In August of 2005, Raymond Rizzo visited the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway to present the invocation for the NASCAR Elite Southeast Series race. Little did he know at that point, that this was his first step into motor sports ministry.
Raymond, now heading into his tenth year of motor sports ministry, serving Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA), AMA Pro Flat Track racing motorcycles, and MotoAmerica (formerly AMA Pro Road Racing) road racing motorcycles. Raymond is married to his lovely wife of 35 years, Lois.
The unique world of motor sports isn’t Raymond’s first foray into ministry. Raymond previously pastored a church in Plymouth, PA and has been involved in various para-church ministries since 1982.
Raymond was also the Road Manager for gospel singer John Starnes for 3 1/2 years. With John Starnes, Raymond had the opportunity to travel the world while ministering to thousands of people worldwide.
Raymond, who holds a double major in Bible and Pastoral Ministry, has a deep passion to encourage people to explore why they believe what they believe. (1 Peter 3:15)