Rev. Ray D. Hatton joined the staff of the First Baptist Church of Memphis, Tennessee in 1986, after serving several churches in Texas, his home state. A native of Beaumont, he is a graduate of Lamar University there. He received the Master of Arts degree in English from The University of Texas at Austin, and the Master of Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Rev. Hatton is an accomplished pianist and organist, and served as accompanist for the Singing Men of Texas for fifteen years. He is also a composer, with choral and keyboard compositions published by several sacred music publishers. Active in Baptist life, he has served as president of the Tennessee Baptist Church Music Conference and president of the Southwestern Seminary Music Alumni Association. He was Host when the Baptist Church Music Conference met in Memphis in 2002, and has served as Vice President of that organization.
Ray is also involved in ecumenical ministry within the wider community. He has served on the Lenten Preaching Series Committee at Calvary Episcopal. He was a founding director of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association’s Barrier Breaker Chorus. He is a regular retreatant at the Abbey of Gethsemani, a Trappist monastery in Kentucky.
serving as Minister of Music here for over 28 years, in 2015 Ray began a
transition toward retirement by accepting a new part-time position with the
church, Minister of Administration and Senior Adults. He is excited about
continuing his ministry here in this new direction.
Besides being an unabashed eBay shopper and collector of sacred art, Ray has the unusual hobby of building small scale paper models of the great cathedrals of the world. Rev. Hatton is married to Trudy Grant Hatton. They have two grown children; Grant (married to Kelly) and Holly (married to James), a grandson, Dylan,
and two granddaughters, Janie and Rayna Ernie.