• Dr. Ray Thompson was saved at age 13 and called to preach at age 16. During the Second Annual Missions Conference at Highland Park Baptist Church, while attending Tennessee Temple Bible College, he answered God's call to be a missionary at age 18.
• He married Jean Carey in 1952. Jean answered God's call to be a missionary at the early age of nine. God blessed their marriage with two children, a son, Steven Ray, and a daughter, Catherine Grace.
• The Thompsons went to the West Indies in 1955 as church planting missionaries commissioned by Highland Park Baptist Church and Worldwide Faith Missions of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
• They served in the Virgin Islands 22 years in church planting, establishing Bible camp ministries, radio broadcasting and training national workers. They also helped establish Bluewater Bible College & Institute on the island of St. Thomas and he served as president for sixteen years. There are now over 220 churches throughout the Caribbean that have trained national pastors as a result of the ministry of Bluewater Bible College and Bible schools on other islands where BIMI missionaries serve.
• Ray and Jean Thompson joined Baptist International Missions, Inc., in 1964. He was appointed to serve as the Caribbean Director for the Mission and was commissioned to help expand the work of Baptist missions throughout the West Indies. In 1977 he was asked by BIMI leadership to direct the Caribbean ministry from the BIMI World Missions Center.
• Dr. Ray Thompson was elected Executive Vice President in 1991 and served in this capacity for 21 years. In June 2011 he submitted a request to the Trustees of BIMI to be replaced as an active officer. In the December Trustee meeting his request was approved and he was given the title Executive Director Emeritus. The Trustees appointed him as a Representative-at-Large in June 2012. In this capacity he promotes missions in BIMI supported churches, Bible colleges and seminaries via meetings and conferences in America and other parts of the world. Giving assistance to our sending churches and their commissioned missionaries is a needful ministry. As an experienced missionary, he has a passion to see the Word of God and its message of Christ's redemptive work presented to the whole world.
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