Raymond F. Culpepper
Raymond F. Culpepper started his ministry at the age of 16. He traveled the United States as an evangelist, speaking in churches, youth crusades and summer youth camps. After serving as a Student Pastor near Atlanta, Georgia, he was appointed as a State Youth and Discipleship Director in the states of California/Nevada, Indiana and Alabama. In 1980 he and his wife, Peggy, planted Riverchase Church of God which became the prestigious Metropolitan Church of God in Birmingham, Alabama.
During his 24 year pastorate he led the church through 4 locations finally settling on a ½-mile stretch of interstate frontage with a membership of 3,000. The church campus is valued at $20,000,000.00. The church was known as a lighthouse for the lost, a hospital for the hurting and a spiritual mother birthing ministries—over 60 different ministries in the community. Gifted as a public speaker, he traveled extensively speaking in camp meetings, conferences, seminars and conventions.
Dr. Culpepper has been very involved with the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) where he served 12 years on the denominations Council of Eighteen. In 2004 he was elected to the Church of God International Executive Committee as 1st Assistant General Overseer. In 2008 he was elected to serve as Presiding Bishop, the highest office in the Church of God, where he traveled throughout the world. He presently serves as State Administrative Bishop in the state of Alabama.
He was educated at Lee University, Butler University, California Graduate School of Theology and Samford University. He has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Divinity Degrees.
He is married to Peggy Price Culpepper and is the father of one son and two daughters with 5 grandchildren.
He describes himself as a servant of God, disciple of Christ and preacher of the gospel. He has written numerous books including Power Living, No Church Left Behind, The Great Commission…The Solution and 3 volumes of Search66: A Journey Through the Bible.