A LaGrange native who has been a pastor, missionary, church planter and more recently an author will be in the county for two book signings on Saturday, Oct. 5. Ray Bachman was born in LaGrange and grew up here, graduating from LaGrange High School.
His education includes degrees from Taylor University in Upland and from the Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He has also studied at the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies in Israel.
In his book, The King and I, Bachman chronicles his life in its spiritual dimensions. His autobiographical account focuses on his early years on Hawpatch Street, remembrances of school years and the influence of his active participation in the LaGrange Methodist Church. A highlight of the book is the chapter detailing his coming to faith in Jesus Christ while serving in the U.S. Army. The remainder of the book describes his life with Jesus as King through more than 50 years of ministry.
Bachman is desirous of meeting old friends and making new ones on October 5 during book signing events at the Howe Farmers Market on the town square from 8-11 a.m. and at My Father's Business, 107 S. Detroit Street in LaGrange, from 1-4 p.m.
Bachman, who has served in both the United Methodist and Missionary Church denominations, has penned six other books which will also be available. His latest, just released in August is Drastic Discipleship, a Bible study in the book of Acts. He also has two books on Bible prophecy and two devotional books.
He is married to the former Jeanne Fuller, also of LaGrange. She is an artist and will have for sale her notecards featuring prints of her artwork.
While in town, the Bachmans will also be greeting friends at the 8:30 a.m. service on Sunday at the First United Methodist Church and at the 11:30 a.m. service at Iglesia Estrella de la Manana in Plato. Bachman helped establish the Hispanic congregation.
The Bachmans now reside in Mountain Home, Ark. They also spend time in Florida where they are active at Avon Park Holiness Camp and the Highlands Community Church in Sebring.