Ray Still could have been an executive in the hospitality industry. He could have stayed in Houston, continued his work in a thriving church, and had perfect season tickets and attendance at Astro’s home games.
Ray Still, however, has a calling that has led him to his profession and, luckily for us, to New Braunfels. Because of the impact he continues to have on our community, the Braunfels Foundation Trust recognizes him as a living legend of New Braunfels.
Ray Burton Still was born in Houston. Her father, Ross, was a World War II veteran who worked for the railroad. His mother, Nedra, led their loving Christian home and raised her six children in church. The baby of the family, Ray attended high school at Broadway Baptist School where he played basketball and was a team captain. More importantly, Ray would meet his high school girlfriend and wife of 42 years, Sandra Pullen, on Broadway. Shortly after graduation, Ray and Sandra got married, and Ray enrolled in San Jacinto Junior College. He also got a part-time job at the upscale Adam’s Mark hotel. Adam’s Mark experience nearly led Ray into the hospitality business, but God had other plans.
A few years later, while taking classes at the University of Houston, Ray became assistant pastor and then senior pastor at Broadway Baptist Church. One day he received a call for a job interview as a pastor at a fledgling church in New Braunfels. He was not initially inclined to interview for the job at Oakwood Baptist Church. Pastor Ray was very happy on Broadway. It was a big church with great people, and Ray and Sandra’s families lived in Houston. He has been involved in Rotary and many other organizations. The idea of moving to the small town of New Braunfels to a church with about 140 worshipers just didn’t seem like the right move. The Stills, however, agreed to come to New Braunfels for an interview. It wasn’t until Search Committee member and 2022 living legend Bill Morton shared the vision of what Oakwood could be that Ray answered the call, accepted the job, and moved to New Braunfels.
Pastor Ray has been in Oakwood for nearly thirty years, and during that time and through his leadership, the Church has grown both in congregations and in outreach. He established a counseling center that handles over 3,000 sessions per year in Oakwood, New Braunfels and surrounding communities. Oakwood’s Heart of Hope Christmas Program provides families in our community with dinner, coats, grocery bags and gifts for the children.
Pastor Ray was a trustee on the board of McKenna Hospital and a founding member of the McKenna Foundation Trust. He has served on the boards of Christus Santa Rosa Systems, Howard Payne University, New Braunfels Christian Ministries, and Houston Baptist University.
In 2008, he led efforts to establish New Braunfels Christian Ministries and its medical clinic volunteers. The clinic, which partners with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital in New Braunfels and Resolute Health Hospital of the Baptist Health System, provides quality medical and dental care free of charge to local uninsured residents of New Braunfels and the county. of Comal.
The Braunfels Foundation Trust is not the first to recognize Ray Still’s contributions to his community. In 2018, he received the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio Spirit of Health Award which is given annually to an organization or individual who has had a significant impact on community health. Pastor Ray was honored for his leadership in efforts that resulted in the daily provision of healthy snacks and meals to more than 250 underprivileged elementary school students through the Kids’ Club program, for advocating for the Kids’ Club Garden which provides fresh produce for the children’ Club meals, families of students and patients of Bénévoles en Médecine. He started the New Braunfels Christian Ministries Harvest Food Pantry to provide groceries to families of school-aged children.
A supporter of Communities in Schools, Pastor Ray has participated in Dining with the Stars events for many years.
Ray Still has also led our city as Chair of the 2013 Bond Advisory Committee, 2019 Bond Advisory Committee and currently Chair of the 2023 Bond Advisory Committee.
In 2020, Pastor Ray was announced at the 101st Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Banquet as the recipient of the Besserung Award, outstanding civic recognition for distinguished himself while volunteering his time, talent and expertise during of these bond issuance efforts. He also received the 2018 Chamber Board Chairman’s Award in the area of community development.
Ray and Sandra have a son, Mitchell, and a stepdaughter, Alicia. Ray Still practices what he preaches on Sunday mornings and for this The Braunfels Foundation Trust gives thanks to the Lord on behalf of a grateful community.
The Braunfels Foundation Trust celebrates the living legends of New Braunfels at an Oct. 3 luncheon at the McKenna Center. Tickets are available at https://2022nblegends.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Debbie Meek at email@example.com or 830-708-2906.