Our Founder

Pastor Ray McCauley has been one of the most influential Christian leaders in South Africa celebrating over 40 years in fulltime ministry since 1979. Pastor Ray (as he is affectionately known) is an enigma to those who watch him from a distance. He is white and his congregation is predominantly black. He has been pastoring Rhema Bible Church North, situated in Randburg, a congregation with an attendance over the years of over 15 000, every Sunday. The Rhema congregation is reflection of the racial demographic of the country. In fact, at a time when Sunday morning was the most segregated time in South Africa, Pastor Ray pioneered the concept of a multiracial church, much to the unease of the then Apartheid government. But this aspect of his calling – the promotion of interracial harmony and fellowship – was already determined by the time he started in ministry. At his ordination in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, in 1979 (after completing his studies at Rhema Bible Training Centre Tulsa), Dr Fred Price prophesied about the role Pastor Ray would play in uniting black and white people in South Africa.

Pastor Ray started Rhema with about 13 people in the lounge of his parents’ home. He then moved to a 600-seater local cinema, the Constantia in Orange Grove. After a while, the congregation outgrew the venue and it had to move to bigger premises in the heart of Johannesburg, hiring the Colosseum theatre which could seat 2 000 people. In 1982 Pastor Ray and his rapidly growing congregation moved to a building on Jan Smuts Avenue in Randburg and in no time made an offer to purchase it. The building housed the church’s auditorium, a Bible-training centre that Pastor Ray had established as well as staff offices.

It soon became apparent that a much bigger venue was needed. Ever the visionary and big thinker, Pastor Ray led the church in acquiring a large piece of land in Randpark Ridge upon which the current premises stand. The main auditorium currently seats 7 200 people.

Pastor Ray’s vibrant and relevant television ministry has been watched all over South Africa and in many parts of Africa, thus making him a household name and a face that is easily recognisable.

Pastor Ray is the Founding Pastor of Rhema Bible Church North, President of Rhema Ministries, SA, and President of Rhema Family Churches. Many Pastors and church affiliates across the country desire to identify with the legacy of Pastor Ray McCauley and Rhema Bible Church North – resulting in the formation of Rhema Family Churches.

In early 2022, Pastor Ray McCauley, the Founding Pastor, together with the Executive Board, initiated the transition of handing over the leadership of the church to his son and daughter-in-law. This generational transition officially took place in a Succession Service held on 01 May 2022, when Pastors Joshua and Tara were anointed and appointed as the new Senior Pastors of Rhema Bible Church North. As the Founding Pastor, Pastor Ray will continue to preach regularly and work closely with Joshua and Tara, helping to guide them into the future.

Pastor Ray loves South Africa and the continent of Africa. He believes the impact of this continent on the world has yet to come and greater days for Africa lie ahead. Pastor Ray is married to Zelda and between them they have five children and seven grandchildren.

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