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J. Ray Houser (1897-1981) was a Lutheran pastor, and President of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in Waterloo, Ontario. Houser was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gettysburg College in 1921 and from Mount Airy Theological Seminary in 1924. He was ordained by the Pittsburgh Synod of the Lutheran Church in America in 1924. From 1924 to 1926 he served a Teaching Fellow at Mount Airy Theological Seminary. In 1927 Houser received an MA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Houser served as pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania from 1928 to 1954. He was named President of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in 1954, and held the position until 1968. During this time, Houser was a Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Area Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. After leaving Waterloo Lutheran Seminary he was pastor at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Quiggleville, Pennsylvania until his retirement in 1974. Houser and his family returned to the Waterloo region, where he lived until his death in 1981.
In 1967 Queen Elizabeth II presented J. Ray Houser with the Centennial Medal.