As a graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible College, Twin Peaks, California, Ray served Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa at the House of Psalms before beginning his pastoral work. In fall of 1977, Ray Bentley founded Calvary Chapel of El Cajon and served there as the senior pastor for four years. In 1981, he left Calvary Chapel of El Cajon to assume the position of assistant pastor/teacher at Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego, California. In August of 1984, Ray left Horizon Christian Fellowship to begin Maranatha Chapel where he serves today as the senior pastor.
In fall of 1997, Maranatha Chapel moved into a new 15-acre church facility in Rancho Bernardo that serves around 7,000 people weekly.
In recent years, Pastor Ray has taken opportunities to preach at a Billy Graham sponsored crusade in India, as well as other outreaches in England, Scotland, Australia, Ireland, Africa, China, and the Philippines.
In 1992, Ray established Maranatha Christian Schools to equip children, K-8th grade, with the spiritual, social and scholastic skills to foster a better equipped future community of believers. In Winter of 2004, Ray dedicated a 100-acre property that houses a campus for up to 2,000 future students.
Ray Bentley is host to the daily Maranatha radio show heard on stations across the United States and has authored a variety of books and other resources.
Ray Bentley co-authored his book, “On the Mountain of the Lord” with Bodie Thoene.
Bodie Thoene (pronounced Tay-nee) is an American author who co-authors with her husband, Brock Thoene. They are the authors of more than 65 works of historical fiction. Eight of their books have won “Gold Medallion Awards.” Over 35 million copies of their books have been sold in more than 20 languages.