Ray Sanders is recognized as a passionate leader of leaders, a white-board aficionado and an innovative growth strategist with a heart for purpose-driven cultures and values-based leadership development.
As a CEO, he has grown multi-million-dollar organizations, led an award-winning financial institution, served in a nonpartisan role with the United States Senate and pioneered international efforts to bring clean water to remote regions of the world.
He is a co-founder of Edify Leaders, a globally-focused organizationpassionate about inspiring and mobilizing leaders who use their influence to impact the world for good.
As an impassioned communicator, Sanders has been the editor in chief of an award-winning weekly news journal, the host and producer of prizewinning radio and TV programs. He is the author of, Pondering the Parables, a reading experience that takes leaders on an insightful journey with the greatest leader to ever live. Sanders frequently shares insights, photos, stories, and experiences from his faith, family and world travels at raysanders.com
Nothing thrills Ray more than spending time traveling with the love of his life, his girlfriend and wife, Stephanie. Together they have six children and six grandchildren.
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The Prodigal Father – A journey of 35 miles in 35 years
From the very beginning, Ray Sanders has been a survivor. As an unborn child, his teenage mother became pregnant out of wedlock and made the brave decision to give him a chance at life. As a teenager, he was held at gunpoint, shot at and narrowly escaped being run over by a vehicle driven by a madman, his alcohol-abusing father. Despite growing up in domestic violence, enduring bar fights and narrowly evading alcohol and drug abuse, Ray found hope and a future among a group of friends and leaders who loved him for who he was and forever changed the direction of his life. His is a story of hardship and pain but also one of hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation that took him on a miraculous 35-mile healing journey that took him 35 years to complete.