The Dakota Conference is pleased to welcome Richard Ray as its new associate treasurer, succeeding Cindy Miller, who is set to retire in early 2024. Richard brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to service that aligns with the conference’s values.

A graduate of Weimar Academy in California, Richard’s professional journey began with over 10 years of service in the United States Army. Starting as a lab tech, he later transitioned to human resources, showcasing his adaptability and diverse skill set. Richard holds an associate degree in medical laboratory technology and a bachelor’s degree in business with a focus on accounting.

For the past nine years, Richard has served as the business officer manager at Lisbon and Valley City hospitals in North Dakota. His background in both healthcare and business management positions him well for the responsibilities of the associate treasurer role.

Richard’s journey to the Dakota Conference office was unexpectedly divine. During a challenging period at his former job, his father-in-law spotted the associate treasurer ad in OUTLOOK Magazine and shared it with Richard. This led him to explore the opportunity, where he found a sense of direction and purpose.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Richard shares a deep passion for youth and their role in the future of the church. He and his wife, Betsy, have been married for 23 years and have three children: Rosalyn (Troy), Tori, and Teddy. The couple has made a conscious decision to invest in children’s programs, recognizing the significance of nurturing the next generation. Richard emphasizes, “They are an important investment. Not a lot of people are willing to take charge, but it is something we CAN do and want to do.”

As Richard undergoes training with Cindy Miller, the Dakota Conference eagerly anticipates the positive impact he will bring to the team. His unique blend of military, healthcare and business experience, coupled with a commitment to youth development, aligns with the values and mission of the conference. With great enthusiasm for continued growth and success, the Dakota Conference looks forward to Richard Ray’s leadership as associate treasurer.