Raymond Cross


Ray Cross describes himself as an "improvementist" – "Good, better, best never let it rest, until your good is better and your better, best." Ray always looks for ways of breathing new life, creativity and healing into all of his relationships and activities – a life drive that uncovers improvements and solutions to perplexing inefficiencies and weakness. Ray applies this drive to all he experiences. His books, therefore, touch on a variety of challenges that have crossed his path, both conceptual and practical.

Ray was born in Toronto, studied for ministry at Ontario Bible College, where he earned a Bachelor of Theology. While pastoring in Peterborough, from Trent University he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Ray pastored Baptist churches in Peterborough, Trenton, Port Hope, Oshawa and Scarborough for 32 years before retiring from pastoral service. Pastoral ministry, of course, involved all aspects of personal and family care. While pastoring, Ray took many practical ministry and counselling courses to enhance his skills as well a travelling province-wide teaching insightful seminars.
Since retiring from pastoring, Ray has served as an Officiant, primarily for weddings. His wedding website,
brideschoiceofficiant.com, provides matchless wedding ceremony resources couples love. As well he maintains bridalvows.ca, providing resources and referrals to other Officiants.

Ray has been happily married since 1971 to Diane, a nutrition expert and public school teacher (retired). They have two grown children and three grandchildren. Ray shares that the incredible professional acting skills of his daughter, Andrea, inspire his quest for dynamic presentation in ceremonies.

If you see Ray and Diane about town you will find them walking hand in hand. They also ice skate several times a week. They love to travel and delight in white sand beaches. A natural extension of their love of travel is Ray’s periodic service as guest minister on cruises ships.

Ray is a thorough researcher, and his experience in sermon planning, public speaking, and service planning and coordination is evident in all he does.

Ray is sensitive and responsive to the needs of those he serves, whether in weddings, public speaking or on the printed page.

Where to find Raymond Cross online


Sensational Wedding Officiant
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 77,250. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Weddings » Wedding planning & checklists
(5.00 from 1 review)
The most complete and practical book about wedding officiating ever. Insights fill the gap in practical education of clergy and Officiants world-wide, whether experienced or novice, officiating in churches or in the community. Sensational means giving our all with skills that elevate involvement and performance to launch couples unforgettably into commitments that hopefully last a lifetime.
Introducing Jesus
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Jesus, the Gospels & Acts, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity / Jehovah’s Witnesses
Lift your spirit heavenward with this Bible study about who Jesus is, Great for personal devotions or home Bible studies–for evangelism, new believer support, cult proofing or for evangelism of Jehovah’s Witnesses, even using their translation.
Discover the Spiritual Gift in You
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 44,760. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Counseling, Nonfiction » Psychology » Interpersonal relations
A biblical safari into Holy Spirit empowerment and self discovery. Explore motivational spiritual gifts that radiate outward from within to harmonize all you are with all you do. Enhance the functionality of all biblical categories of gifts. Experience a starburst of thrilling interpersonal enlightenment that makes coordination to and appreciation for others much more natural.
Give Your Wedding Sensational Add-On Ceremonies
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,090. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Weddings » Wedding customs
Include an attention gathering add-on drama in your wedding ceremony that you and your guests will never forget. 20 options to break the drone of words, words, words.
Give Your Wedding Sensational Sound and Music
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,530. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Weddings » Wedding customs
Secrets and resources for skilled sound amplification. Guidelines for recorded and live-performance music. Extensive lists of music for a sensational wedding.
Give Yourself Sensational Pre-Marital Counselling
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 28,850. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Weddings » Wedding planning & checklists
Inexpensive pre-marital counselling your can actually do yourself. Independently complete unique diagnostic questionnaires, comparing responses, then consider and discuss guidance provided.
Give Yourself a Sensational Wedding Rehearsal
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,160. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Weddings » Wedding planning & checklists
Secrets to rehearse your wedding ceremony like a pro. Less cost. More quality. From an Officiant with 40 years experience.
Give Yourself a Sensational Wedding Ceremony
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,020. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Weddings » Wedding planning & checklists
Create unforgettably romantic wedding ceremonies - more quality, less cost. Inside secrets.
How to Make Your Insurance Company Pay
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 30,730. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Insurance business
Discover 10 insurance mistakes, 15 claim problems, 10 progressive pressure tactics you can use to get your insurance company to pay, and much more.