Teaches Church Education
Baptist Christian College, Hyles-Anderson College, B.S., D.D.; Youth director for three years; Assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church of Hammond for thirty-two years; Bus director for twenty-six years; Twenty-six years of teaching experience; College administrator for seventeen years; Author of four books.
Dr. Ray Young was trained by his parents to be an honest and hard-working young man. Being in rural Louisiana, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoor life. In 1970, as a fifteen-year-old boy, Brother Young rode a bus to church, was saved, baptized, called to preach, and preached his first sermon. As a young man he listened to men like Dr. Jack Hyles, Dr. Wally Beebe, and Dr. Jim Vineyard. In 1974 he came to Hyles-Anderson College and worked his way through college. Dr. Hyles described meeting Brother Young during his first year in college as, “a very mild-mannered, meek, and almost timid college student.” In 1977 he was asked to join the staff of the First Baptist Church of Hammond and had the opportunity to learn firsthand from Dr. Hyles about the ministry. Dr. Young has stated that he teaches what great men have taught him.
As president, he oversees the daily operation of the college, yet he often is seen shaking hands with the students, passing out treats in the hallway, going on activities with the students, and more. Dr. Young has traveled hundreds of miles to visit students who were hospitalized.
Dr. Young is known for getting to work very early in the morning, working long hours, and getting the work of the ministry done, yet he is also known as a family man and a man who enjoys taking students on trips.
Dr. Jack Hyles stated that: “As a worker, he is tireless; as a bus leader, he is compassionate; as an assistant, he is loyal; and as a friend, he is incomparable. He is a preacher, teacher, worker, friend; he is loyal, faithful, diligent, dedicated, and caring.”