MOJC (Men of Jesus Christ Ministries) Toy Giveaway Ministries, Food Basket Ministries (feeding hundreds of families for the holidays). He also serves as President of Missions Outreach for the General Baptist Convention of the Pacific Northwest under the leadership of President Wayne A. Johnson of Portland, Oregon.
The W.E. Davenport Fellowship Hall has been added on with plans to assist the community with a Clothing Ministry, Feeding Ministry and a Day Ministry to assist with homeless women. There are more ministries that are currently being worked on to branch out in 2017 - 2018. Several families has united with the Macedonia Baptist Church with willing hearts to assist the Pastor with the Vision God has given him to take Macedonia to the next level. “We are going somewhere.”
Dr. Ezell-Ray Sr. has been blessed in his professional life by being a 25 year veteran teacher in the Seattle Public Schools and also co-owning a business with his wife, Felica Ezell-Ray of Excellent Results Fashions.
Dr. Ezell-Ray has been blessed in his family life with his lovely wife of 20 years and six children; Sharee, Larry Jr., Chassidy, Rasaun, Jamerah and LE’Ray. Eight grandchildren; Amari, Sharin, Alijah, Lil LE’Ray, Kaulder., Kodi, Manerva, and Layla. Five God-Children; Chrishawn Burns, Lil Peter Jones Dance, Skeeter (Lil John Shelton), Alijah Faausu, Fausto Damian Gomez (DJ).
Dr. Ezell-Ray says, “God doesn’t bless you not to be a blessing to others.”