Ray Johnston has a rich and varied background as a university and graduate-school professor, speaker, writer, and founder of Thrive Communications. He is also the founding pastor of Bayside Church in the Sacramento, California suburb of Granite Bay, which Ray describes as “a church for people who don’t like church.” Bayside has grown into one of the largest churches in the nation with more than 12,000 people coming together every weekend at the main campus and thousands more in multiple affiliated churches throughout the Sacramento region.
Ray is the founder of Thriving Churches International. Each year his Thrive Leadership Conference sells out months in advance with over 4,000 leaders attending from across the country and around the world. An in-demand speaker, he has spoken to more than 4,000,000 people over the last 10 years.
Ray is a veteran of both youth and adult ministry, having crisscrossed the nation for years as a top instructor for Youth Specialties. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary, he was Chairman of the Department of Youth Ministry at North Park College and an adjunct professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Azusa Pacific University.
Mark BurnettProducer, Son of God movie
"Ray is one of our great Christian communicators. What the world needs is hope, the hope of Jesus Christ. Thank you, Ray, for helping us raise our Hope Quotient."
Luis PalauEvangelist and Author, Out of the Desert...Into the Life God Fully Intended
“I have known Ray Johnston for many years and if anyone exudes the true nature and reality of hope, it’s Ray! You see it in his walk with God, in his family life, and the life of his church. In this book, Ray reveals how enthusiasm, fresh vision, creativity, and determination all come from hope. I have no doubt the wisdom found in this book will bless many. It did me!”
Craig GroeschelSenior Pastor, LifeChurch.tv
“If you are discouraged, down, or disheartened, Ray Johnston's book The Hope Quotient is just what you need. This book will build your faith, give you strength to move forward and help you overcome the challenges before you. Sometimes all you need is a little hope.”