February 17, 2023
FAITH / FAMILY / FACTS: Talkin’ it Out with Trae & Ray
Parents have an effective and handy tool for talking to their children about not drinking alcohol underage, their faith. Whatever your faith is, whether it’s strong, weak, commonplace or rare, faith can be a source of encouragement, inspiration, humility and confidence for you to talk out the big “life items” with your child.
Ray Beale is a native of Concord, North Carolina. She was first called to work for the emotional and spiritual well-being of families when she was a high school teacher turned youth minister. Ray is a graduate of NCSU and holds a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Her Doctor of Ministry focused on predictive factors of emotional and spiritual growth, wellness and maturity.
Ray serves as Associate Pastor at The Gathering Church in Durham, NC where she is inspired by her colleagues and church members! She and Roger have been married for 31 years. They have a senior and a freshman in college.
Trae Bremer is a native of Leoti (Lee-OH-Tuh), a small town in west Kansas. He came to North Carolina via a full basketball scholarship to Campbell University. Trae’s undergraduate major is religion. Upon graduation, he went on to attend Campbell Divinity School, where he earned a Master of Divinity in 2019. While at Campbell he met his future wife Jewel, who is a veterinarian.
A gifted preacher and mentor, Trae is the student and young adult pastor at United Church in Apex, NC where he and his colleague Morgan have grown a tiny youth group into a large youth group through their competence, compassion and fun.