Ray Evans Seminar & Library
Ray Evans was a minister, missionary, scholar, and teacher. He preached at University
Church of Christ which later merged with Central Church of Christ to form Alameda
Church of Christ. Working diligently with college students, Ray believed teaching
God’s word would encourage the next generation of teachers to dig deeper and reach
farther. Ray had a master’s degree in Old Testament Studies, was working on his PhD in
Communications, was a preaching minister, and a missionary in The Hague, Netherlands,
but his passion was teaching. He joined the Preston Road School of Preaching as a
professor to share his experience and encourage the next generation of preaching
ministers. His students experienced great loss when Ray and three of his colleagues were
killed in a plane crash on February 22, 1979.
This seminar and the Ray Evans Library at Alameda are memorials of his passion for
teaching and encouraging students of the Bible. Those who are searching will find
answers they seek, and Ray wanted to share his appetite for the Bible with those around
him. His wife, JoAnn Belknap, has continued to remember his diligence and shares it with
others in this annual Bible seminar.
Every year, a Bible scholar comes to Alameda to share his area of Biblical knowledge in
celebration of Ray Evans’ dedication. His legacy lives on in the loved ones he left behind
who share with us his hunger for teaching and learning together in the family of Christ.