A prominent Memphis pastor is the center of a series of negative events surrounding his wife Deborah and her family, which include being accused of attempting to run his wife over with a Bentley.
By: A.J. Niles
New Salem Missionary Baptist Pastor Frank Ray is immersed in a divorce from his current wife, Deborah, that is becoming a bit of a spectacle. In addition to his wife’s family being apart of an altercation at the church one Sunday in December 2011, Pastor Frank Ray is being accused of attempting to run over his wife in his 11-year old Bentley.
According to WREG-TV in Memphis, Tenn.,
Deborah told police that her husband was upset that she was driving his Bentley when he wasn’t around. She told police that Ray drove his Bentley towards her in an intimidating manner. Deborah was not hit by the car.
Pastor Ray says that isn’t what happened.”I drove my Land Cruiser to the house parked it and got in the Bentley. My wife came to the door, spoke to me. I pull off with the Bentley she took pictures while I was pulling off.”
Pastor Ray was pulled over a short time later and apprehended. However, Deborah would not cooperate with authorities and the pastor was released.
During an interview with WREG-TV, Pastor Ray denies the allegations.
“I actually love my wife and I have so much respect for her. I would never do that. I went and picked up the car she was standing at the door. She never came outside the house. I picked up the car and left. She didn’t want me to get the car and here again emotional problems a person is going to lash out.”