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Rev. Dr. Rafael (Ray) Quiles

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 Biographical Sketch, July 2010

I was born December 14, 1950 in New York, New York.  My parents emigrated from Puerto Rico after World War II.  I was baptized, raised, and educated a Catholic.  For a time I considered the priesthood while studying at a Benedictine Seminary in Collegeville, MN.  Upon completion of required studies at St. Helena's High School, Bronx, New York, I entered Baruch College for a degree in accounting.  However, after completing only one year, I was drafted by the Army.  But instead, I enlisted into the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War era.  After serving proudly for nearly seven years in the Air Force, I entered Lee College in 1977.  (This was soon after I felt the call to go into ministry while stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines.)  From there I received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Christian Education in 1979.  Later the same year I entered the Church of God Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee.  I graduated in July 1982 with a Master of Divinity degree.

Upon graduation from the Church of God Theological Seminary I was appointed pastor of the Ayer Church of God in Ayer, Ma.  At the same time I was commissioned a 1Lt. in the USAF Reserve Chaplain Corps.  Late in 1982 and during 1983 I served as an associate pastor/school director at the Plant City Church of God in Plant City, FL. Beginning in January 1984 I was commissioned on active duty as a Navy Chaplain.

In the Navy I proudly served as chaplain from early 1984 until my retirement in 1998.  Each of these tours of duty were rewarding and fulfilling as a minister of the Gospel.  I retired from serving in the military, both in the reserves and active duty, for nearly thirty years.  I am proud to say that I wore uniforms from four branches of services:  the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps.

Since retirement in 1998 from the military, I have served as a social worker, an associate pastor, a designated pastor, pulpit supply, and an interim pastor.  I am currently the full call pastor here at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.

In 2002 I earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA.  I have served with gratefulness and joy as a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbytery of Tampa Bay, the Presbytery of Wyoming, and now the Peace River Presbytery.

My wife, Margaret, and I have been married for 41 years.  We have two grown daughters and three grandsons.  We love to travel.  Two of our favorite places are Hawaii and Italy.  I also love to spend quiet time camping and reading.