Writings and Christian Artwork by Ray and Gail Keffer

The Cross Ray and Gail’s background is fairly well established in the Presbyterian Church, USA. However, they feel that their mission is to reach out to all who love our Lord and to help tell the Good News of Christ's sacrifice so that others may also have eternal life. Their prayer is that all will be able to use our works to the glory of God regardless of denomination.

Ray joined Wilson Presbyterian Church in Clairton, PA as a youth. Ray's educational background includes both a B.S. and M. Ed. from Slippery Rock University with majors in Social Studies, History and Speech. He also has his DEd. from Penn State University with an emphasis in Economics. He has taught in several schools and colleges. The first couple years were spent in the Bensalem Schools, northeast of Philadelphia. Then we moved and he taught at New Castle Area Schools until his retirement. He has taught at Slippery Rock University and Penn State University part time in the classroom as well as supervising student teachers. Ray was the editor of a book called Lawrence County's Finest, a tribute to those who served in World War II from Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. Ray served for some time as the Education Editor for the New Castle News and had several projects including a reading program for elementary age students, and a scholarship program for graduating honors students. Ray served as the founder and chief executive office for the founding of the Lawrence County Learning Center after he finished teaching in the public schools. Ray served in New Wilmington as a council member for 24 years and that included president of the state organization, PSAB. He served with pride in the United Sates Army.

Gail joined Mars United Presbyterian Church in Mars, PA as a youth. During her youth she served as treasurer for the entire Sunday School Department and was on the youth committee for the Allegheny Presbytery of the United Presbyterian Church. Gail's education background includes both a B. S. and M. Ed. from Slippery Rock University with undergraduate majors in English and Social Studies. And graduate work in American Poetry. She has done additional work at Penn State University and Grove City College where she completed her certification in Business. She taught at Evans City High School (now Seneca Valley) before they were married and then at Pennsbury Schools northeast of Philadelphia and Mohawk Area Schools in Bessemer, PA.

In additional to teaching, she has owned a needlework design business and published 36 leaflets of counted cross stitch, drawn thread and pulled thread. She taught the old needle arts across the United States. She started a store in 1988 called The Amish Peddler which sold Amish made furniture and other gifts. She sold it after 19 years and now devotes her time to family and church. She also helps at times with their son's business, Keffer Development Services, which specializes in custom software for Athletic Trainers.

After their marriage they moved to New Castle, PA and then New Wilmington where they are still active members in the community and their church.

Ray served as Trustee, Deacon, and Elder as well as chairman of several activities over the years.

Gail has served as an Elder and been active in mission work. She has served as a camper, counselor, and song leader at church camp. Both Ray and Gail enjoyed writing for many years and Gail hopes to continue this avenue.

They have one son, Rhett, who with his wife, Dana, live in Grove City Pennsylvania with their three sons, Rhett, Jr. (Brittany), Ross, and Riley (Alexus). All of their family is active and members of the Tower Presbyterian Church in Grove City, Pennsylvania.

Ray went to be with his Lord on October 21, 2011. Gail continues to write and put some of Ray's work that he did while he was on this earth on their web site. Both of them had hoped this web site could serve as a witness to the Amazing Grace of their Lord and Savior.


We hope you will find our work useful to you in your work to further God's Word through our efforts.
Working together, we can change the hearts of people. Thank you for taking time to share with us.

Ray and Gail