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Empowering people to become more like Jesus and impact the world through their daily lives for the advancement of the Kingdom of God


"Core Values" are the characteristics we strive toward; though, like Paul, we can say: "Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own…" (Philippians 3:12-14)

 We Know Jesus Christ and Walk with Him Daily 

Philippians 3:8-10 | John 15:4-5


We Live Spirit-Empowered Lives

Acts 1:8


We Worship God Actively

John 4:23-24 | Psalm 150:1-6

We Pray the Unseen into Reality 

Matthew 6:10 

We Do Life Together and Serve Others

1 Peter 4:10

We Give With Generous Hearts

Acts 2:42 | Hebrews 10:24-25 | 2 Corinthians 9:7-9

We Renew Our Minds

Romans 12:1-2

We Impact Our World with Kingdom Values

Matthew 13:33

We Make Disciples 

Matthew 28:19


We Focus on What is Excellent and Noble 

Philippians 4:8


Get to know the CTC Pastoral Staff

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CTC Lead Pastor

Pastor Ray and Tawni Luke's family attended Cross Timbers Church for twenty-two years before he was appointed Lead Pastor, first serving as a Deacon, an Elder, and then the Executive Pastor.

Having grown up in Muenster, Texas, Pastor Ray went on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy, later serving as a helicopter pilot and retiring as a Commander from the Naval Reserve. Before beginning his ministerial training, Pastor Ray spent twenty-seven years in the defense industry. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Texas and a Master of Theological Studies and a Doctor of Ministry from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. 

Pastor Ray is passionate about Biblical, scholarly study and bringing theological discussion into practical application for every Believer’s life and understanding, so that "Living the Kingdom on Earth" can truly become the culture in the local community and world beyond.

He and his wife, Tawni, married in 1983 and they have three children, a son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. Tawni is a Valley View High School alumna. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Texas Woman's University, in addition to completing Moody Bible Institute's one year Advanced Studies Program with a focus in Missions. She is a two-time cancer survivor and an avid 5K runner.

The Lukes have a life-long love and commitment to the spiritual growth of people in the local church, and for being co-partners with Christ in seeing His Kingdom advance and change lives through service, discipleship, intercession, and fellowship. Together, they believe in "Living the Kingdom on Earth" and letting Jesus work through them to impact the atmosphere with his love and glory.

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