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Mike Rayson in concert - 9 Oct 2010

7.00 pm Saturday 9 October 2010
Baildon Methodist Church
Retiring Collection for the Blenheim Project

Reverend Mike Rayson was born and bred in the Outback… no, not the steakhouse, the real outback of South Australia!

After completing his education in tiny rural schools hundreds and hundreds (and hundreds) of miles from the nearest city, Mike went on to a career in the media. After hosting number 1 rated radio programs in rural, regional and metropolitan markets and writing many national radio commercial campaigns, he heeded God’s call, and went on to ministry with the Uniting Church of Australia – an amalgamation of Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches;, the third largest denomination in the country.

Mike’s first pastoral role was in the regional town of Port Lincoln, South Australia… where Steve Spielberg filmed the underwater scenes of the movie ‘Jaws’. Full immersion baptism was a health hazard in the region!! Mike also served as Chaplain/Pastor to the local High School of 900 students and 60 staff.

From Port Lincoln, Mike took an appointment to the capital city of South Australia (Adelaide), where he served in 2 parishes – Marion and Seacliff.

With a passion for music infusing his pastoral ministry, and increasing time away from his churches accepting invitations to preach and sing elsewhere, Mike stepped out of fulltime pastoral ministry in 2000 and started Mike Rayson International Ministries, which is partnered with Compassion International. The ministry organization runs under a 13 member board of directors, and a constant prayer team that has members spanning 6 countries.

In 2005, Mike and his wife Amy, and their children Sam, Laura and Oliver, heeded Gods call on their lives and relocated their ministry to the other side of the world – Pleasant View, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. After 5 years in the South, the family moved to Illinois, where Mike and Amy serve as pastors of St Paul UMC in Brighton.

He has ministered with such people as Anne Graham Lotz—daughter of legendary Christian Evangelist “Billy Graham”; Rev Dr Len Sweet—author and theologian; and has shared the musical stage with Darlene Zschech—composer of the song ‘Shout To the Lord’, legendary guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, and many others.

Good humor, great songs, and most importantly God’s word make up Mike Rayson’s ministry. Through Mike, Jesus is sure to refresh and revive your soul.

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