The Reverend Dr Ray Williamson is an Anglican priest, a graduate of Sydney and Newcastle universities, and has been a theological teacher throughout his ordained ministry. He served as the General Secretary of the NSW Ecumenical Council for twenty-one years, during which time he also acted as the secretary to two national ecumenical commissions. In 1997, he was a co-founder of and continues to work with the Centre for Ecumenical Studies. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2008 for his ecumenical work. Ray is married to Erica Mathieson, and has two daughters and two grandsons.