Liverpool First United Methodist Church Leadership
Liverpool First United Methodist Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Pastor Ray Gilman
Pastor Ray Gilman was appointed to serve as Liverpool First United Methodist Church's Senior Pastor in July of 2020. Prior to that, he served the Upper New York United Methodist Church in Western New York, most recently in Clarence Center. He is a second-career pastor who brings with him an extensive background in business, marketing, & advertising.
Pastor Gilman’s passion for the Lord and a deeper Scriptural understanding have inspired him to surrender to the Lord’s call and ‘go wherever Christ commands’ and do good work for the Kingdom of God. His heart is to be within the will of God as it is revealed in Scripture and the work of the Holy Spirit. He is a passionate preacher and enthusiastic storyteller who takes worship and preaching very seriously.
He graduated from Knox College in 1988 with a B.A. In Liberal Arts and from United Theological Seminary in 2017 with an MDiv. in Theological and Ministerial Studies emphasizing Church Revitalization. In May of 2018, Pastor Gilman was robed and formally received by the UNYUMC annual conference as a Provisional Elder.
Pastor Gilman has been happily married for 14 years to his wife, Andrea. They have three daughters; Lexie (9), Tori (11), and Katie (13). Pastor Gilman’s oldest child, Dylan, lives and works in the Rochester area. Email Pastor Ray.