Ray Vester Ministries

Ray Vester Ministries


I am a singer/songwriter/musician/evangelist. Most people say my music is Southern Gospel but I just call it "Ray Vester Style" I love singing and preaching the word of God.


The youngest of three siblings, Ray Vester was born and raised in Rocky Mount, NC. At an early age, he became a Christian and soon after southern gospel music became his passion.

At the tender age of 19 Ray recorded his first record in 1979. The first song he ever wrote was on this record. “Come Soon Jesus“ was the song and was recorded by several other groups over the years. Shortly after recording his first record Ray formed his first trio called “The Faith in Action Singers". The group enjoyed some success for several years but the group was retired in 1982.

During the summer of 1982 Ray played the piano for "The Kings Messengers" from Pikeville, NC. With a longing in his soul to sing Ray formed the trio named “The Gospel Laymen ". The trio became very popular and performed in many churches and auditoriums. The Gospel Laymen recorded two albums during the 3 years it was together.

In 1985 Ray joined "The Monarchs"; he wrote and recorded "This Man from Galilee" on the "Naturally" album. This song received a lot of radio play and was very popular with audiences on the East Coast.

After all the years of being silent in southern gospel music God made a way for Ray to sing again! January 2003 was a sad time in his life but yet a new beginning. Ray was comforted and inspired by God through music in the days following his mother's death. He sat down at his keyboard with a sense of urgency and God began to pour new songs into his spirit. Ray returned to the recording studio March 28, 2003 to record the new CD entitled "Back Again". His mother Arlene Vester wrote two special songs "Rejoice in God’s Love" and "Jesus Is My Everything" on the CD.

In 2004 Ray release a new project entitled “From the Heart” which included “Time Traveler” written by his brother Richard Vester and “My Prayer” written by Ray’s mother Arlene Vester.

In 2005 Ray released two new projects. “Here and Now”, Ray’s third vocal CD includes “All your Love” written by Ray’s brother Richard Vester. Ray also released his first instrumental CD entitled “Keyboard Favorites”.

2005 Was a very exciting year for Ray Vester ministries! Ray is preaching again after many years and will be touring the US and Canada in 2006 sharing his ministry.

2006 Brought a renewed excitement for Ray Vester Ministries! Ray has released 2 new projects “I’m Still Standing” and “Ray Vester 80’s Collection” which is a HIV/AIDS project.

2007 New project "Freedom" was released. In August Ray underwent major surgery and due to complications ended up with Gangrene and almost died. In October Ray underwent emergency surgery to remove the Gangrene tissue. God brought him “Through the fire”! During this time Ray was off the road from doing Ministry.

2008 Was full of wonderful moments but yet Ray faced more surgeries. In March Ray had another major surgery and once again had more complications. Because of the complications Ray was in severe pain and unable to work. So in November Ray underwent another surgery to remove a nerve that was entrapped during the surgery in March. Ray continued to be off the road from doing Ministry as well as being out of work a total of 6 months.
However during Ray’s time of sickness he was approached by Randy Stalls from “Vision Quest Music Group” with an offer of a Recording Contract. Even though Ray was going through so much God gave him the strength and courage to sign the Recording Contact and history was made for Ray Vester Ministries. The Label released the new CD “Sail Away” in July. In October the single entitled “It’s All Good” was released to Southern Gospel Radio Stations Nationwide and debuted at #28 on the Christian Country Gospel National Chart! By December the single hit #1 on the Christian Country Gospel National Chart. The single also debuted at #60 on the Southern Gospel Top 100 Hits and has stayed at that spot for 4 months as of January, 2009.

2009 The single “It’s All Good” continues to be on the National Charts! Ray is well and heading back “on the road again” for the “Sail Away” Tour. . After going through so many trials God truly has begun a new work in Ray Vesters’ life and Ministry! The response to Ray’s return has been amazing so look for him in your area in 2009.

Ray Vester signs an exclusive contract with Hope Unlimited Productions Talent & Booking Agency

January 2010 "Work in the Field" CD released.


It's All Good

Written By: Ray Vester

It’s All Good, It’s all good, God’s grace is all good
When I’m on the mountain down in the valley
High on life or sad and depressed
Just living life everyday
God’s grace is all good

1. I was walking through life with blinders on. Looking for love in all the wrong places. God was there to fill the void

2. Now I have joy, peace and happiness. All my needs are met according to God’s word. God’s grace is all good.

Brave Heart

Written By: Ray Vester

A Brave Heart
Have a brave heart to fight evils in this world
That bring sadness in your life
Have a brave heart to stand in the midst of trails
Remember Jesus had a brave heart

Jesus had a brave heart when he was nailed to the cross
Jesus had a brave heart while walking up Calvary’s hill
So we could have a brave heart

At the last supper Jesus broke bread with the disciples that day
saying take this bread it’s my body, drink this is my blood
Jesus had a brave a heart

You Can Fly

Written By: Ray Vester

You Can Fly
1. You don’t have to wait for the sweet bye and bye
You can fly with the Holy Spirit as your wings
With Joy in your heart, You can fly!

Do You Wanna Fly?
Like a bird in the sky
Past the big dipper
By the Milky Way
Mars and Pluto
You can Fly in this Life

2. Stand up for what you believe
Fight for Peace and Justice
Fight for equality and Freedom
From the chains that bind
With God on your side
You can fly

God Does

Written By: Ray Vester

God Does

1. Sometimes we feel we’re all alone in this world
We think that no one cares for us or how we feel
God does, God does.

God cares when a sparrow falls and knows every
hair on our head.
God knows every breath we take and knows our
Path before we do
God does, God does.

2. Jesus came to give us life in this world
that we might live more abundantly and want
for nothing.
Jesus did, Jesus did.

Come To The Master

Written By: Ray Vester

Comes to the Master
Jesus Is waiting for you
Bring Christ all your burdens
God will make you whole

Come to the table
And Feast on the mana
Jesus brought from heaven
It will cleanse your body

Come to the healer
Jesus took those stripes for you
So you may walk in health
And never be sick again

Come Worship
God is worthy to be praised
God is worthy to be praised
Just life your hands in the air
Let Jesus fill your heart with joy!

Come to the Master
Jesus is waiting for you
Bring Christ all your burdens
God will make you whole

Here and Now

Written By: Ray Vester

1. When I’m on the mountain, In the valley
Jesus is in my heart
In the here, in the here and now

2. I love to sing, of Jesus love
Everyday in my life, Jesus shows the way
In the here, in the here and now

In the here and now
Jesus will make you whole
Cleanse your heart with the Holy Spirit
In the here, in the here and now

3. If in your everyday life
There’s pain and strife
Let Jesus in your heart today
In the here, in the here and now

When Jesus Rides on the Clouds

Written By: Ray Vester

When Jesus rides on the clouds
Wearing a robe of white
Coming back to earth to take the saints home
When Jesus rides on the clouds

1. There’s people walking on the streets
Looking for happiness
The devils has them fooled they are blind
Jesus will leave them behind

2. Fall on your knees and pray
Ask Jesus to come in
He’ll cleanse your heart from sin
And all unrighteousness
Then you will be waiting for him

Gonna Be Joy

Written By: Ray Vester

It’s gonna be joy
When we step inside the gate
It’s gonna be joy
When we look upon his face
It’s gonna be joy
To hear him say well done
It’s gonna be joy pure joy
When we get home

1. When Gabriel blows the trumpet
The dead in Christ will rise
Then those that remain will be
Caught up to meet them in the sky

2. We’re going to the marriage supper
And dine with our God we drink
That new wine called Jesus
To live with him forever more


Written By: Ray Vester

1. As I sit here I wonder what the day will bring
Pain and strife or joy in my life
With Jesus I can do anything
Give’s me strength when I fall
Hears me when I call
That’s Jesus the Lord of my life

Jesus, Jesus what a lovely name
Master, Savior the everlasting King
Almighty, Healer the alpha and omega
That’s Jesus the Lord of my life

2. You ask how can I know your Jesus
Just kneel and pray give all your heart
The darkness will turn to light
With Jesus you can do anything but fail
Make Jesus the Lord of your life!

From the Heart

Written By: Ray Vester

1. While carrying the cross up cavalry’s hill
They mocked and spat on Jesus
Jesus heart was breaking
Because people let him down
From the heart Jesus died on the cross
To set the captives free

From the heart God sent Jesus to earth
To wear the crown of thorns
They placed the spear in Jesus side
Jesus took those stripes for us
From the heart Jesus is calling
Come to me I’ll set you free

2. From the heart I’m saying to you
Let Jesus in your heart
Let the spirit cleanse your heart from
Sin and make you whole
From your heart to God’s heart
The angels will sing and dance.

Not So Much

Written By: Ray Vester

Does it seem things are going wrong in your life?
At times there’s sadness on every hand
Look to God’s word and you will find the answer
Just pray in Jesus name

Not so much of sin in my life
Not so much of hatred and strife
Jesus said some unto me
All that are heavy laden
I will give you rest
Not so much of the old ways

I’m reminded of my childhood and when I was Born again
I knelt down at my bedside
Asking God to please forgive me of my sins
I prayed in Jesus name

Right On Time

Written By: Ray Vester

Right on Time, Right on Time
God is Always, Right on Time
Through the good times or bad
Happy and sad
God is always, Right on Time

When life seem impossible and there’s no way out
God will make a way, where there seems to be no way
God is always, Right on Time!

In God’s word you will find, words of encouragement
We’re more than conquers, if we only believe
God is always, Right on Time!


Latest radio single: "Not So Much"
CD's Released:
2010 "Work in the Field"
2008 "Sail Away"
2007 "Freedom"
2006 "I'm Still Standing"
2005 "Here And Now"
2005 "Keyboard Favorites"
2004 "From The Heart"
2003 "Back Again"

Set List

"Take That Final Flight"
"From The Heart"
"A New Song"
"Through The Fire"
"Brave Heart"
"Dry Bones"
"It's All Good"
"It's A Miracle"
"The Old Gospel Ship"
"The Lighthouse"
"The Jesus Express"
"Gonna Be Joy"
"Sail Away"
"When Jesus Rides on the Clouds"