My name is Ray Ortiz. I am a Pastor and church planter for Revive Church in Austin, Texas. We are a new church plant that launched on September 18th of 2011. I have this blog to journal my thoughts about the plant, life, the church and everything that entails. I plan on blogging a few (2 to 3) times a week with updates on the plant and family life that it pertains to. My wife Chantel has a blog as well. You should check it out HERE

I grew up in the Austin area and  graduated in 1995 from Round Rock High School. I am also a 2003 graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute and I am currently working towards a Masters in Christian Ministry at Dallas Baptist University. I’ve been involved in various areas of ministry for the past 12 years, many of which include: worship leader, college & career director, sound engineer, creative arts director,  small group leader, janitor and student pastor.  I met my wife while attending Christ for the Nations Institute and we married very shortly after graduation. We have been married going on 11 years and have 3 children (Colby, Cephas (Kay-fa) and Sophia)