Ray Esclamado

Ray Esclamado

Elder (Chairman) ('21)

Lorie and I have been married for 41 years. We both grew up in San Francisco, and have lived in Sacramento, Seattle, Ann Arbor, Cleveland, and now Durham. This is our 13th year in Durham and is the longest we have lived in one location. It is a reminder to us that we are aliens and strangers in this world and are on a journey home.

My career in medicine was the culprit for the moving; I am currently working at Duke as a head and neck surgeon. I have been in practice for 29 years, and have had the privilege and responsibility of caring for cancer patients physically, and when the Lord provides opportunity, spiritually.

Lorie has faithfully provided a home wherever we lived, and raised our three children who are now grown and married. Our two oldest daughters, Laura and Elizabeth, were born in San Francisco, and now live in the Triangle area while our son and his wife, Alyse, live in Breckenridge, CO. We are blessed with 9 grandchildren.

How did you become a follower of Christ?

I became a follower Christ by God’s grace. I grew up in a Catholic home but my faith was external and not a heart faith based on the Gospel.

Early in my marriage, the pursuit of medicine and worldly success was my idol and resulted in several personal struggles with my wife and as a father. In my first real job, after residency training in 1989 at the University of Michigan, God placed me in a work environment surrounded by Christians. Lorie and I were seeking help and answers, and accepted an invitation to go to church by faculty members who were friends at work. It was there that God opened my eyes, ears and heart to show me my sinfulness and idolatry, to understand the Gospel, and to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. When we moved to Cleveland in 1996, these same friends visited and helped us find a wonderful church family that modeled the Psalmist’s heart in Psalm 139:2: “For you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

I continue to learn what it means to have Jesus as Lord - learning obedience, discipleship and trusting that the Lord will complete the good work that He began in us.