Raymond L. Madison Jr. was born to Raymond and Jewel Madison and raised in Philadelphia, PA where he received his early educational and spiritual foundation. During these early years he held many offices in the Philadelphia (ZION) tabernacle to include Altar Boy, Shepherd Boy, and local trustee. It was the teachings from this great tabernacle and experience from these positions that initially trained him on how to serve God’s people with quality and care. Elder Madison was educated in the Philadelphia Public School system, and afterwards moved to Boston, MA for higher education. While in Boston he attended Bentley University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management, and a minor in Corporate Communications.
On April 13, 2014, he was ordained to the ministry by Rabbi Jehu A. Crowdy Jr., GFA and sent back to his home tabernacle in Philadelphia to begin his ministerial journey. In August of 2018, Elder Madison was appointed as the Associate Minister to the congregation in Atlantic City, NJ. It was here that his passion for service was strengthened from supporting the worthy endeavors of a small yet faithful congregation.
On September 6, 2021, Elder Madison was appointed as Local Pastor of First Tabernacle Beth-El, Atlanta GA, known as “The Jewel”, by Chief Rabbi Phillip E. McNeil, GFA. With the Lord as his hope and guide, it is here that he desires to leverage his personal, professional, and religious experiences to collectively foster the organization’s mission with the Atlanta members—growing in love, unity, and spirit.
Currently he also serves as the Assistant to the District Evangelist of the Southern District #4, Vice President of the Howard Zebulun Plummer Ministers Conference, and is a member of Phoenix Lodge No. 3 of the MWPHGL of Pennsylvania serving as Chaplain.
Elder Madison enjoys having a balanced life to include the pleasures of spending time with family and friends, fishing, cooking, and playing golf. His favorite scripture can be found in Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.”