Ray Bevan: Once a pop rocker, now an acclaimed preacher, pastor and singer

Sunday 1st December 1991

Singer and pastor RAY BEVAN was once blown and buffeted by the restless search for stardom. Then he let Christ in and slowly and painfully learned to go where the Holy Spirit was blowing. Tony Cummings went to Newport to meet Ray.

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"My wife said to me 'You know, I read this morning 'unless the Lord builds the house they that labour, labour in vain'. And it suddenly freed me. I said 'Lord, what you're saying is it's not my baby, it's yours.' So I said 'Okay, if it goes wrong it's not my problem it's yours'. So that released me. I got up on the Sunday morning -- 35 people in the first three rows, that's all. And the centre holds 1,000. 35 people in a thousand seat auditorium looks very small. You know,, when I got up on that first Sunday morning I didn't care if there was two, there I had such a peace. I thought I was just there for three weeks. I was still there after 14 months. I remember walking on the mountain after about six weeks and saying to God 'I'm going to be here a bit longer than three weeks aren't I Lord?' Cancelling all my ministry, all those engagements, was like cutting my legs off. My international ministry I had to cut off, or cut right back. The Lord said 'I want you to make King's a priority.' I thought 'Oh no'. But he died to let it die. I was right up on a mountain and I said 'Lord, why on earth have you called me to pastor this church and I've had no experience?'

Just answer me that, that's all, and I'll be okay'. And what the Lord said to me, I laughed out loud when he said it. 'When I asked Noah to build a boat, did I ask him because of his previous boat building experience? That's why you're going to be successful. That's where your success is. You listen to me and I'll tell you where to get the wood, how much pitch to put where, how to keep it afloat.' You know, I laughed. I had a great time with the Lord that morning. Now, we meet on a Sunday night and we're up to nearly 600 on a Sunday night. And this Sunday morning (27 October 1991) we had over 400 in the service. I've got 50 counsellors trained; I've got a ministry team of 15 in different departments - Sunday School, youth, music, visitation, pastoral - I've had to set that up and that wasn't pre-planned. King's is an on-going miracle and I give God all the glory.'

I pick songs with a view to singing them live, 'cause I'm a minister, so I just pick 'em up all over the place. I do strive for excellence in performance and also in recording but it doesn't really bother me if it isn't recorded in a 48 track with a 100K plus budget. As long as what we've got is good I'm happy.

After a period of laying his music ministry down, God has given Ray the go-ahead to accept some engagements. Today his musical ministry is reaching more people than ever before. At the beginning of 1991 he signed to Word Records and with the multi-talented keyboard player/ producer Mai Pope recorded the album 'Psalms, Hymns And Spiritual Songs' which has been a big seller in Britain's bookshops since its release. "It was a wrench leaving Chapel Lanne," admitted Ray. "Rob Andrews has been incredibly supportive of my ministry down the years. But I needed more distribution and Word could give me that. Now I'd like to do a second volume of 'Psalms, Hymns And Spiritual Songs', I've already got some songs in mind."

For the future? It seems God has more plans yet for this most amazing musician and pastor.

"I'm travelling internationally more now than ever. There are tremendous developments in the area of my music ministry which are beginning to take it worldwide. So, isn't God good? He says 'You do this for me and I'll work on your house.' There's a nautical term, 'put every sail up to catch the wind'. That's what I must keep doing." CR

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About Tony Cummings
Tony CummingsTony Cummings is the music editor for Cross Rhythms website and attends Grace Church in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Steven Price in Newport @ 06:08 on Apr 24 2019

Saturday29th October 1994.
A friend called Spikey (Mike Siderenko) called me and and invited me to Kings Church Newport.
At 28 years of age I new my life would never be the same.
On Sunday morning at about 11 am Pastor Ray Beaven stopped the worship and announced The Holy Spirit told him people want to give their life to Jesus NOW.
I think at least 10 of us rushed to the front and got saved.
Pastor Ray blessed my engagement to Denise and then married us and also dedicated our son Isaac to God.
His preaching helped me come to know the love of God through Jesus.
Thank you Pastor Ray

Posted by glenys withers @ 21:56 on Nov 15 2018

I love the kings church Newport they are real and not RELIGIOUS I was there for a few yrs and I saw real people from all walks of life I found them to be caring and allowing the HOLY SPIRIT to move in that place I love ray bevan so funny whatever people do in their lives they stand and fall to God not people ,if people were truly walking in the spirit and had the love of God and his compassion there would be no judgemental and heartless people, they would realise that we have all been SAVED BY GRACE alone and anything we do wrong is not down to the JUDGEMENT of others except GOD ,may GOD BLESS RAY AND ALL OF THE KINGS CHURCH AMEN !!

Posted by Bobo Omombo in Johannesburg, South Africa @ 17:57 on Mar 17 2018

Ps. Ray will be preaching at our Rhema South Family church tomorrow morning in Alberton, South Africa and we can’t wait to receive the Lord message through him. We’re coming expectant for sure!!!!

Posted by Lorraine in Portsmouth @ 18:42 on Aug 23 2017

I first met ray andrew clyde 1980 southsea seafront at their international outreach rev ivor thomas took us amazing time and it changed my life

Reply by Suzanne jupp in Portsmouth. Hamts @ 19:38 on Mar 4 2018

Hi Lorraine So amazing! After church this morning somehow the conversation over coffee turned to the Elim bible weeks at Bognor, which somehow led remembering to hearing Ray Bevan in our Elim Church back in the late 70s.
Sitting at home this afternoon looking up his name on You Tube Inremembered the lovely song Keep the stones unemployed. Suddenly your name and comments appeared. I felt compelled to send you this message. Not sure why but just had to share a bit of my joJpast. Are you in a church in Portsmouth. I am in a Baptist church now in Morth End after many years in the then Elim Arundel street. Would love to hear back from you. Blessings Suzanne Jupp

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Posted by Adelaide in CRC Pretoria @ 09:36 on Nov 29 2016

Thank you for always coming down to CRC- SA to minister to us. your message What to do when you do not know what to do has such a great impact in my life. I am grateful to our senior Pastors, Pastor At and Nyretta Boshoff for being your friends and inviting you to minister to us. thank you very much for servig God in this manner. May God continue to bless you and increase your sphere of influence for HIS GLORY.

Posted by James Eric Wong in Singapore @ 06:13 on Nov 21 2016

Hi Pastor Ray,
It was really a blessing for us when you preached at New Creation Church, Singapore yesterday. It is a very simple yet profound message that definitely reflects the Holy Spirit's anointing. Your message resonates strongly with several experiences that Abba father has allowed to happen in my life. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to [His] purpose. Your message reminded me of a very precious tune that God has given to me while meditating Proverbs 3 : 5&6 in the midst of those trials that almost caused a serious mental breakdown. PTL!

Posted by Nigeldaniels in Resolven @ 05:13 on Sep 27 2016

Hi ray it's nigel just sitting here one night couldn't sleep 4 am put my tv on and there u was the only way I recognised u was ur voice it nice to see u hope u all ok ..can't wait to tell dad

Posted by Sherry konzelman in Waco, Texas @ 04:57 on Sep 18 2015

Hi Ray and family. I was part of the New Creation singers from Waco, Tex. We sang at the church in 1971 and 1972 and 1974. We also sang at your wedding and have fun recording of some of your songs like Johnny Boy. Love y'all, Sherry

Posted by Janet Leacock in Prestatyn @ 11:28 on Jul 20 2015

At the beginning of 1988 Ray Bevan held a gospel concert at Prestatyn High School. I usually hung around with friends who smoked down a track to the meadows, but this one lunchtime, I just didn't feel like going. I walked around school alone and saw one of the posters advertising the Gospel Concert. I didn't know what gospel was so decided to just walk past the hall and listen to what was going on. My RE teacher happened to be on the door and beckoned me over! I ended up walking into the hall and not knowing where to sit until some friends from my french class noticed me and called me over to where they were sitting. I heard the gospel message for the first time and was invited to Calvary Church that evening where Ray was going to be sharing more songs and stories. As my family didn't own a car and we lived about 3 miles away, I didn't think I'd be able to make it, but one of the girls I sat next to happened to be the daughter of the pastor of the church and offered to pick me up!! I gave my life to Jesus that night. Thank you Ray Bevan for introducing Him to me xx

Posted by connie in newport @ 19:18 on Apr 4 2014

Hes my grandad

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