Rev. Raymond R. Dotts passed into the loving arms of his Savior peacefully on May 7, 2023 in the presence of his loving family at his home in Madison, CT, at the age of 88. Pastor Ray Dotts was born June 18, 1934 in Quakertown, PA, to the late Horace and Margaret Dotts. He graduated from Quakertown High School in 1952, Berean Bible School in 1955, and Muhlenberg College with a BA in 1960, after also attending Bob Jones University and Houghton College. Brother Dotts received a MBA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 1977.
He was an ordained minister in the Bible Fellowship Church, serving in numerous roles at the Berean Bible School in Allentown, PA, and Pinebrook Junior College. He pastored at BFC Miller Heights PA, and served on several denominational committees. He founded the Pinebrook Educational Foundation and was a key member of the board from its establishment in October 1994 until February 2023, including serving as Chairman of the Board for 24 years. In 1976, Brother Dotts became the founding pastor of BFC Camden, DE, serving variously as Senior Pastor, Interim Pastor, and Elder.
During his 45 years of ministry at BFC Camden, Brother Dotts also mentored at the North Dover Elementary School for 24 years. He and his wife Mary were integral members of the BFC Camden church family for 45 years before they retired to Madison at the end of June 2022, where they lived almost a year before his passing.
Brother Dotts grew up in Quakertown, PA, where he became a member of Grace BFC. He also lived in Hatfield, Bethlehem, and Allentown, PA, before moving to Lookout Mountain GA, working as Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. After moving to Delaware in 1972, Brother Dotts served as the Financial Officer at Delaware Technical and Community College in Dover, DE, for 23 years.
As a young man, Brother Dotts worked several jobs, including Dieterly Brothers Furniture in Quakertown, PA. Those jobs provided skills and influenced his many lifetime hobbies and interests, including woodworking, gardening, cutting firewood, browsing flea markets, telling jokes, and exercising his “black belt” in grocery shopping.
Brother Dotts loved nothing more than his Lord and his family. He was a servant of the Lord and devoted his life, alongside his wife Mary, to serving the Lord Jesus Christ and spreading His word. He touched countless lives and inspired many to find the Lord Jesus as their Savior and Redeemer. He taught, led, and was an example of God’s enduring grace and love to all. While the above predominately is an edited version of the obituary written by Brother Dotts’ family, I want to add a few personal notes. I came to know Brother Ray at the end of 2013 when my wife and I visited BFC Camden to get a personal look at the church, knowing that they were in a pastoral search at the time. God the Holy Spirit led us to visit on a Sunday that included a business meeting and Fellowship Lunch – both of which were incredibly valuable to me.
Sitting across the table from Brother Ray serving as an Elder then, he looked at me and said, as only Brother Ray could, “So, you want to preach here sometime?” To which I replied, “Yes, I would.” The rest is history – well, no, actually it isn’t. Brother Ray proved on many, many occasions his love and commitment to the Lord. I could have asked for no better ally in ministry than Ray Dotts. His godly counsel averted some sticky situations. I consider it an honor to have called him my friend.
remembrance by Pastor Dan Wagner, pastor of Bible Fellowship Church in Camden, DE