Ray McCollum has been in pastoral ministry in Middle Tennessee for the past thirty-five years and is the founder of Bethel World Outreach Center in Brentwood, TN, established in 1984. In 2000 and after being the Senior Pastor since, Pastor Ray stepped down from his role at Bethel to travel and teach the Bible, relocating to Austin, Texas, in 2004. After becoming the Senior Pastor of Christ Community Church in Austin for six years, God called him back to Nashville to establish a new church, what is now Celebration Church. Ray is widely known for his Bible-teaching ministry and gift of revelation. Ray came to Christ in 1971, and entered the ministry at age forty-three, after twenty-five years in the business world.