Professional Bio

M E R L E   R A Y,

Professional Strategist, Consultant, Publisher, Personal Ministry Pastor, Author & Coach


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Merle Ray is best described as a gift to the Body of Christ in ministry, and a top performer for top performers in industry. More than a coach, she is a business specialist, consultant, and strategist to for-profit large corporations, small business, non-profits, and churches. While most consultants just talk about business problems, Merle Ray specializes in hands-on services, leadership, and support that solves them. For pastors and congregations, she is a true servant leader who uses God’s best-practices to impact the hearts, minds, and lives of His people.

Merle excelled to leadership within a Texas Medical Center institution, the world’s largest medical platform, starting in the field of human capital management & HR technology before earning her first college degree. While there, she earned “Employee of the Year” and led cultural transformation in a leadership capacity while still a student. She then became a top performing “eHR” Content Management Director in a client services capacity for five years with one of Fortune’s Most Admired companies – still before earning her first degree. While there, she earned “Outstanding Employee of the Quarter” and was promoted into leadership within the Sales & Marketing division leading what became known as the company’s first successful eBusiness initiative. In 2003, she started Noble Groups, her own consulting firm, out of a desire to serve businesses, churches, and non-profits in her community. It was then that she became the first college graduate in her family, earning her Bachelors of Science from the College of Biblical Studies at the age of 40 along with her younger sister. She later earned her Master’s of Science in Leadership from Grand Canyon University in 2012. In December 2019, Merle  completed dissertation work earning her PhD in Christian Counseling from Newburgh Theological Seminary, accredited by Transworld Accrediting Commission, the same organization accrediting: the Dr. Bill Winston Living Word School of Ministry, Kenneth Copeland Bible College, Bayless Conley Cottonwood Leadership College, and Kenneth Hagin Rhema Bible Training College.

In ministry service, Dr. Ray has been honored for her work in the community ministering and serving men, women, and families in growing changing Houston congregations. She has chartered an initiative coaching women in their spiritual identity and mastering their authentic voice. Because of her dedication to churches and leaders in their successful personal, professional, and spiritual transformation, she is often called upon by pastors for consulting, training, ministering, and developing congregations in Christian discipleship and leadership.

In industry, Ms. Ray most recently served on the Executive team of a large local government agency in the United States as a Chief Human Capital Officer since 2014. There she remains employed now serving on the Enterprise Resource Planning Team. In addition to her educational achievements and honors, Dr. Ray has currently earned four professional certifications: Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute; Prosci Change Management Professional (CMP); Senior Professional in Public Management (IPMA-SCP) from the International Public Management Association; and Professional Coach Certification (PCC) from the International Coach Federation.

Dr. Ray proves that both spiritual and human capital makes dollars and “sense” to the bottom-line. As an ordained minister, in her spare time, she develops and publishes books and materials for pastors and leaders. Giving back to her community, she has provided learning and performance plans, start-up business ideas and funding strategies to small business owners and churches throughout Houston, Texas. For non-profits, she has worked as a paid consultant and donated many hours of pro-bono work by writing more than 20 winning grant proposals totaling over $2.5 million in cash for church CDCs and non-profits in their first year. She also volunteered as a federal grant reviewer for the Institute For Youth Development initiatives. To date, she has published more than 55 books for various pastors and leaders, and over 7 of her own. Outside of life-long earning and learning, she enjoys family, visioneering, and achieving goals with friends.

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