The Rev. Raymond Stevens Grant Jr. 91, a Great Plains clergy member, born on August 6, 1930; died April 1, 2022.
He graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, in 1952, then from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1956. Ray was active in the National Student Council of the YMCA. While serving as its president, he was invited to accept a one-year position at the World’s Alliance of the YMCA, whose headquarters were in Geneva, Switzerland. He was vital in preparing for the International Centennial Convention that was held in August 1955, in Paris. This one-year assignment was between his junior and senior years at Yale Divinity School. After completing that work, Ray returned from Paris and completed his final year at Yale and was ordained as a United Methodist minister.
Grant first served as pastor in New Jersey, then in numerous pastorates in Kansas including Mount Hope, Salina First, Baldwin First and Kansas City London Heights before serving as the Kansas City Urban Ministry Coordinator. He then went on to serve as Kansas City District Superintendent, and Lowman United Methodist Church before retirement and accepting the position of fulltime chaplain at Aldersgate Village, a United Methodist retirement home in Topeka. He had served as President of the Board of Trustees. Ray served 44 years in ministry. While in Topeka, he served as board member, then president of Habitat for Humanity. During his 13 years with Habitat, 36 houses were built in Topeka, as well as many renovated. In 2000, Ray retired again, and moved to Helena, Alabama to be near family.
He is survived by wis wife, Marilyn (Lyn); children Catherine Ellen (Grant) Farah and Gregory Thomas (Stephanie) Grant; two stepdaughters, Judith Elaine (Scott) Evans and Michelle Helene Schneider; three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on May 7, 2022 at First United Methodist Church, 518 19th Street North, Birmingham, Alabama, 35203. Visitation will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the chapel. The service will be at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to UMCOR, United Methodist Committee on Relief: Https://umcmission.org/UMCOR
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