Ray Manning is a north Mississippi native who has been serving Ozark Baptist Church since early 2012. At Itawamba Community College he served as the president of Baptist Student Union and was a summer missionary in Wasilla, Alaska in 2007. He was also a camp counselor in Mississippi during the summer of 2008. He is currently serving at the Baptist Student Union as the associate director, responsible for weekly worship and planning the annual spring break mission trip. While attending Blue Mountain College, he served as the president of the Ministerial Association, overseeing the campus and community outreach programs.  He has been married to Melonie since 2009.  They have three children: Mason, Millie, and Ezra.