With 15 years of Worship Leading experience, Ray has traveled to twenty-one states as a Church Consultant, assisting in developing worship pastors and their teams. In 2016, Ray recorded a four-song worship EP titled, “Calmer of the Seas” under his middle name Stephen Tafoya and produced by Grammy Award Winning Producer, Ed Cash. Ed has Co-written countless songs including the well-known Worship Anthem “How Great is our God” with Christian Songwriter, Chris Tomlin. “Calmer of the Seas” is available in all digital stores including Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and YouTube. Ray has been trained by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s personal vocal coach, Renee Grant Williams.
After traveling and consulting for the past few years, Ray and his wife Ashley desired to find a place to settle and raise their son, Ben. Having considered several states, they found themselves drawn to the state of Montana and subsequently, New Life Church. The Tafoyas along with the New Life staff saw God’s hand at work and he was hired as the Worship / Young Adults Pastor in April 2018.
One of the Tafoya’s favorite hobbies is attending country, folk, and bluegrass concerts. Ray and Ashley are starting a vinyl collection and look forward to playing them while entertaining friends and drinking lots of coffee. They love to take long drives and see different places. They also love cabins, hiking and spending time in nature.
Although Ashley is usually shy, she loves getting to know people and building relationships. Usually grabbing a bite to eat and drinking iced tea is the best way to get to know her. Her hobbies include vintage and thrift store shopping, hiking, swimming, boat rides and the outdoors in general. She also loves sports but does not enjoy losing at them.
Ray and Ashley are excited about this new chapter in their life and look forward to investing in New Life Church and the Flathead Valley.