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Rev. Raymond A. Smith
  • 48, Male
  • Ortonville, Minnesota

Rev. Raymond A. Smith's Friends

  • Loren and Gloria Koopman
  • Gene White
  • Melissa DeGroot
  • Rev. Joshua Schneider
  • Craig Johansen
  • Tony Verkinnes
  • Todd Wilken
  • Rev. Benjamin D. Pollock
  • Rev. David R. Emmons
  • Donald Klatt
  • Rev. Jonathon Krenz
  • Pr. Scott Klemsz
  • Rev. Jacob Sutton
  • Teresa
  • Rev. Thomas Winter

Rev. Raymond A. Smith's Groups


The Friar's Place

Latest Activity

Rev. Richard Mittelstadt left a comment for Rev. Raymond A. Smith
"God's Blessings to you on this the day of your birth!"
Jan 30, 2013
Loren and Gloria Koopman and Rev. Raymond A. Smith are now friends
Feb 11, 2009
Rev. Raymond A. Smith joined john t. pless's group
Feb 10, 2009
Rev. Raymond A. Smith joined Rev. Lovejoy's group


OOPS - mistakes were made and the old group got deleted, but we're back - still irate over the direction that the LCMS has taken. Lets pick up where we left off - and apologies to all for erasing this board - LovejoySee More
Feb 10, 2009
Rev. Raymond A. Smith joined Rev. Craig Donofrio's group

Pirate Christian Radio

Welcome to the Pirate Christian Radio Group. A place where you can ask questions and get information. Let's have at it.<---- Check out the new PCR FJ Cruiser, it just arrived - we especially love the praying skeleton.See More
Feb 10, 2009
Rev. Raymond A. Smith left a comment for Loren and Gloria Koopman
"Loren and Gloria, Thanks so much for thinking of me on my birthday. I have now added you guys as friends! Take care and see you Sunday. Blessings, Pastor"
Feb 10, 2009
Rev. Raymond A. Smith left a comment for Tom Shepherd
"Thanks for the birthday wish! It brightened my day. Blessings, Ray"
Feb 10, 2009
Loren and Gloria Koopman left a comment for Rev. Raymond A. Smith
"Happy birthday, Pastor!"
Jan 30, 2009

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Tell us about yourself ( e.g. hobbies, education, projects you are working on, etc.). What brings you to the Wittenberg Trail?
I am Pastor Raymond A. Smith and I serve the LORD'S people at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville, MN. To find Ortonville on the map go to extreme west-central Minnesota where the "elbow" juts westward into South Dakota, there you will find tiny, but beautiful Ortonville at the southern end of Big Stone Lake, the head waters for the Minnesota River.

I am joyfully married to the most wonderful woman in the world, Linda, for 19 years this year. We have two great kids, Jason a Minnestoda National Guard volunteer, and Bonnie-Joy a sophomore. We also have two dogs - Lucy and Sally (yes, we are Peanuts fans!).

I have been a life-long LCMS Lutheran (Baptized 3.3.68 and Confirmed 5.16.82 and Ordained 6.4.06 all at Emmaus Lutheran Church and School Indianapolis)

Proud graduate of THE (like the college players say it!) Concordia Theological Seminary class of '06

I am here because Rev. Paul McCain told me to be here!

My nickname is The Friar
I am a...
Lutheran pastor

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Comment Wall (15 comments)

At 6:00pm on January 6, 2008, Kari said…
Yeah, I met you at the study group! I'm not from his church, though. Hope to see you at the next one on the 20th!
At 7:43pm on January 17, 2008, Pr. Scott Klemsz said…
Ray, great to hear from you. It was nice to see you as part of this group. After 10 years at the seminary I'm loving the parish. The kids have made the adjustment and Susie is busy with various church activities. Pray that you and your family are doing well. Stay in touch. Would love to chat sometime. Pax, Scott
At 6:06pm on January 24, 2008, Rev. Jonathon Krenz said…
Hey Ray. Great to hear from you! I was planning on going to the Symposia, but my wife is in her last few weeks of pregnancy and on bed rest. She and baby are fine, but I couldn't leave her. I pray that all is going well with you and your family.
At 7:11am on January 25, 2008, Rev. Jonathon Krenz said…
Thanks for the prayers, Ray. Glad to hear things are well in Minnesota. Are you anywhere near Chris Davis? If you see him, say hello from me. I'm in Dorr, Michigan. The Lord has blessed me with this congregation. We're having a great time. Here's hoping we'll see you at the next Symposia. The Lord be with you.
At 6:35am on January 30, 2008, Donald Klatt said…
Ray, I am not sure. It sounded as if most of them were going to use vespers though. Rob, Dennis, Thaine, you and myself, and I believe Odessa have the LSB. Correll has LW and Shible has TLH. I didn't really answer your question, but hope that helps.
At 3:54pm on January 30, 2008, Teresa said…
Hello, Pastor Smith. It was nice seeing you and your wife earlier in January. Wish we had more time to get to know each other. Although, maybe you've already had plenty of time to get to know Don and would rather not pursue it farther than you have to. :-)
At 6:41pm on February 24, 2008, Kari said…
Friar Smith,
You've sure been quiet lately. Hope your winter is going great. Are you in any discussions on the trail? Please try come to Zion-Alex for our passion drama on Palm Sunday, 2-5, or Tues, 5:30-8:00. It's a 15 minute walk through. We're praying for good weather. It's so early this year. go to for more info.
Blessings, Kari
At 8:21am on March 26, 2008, Rev. Jacob Sutton said…
Thanks Ray - nice to hear from you too!
Say hello to the family - glad to know you all are doing well.
At 7:49pm on October 24, 2008, Craig Johansen said…
Is that pic CTS chapel?
At 5:07pm on October 25, 2008, Kari said…
Thanks for coming to the CLCC Conference! Sorry you had to leave the Free Conference early today. Hope your headaches better. You missed some good speakers.

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