Ray Cortese, Pastor: Holy Ambition

On this episode our guest is Ray Cortese, the self-professed "unspiritual" pastor who has spent over 40 years at the same small town church in Florida. Ray shares his own story of his life and call to ministry, and through it offers a candid testimony to all of us about the power of God to transform human ambition for His own purposes.

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On this episode our guest is Ray Cortese, the self-professed “unspiritual” pastor who has spent over 40 years at the same small town church in Florida. Ray shares his own story of his life and call to ministry, and through it offers a candid testimony to all of us about the power of God to transform human ambition for His own purposes. Whether you are a minister, church worker, or have ever struggled to know the right role of godly ambition in your own work, this is a great episode for you!

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