Reverend I. Ray Kline

  • Born: June 2, 1947
  • Died: January 6, 2018
  • Location: Palmyra, Pennsylvania

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Rev. I. Ray Kline, 70, of Palmyra passed away with his family by his side at his home Saturday morning January 6, 2018. Ray was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer on December 24, 2015. He served the Lord and the Community up until his passing. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
Born in Lewisburg, PA on June 2, 1947, he was the son of Ira R. Kline and the late Doris M. Erb Kline. Ray was the beloved husband of Linda L. Thomas Kline who would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this coming May 25th.

Ray graduated from Milton High School in 1965. While in high school at the age of 16 he began his ministry and assisted in his local church in West Milton. Ray earned a BA in Business from Bloomsburg College in 1969.

Ray and Linda were blessed with their first child, Beth in 1969. Ray's love of service to God and spreading God's word was utmost important to him. In 1971, Ray founded Faith Fellowship Church in Lebanon, PA. The first church opened their doors on South 6th Street. In 1972, their second child, Ira was born. He was ordained in the United Pentecostal Church in 1973 in West Grove, PA. Faith Fellowship continued to grow and God blessed them that in 1974 they moved to the Retired Steel Workers Hall on Chestnut Street in Lebanon. As the church continued to grow, Pastor Kline and the congregation were able to purchase land on the Northside of South 5th Avenue and Klein Avenue in Lebanon. The new building opened their doors and the church continued to flourish under Pastor I. Ray Kline's leadership. In 1984 the Lord blessed the congregation and they purchased the present location at 721 East Penn Avenue in Cleona. The church has gone through 2 remodeling phases while in Cleona. His leadership has been blessed and the church has a full outreach of programs that remain in effect today and continues to expand. The outreach programs include Children and Youth Ministry, Sunday Celebration, complete family outreach, prison ministry serving Lebanon and Dauphin counties, ministry to 6 nursing homes, Step into Life ministries which focuses on helping families adjust from prison life to a fulfilling member of society along with many more ministries. Pastor Kline remained the Senior Pastor of Faith Fellowship Church until going home to the Lord this past Saturday. During his 47 years in the ministry, both Ray and his staff have mentored numerous preachers and teachers, many which are still serving the Lord throughout the country.

Ray became a successful businessman during his life. His first job was with Keystone Drugstore in Milton, PA which in a short time in 1969 he became the Director of Purchasing and Merchandising. Ray became the store manager and purchasing agent for Gateway Pharmacy, Phoenixville, PA in 1976. He was able to form a partnership with Steven M. Craner and the two of them purchased Springford Pharmacy in 1978. They became known as S-Ford Partners. After 4 years of planning in 1990, S-Ford Partners opened Birdsboro Pharmacy.

Pastor Kline held several district offices for the United Pentecostal Church in the past 47 years. He was the Youth Secretary/Treasurer for Pennsylvania and also the District Secretary/Treasurer for the Sunday School Department in Pennsylvania. He later became the District Secretary/Treasurer for the Home Missions Department of Pennsylvania and finally held the position of Secretary/Treasurer for the General District for the State of Pennsylvania United Pentecostal Church.

Ray's philosophy of "don't judge a book by its cover" showed in his commitment of serving God and his compassion for others. His family became first in his life and he stressed the importance of education to all of them. Ray earned his Private Pilot license earlier in his life and proudly had ownership of a Cessna 182 and 340 Alpha. He loved to travel with Linda, often in their RV, especially to her home state of Florida. They have toured the entire Holy Land, traveled to Hong Kong, Egypt, China, Philippines, Europe and the majority of the U.S., including Hawaii. He loved to Deep Sea Fish, especially in the Indian River Inlet in Delaware.

Ray will be dearly missed by his loving family; his father, Ira R. of Milton, PA; his wife, Linda L. Thomas Kline; daughter, Linda Beth, wife of Howard A. Lerch of Annville and his son, Ira Ray, Jr., husband of Christina D. Roh Kline of Hummelstown. Ray's grandchildren were his world and he was known to say that if "He knew Grandchildren were this fun, he would have had them first!" He leaves behind his grandchildren to carry on his legacy, Ira Ray Kline, III, Jacob E., husband of Paige Moyer Kline, Harrison C. Lerch, Cora E. Lerch and Rebecca D. Kline. Ray is also survived by his sisters, Evelyn, wife of Robert Pistone of Yuma, AZ, Peggy Thornton of Hattiesburg, MS and Sharon, wife of Rev. David Puckett of Williston, ND; brothers, Wayne, husband of Mary Kline of Dove Creek, CO and Barry Kline of Tacoma, WA; 14 nieces and nephews, 30 great nieces and nephews and 9 great great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend Ray's Funeral Services on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 11AM from the Faith Fellowship Church, 721 East Penn Avenue, Cleona, PA. Friends will be received at the church on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 4 to 7PM and on Friday from 9 to 11AM. Interment will be held in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Palmyra. Memorial Remembrances may be made in Pastor Kline's memory to Faith Fellowship Church to continue his work in ministry. For other information please call 717-272-4634 or to submit an online condolence visit Arrangements have been entrusted to Porterfield-Scheid Funeral Directors & Cremation Services, Ltd., Lebanon, PA.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Taking more time today than usual to remember my Pastor. Thank you Pastor Kline for all you have done and continue to do in my life.
Brother Hicks

Posted by Kerry Hicks - Robesonia, PA - Brother   January 05, 2020

Such a big loss. Pastor Kline became a true pastor to my family. Over the years he also became my mentor. He had a great business acumen and ability to connect with people. Thank you for everything you've done, thank you for example you served, thank you for kindness and love you showed.

Posted by Tony Troussov - Minneapolis, MN - Student   September 17, 2018

My deepest sympathies. Faith Fellowship was the first church I visited after coming to the Lord and Pastor Kline was my first Pastor. They became my first family in Christ. I've since moved to Florida but they will always be my home church. He will surely be missed, til we meet again.

Posted by Evelyn Caraballo - Palm Bay, FL - Friend   January 20, 2018

Sorry sister Kline not sure if u remember me or not my names was Sandy Williams I pray for your family that god Comforts you through this time

Posted by Sandy Rice - Hinton, OK - Friend   January 13, 2018

ira our deepest sympathy to you and your family

Posted by Heath Berger - Wernersville, PA - Friend   January 12, 2018

We Love you sister Kline now pastor is with my mom and brother sisco and so many others, may the holy spirit give you peace and comfort

Posted by Maria Torres - Orlando, FL - Friend   January 11, 2018


So many greaat memories with this beloved man of God... I will miss you... You great words of wisdom. wanting us to figure out some things for ourself... from you preaching to us every sunday to you marrying me and my husband.. to you dedicating our children to the Jesus.... to hospital visit late night conversations... to you giving me my very first airplane ride before we left for Texas... Babysitting Beth and Ira... to becoming friends with both of them... i love you and miss you and wish love and strength for a great man and his family... you have a great legacy and was great to have you as my pastor for so many years... from south sixth street to the steele workers hall wihich we will never forget... to building our church on 897 near klein ave... to out present location... may God Bless the entire family and all the members of Faith Fellowship Church.....

Posted by charles and Laurie Brandt - Lebanon, PA   January 11, 2018


We feel honored to had the opportunity to have known him,and to be ministered by him.His words of encouragement and wisdom we carry with us in our hearts.He did fight the good fight,he did finish the race,and he did keep the faith,and he taught us that we shall do the same.He touched many lives and many hearts,and was loved by all who knew him.He was a true man of God,and will be missed dearly.Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,May God comfort you and keep you in all the days to come. Scott & Sheila Slade

Posted by Scott & Sheila Slade - ANNVILLE, PA - friend   January 11, 2018


It has been such an honor to have known you for the last 24 years. Until we all meet again...may you rest in peace and may the Lord give your family peace and strength.

Posted by Terri Rodriguez - lebanon, PA - Friend   January 11, 2018

Rev Kline will be greatly missed. He was a great man. I remember him from my childhood going to church every week. Prayers for his family and the church.

Posted by Sherri Dunlap (Davis) - Lebanon, PA - Friend   January 11, 2018


I grew up in the same neighborhood as Ray on Cherry St. In Milton, PA. His parents home was next door to my grandparents. Ray was in the same class as my sister Gail MHS Class of 1965. His brother Wayne was in my class. A lot of good memories we had in that neighboorhood and our school years together. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Posted by Darlene (Bruch) Lyons - Milton, PA - Friend   January 10, 2018

The True Shepherd....
I woke up the other night and immediately the thought was there... he's gone. But I heard God's precious voice say, Do not say that he is gone, rather say, he is no longer with us. He will never be gone. We see him in every corner of our lives; in his fervent smile, in the lives he's touched, the difference that he made forever by his kindness and compassion. He counseled us, loved us, consoled us and encouraged us. He married our children, and dedicated our grandchildren. He rescued us, and showed us the truth, the way, and the joy of life. He taught us and led us as only a true shepherd can. His smile and presence will radiate always....He can never be gone. Our love and prayers to all of the family. We will so miss you our dear Pastor and friend! Marty and Mike

Posted by Marty and Michael Barth - Wernersville, PA - Friend   January 10, 2018

Ray you were the best little brother any sister could have ever wanted. I know others will never believe this because I was only two years and two months old when you were born but I must have really loved you even then because I remember wanting your bottle of milk. I remember you in my crib in that great big living room at the farmhouse. I tried to take the bottle from you and you must have sucked on to it pretty hard and the milk was every where. God must have had his hand on you even back then because I went to the kitchen and got mom. All I remember after that was her telling me the bottle of milk was yours now. I must have been really scared to still remember that. I remember us shalling walnuts on that front porch together. I remember walking you to your class the first day at Grant School when we moved to Milton. I remember you wrestling. I never missed a match at home or away until after I graduated. I remember the day I saw you in the hallway experiencing an allergic reaction to the drug trilafon. I remember you being admitted to ICU at Geisinger I was so frightened. I certainly remember all the times you ran interference when our parents were far too controlling. You always had my back. Even through adulthood you were the best brother anyone could ever want. You will never be forgotten.

Posted by Evie Pistone - AZ - Family   January 09, 2018

Sorry to hear he died. Our condolences to the family.

Posted by stan noll - Rhinebeck, NY   January 09, 2018

This amazing, wonderful man of God impacted our lives and our walk with God in a way that no words can explain. When God led us to Faith Fellowship 6 years ago, little did we know how are lives would be so enriched by Pastor Kline. There is a special angel in heaven now-we will meet there in eternity. Love, Chris & Julie Moore

Posted by Chris & Julie Moore - Lebanon, PA - Family Friend   January 09, 2018

I attended this church for 6 years RIP pastor kline

I attended this church for 6 years RIP pastor kline surely will be missed

Posted by Doreen Del valle - Bronx, NY - Family   January 09, 2018

My sincere condolences to you and your family and all who knew Pastor Kline. What a mighty man of God. May we all be strong for one another. Pastor you will be missed but forever in our hearts. Thank you for all the lessons you taught.

Posted by Maria Hardy - LeBron, PA - Family Friend   January 08, 2018

Thank you, dear Pastor Kline for everything. I will miss you. Rest in Peace

Posted by Adriana Vargas - Lebanon, PA - Friend   January 08, 2018

May God wrap His arms around the entire family and give you all strength and peace during this time of loss. Pastor Kline was a very loving, caring, kind, wonderful, compassionate pastor. He will be missed greatly! He was a pastor that truly showed much love and understanding. We loved sitting under his wonderful preaching and teaching. Our dear Pastor will surely be missed. We will always love our dear Pastor Kline. 11Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Posted by Awilda, Ulyses, Jayson, Noraleen, Melanie, John Perez/Nicewonger - Palmyra, PA - Family Friend   January 08, 2018

My prayers for all the family. He was a great man.

Posted by Rhonda Briers - Family Friend   January 08, 2018

I use to attend occasionally with the Williams family as a teenager. I always loved how he was so personable with everyone and made everyone feel important in the church. He would go out of his way to make sure his flock were following the path the Lord put before them. He was certainly a compassionate and caring man who loved the Lord. There was no doubt about that! I will always remember him.

Posted by Michelle Turck-Orr - Easton, PA - Acquaintance   January 08, 2018

Love you uncle Ray, Your a great man, I looked up to you in so many ways. Wish we could have gotten to know each other better. I will never forget you.

Posted by Robert Wagner - Anderson, CA - Family   January 08, 2018

Sincere sympathy from a former coworker at Gateway Pharmacy. l will remember Ray with great fondness.

Posted by Bonnie Kirk - Phoenixville, PA - Coworker   January 08, 2018

Pastor Kline's light was best displayed through his kind, loving smile. His impact and ministry is profound, and his love for the Lord encouraged many to live loving lives for Christ. I was privileged to have met him at the young age of eleven, and I cherish every caring father-like hug he gave following each church service. My heart and prayers go out to his beautiful family. He is absent in body and present in Christ. Heaven has gained a beautiful faithful servant!

Posted by Maria (Roman) Montijo - Family Friend   January 08, 2018


It was truly my HONOR to get to know you and your family Ray. I will miss you. Kristin

Posted by Kristin Estermyer    January 08, 2018

Pastor Kline was one of the true Shepherds of the flock....we loved him so much..we know he is with the Lord....but it still hurts...he was so instrumental in our healing journey...truly one of the great men of God that we ever met.
Sister Kline, Beth, Howard, Ira, Christina, and family...our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the Lord give you strength and may you dwell on all your precious memories that you had together to comfort your hearts in the days and months to come.
Love you all

Posted by Teresa Hicks - West Reading, PA - Family Friend   January 08, 2018

Heartfelt condolences go out to,all the family..for the incredible loss of Rev.I.Ray Kline .No words can comfort,except for the most important, and ironclad spiritual words of...JOHN 3:16

Posted by Frank Fedele - Williamsport, PA - Family Friend   January 08, 2018

How do you relay the importance of your spiritual father?
Pastor Ray was the most influential man of God I have had the honor and privilege to have met, and gotten to know in this life. The depth of his love for those he served cannot be measured, except by the kind of love God Himself shows us.
Pastor Ray would not be quick to accept praise, but he would be humble in accepting it on behalf of His Lord & Savior Jesus Christ!
He taught me what it means to be a follower of the Lord Jesus. He taught me how to lean on the Lord and not man. He showed me what unconditional love looks like. He willingly shared his heart with us. He always pointed us to Christ. He was a discerning, faithful, obedient servant to his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. He showed me how to be a better husband and man of God. He was always willing to listen and to not judge. He made time for you. He freely shared his wisdom and allowed you to make mistakes, knowing that we are the Lord's people and not his people.
I could go on and on...

I love Pastor Kline, and am deeply indebted to the man of God he was and is today.
He is and will be missed terribly by myself and all those who ever had the opportunity to have met and gotten to know him in this life.
God's peace upon you, his precious family, friends, and all who knew him. God bless you all.
Rest in His peace, my mentor and friend,

Brother Hicks

Posted by Kerry Hicks - West Reading, PA - Son   January 08, 2018

Rev.I,Ray Kline was a one in a million type of man. In the 15 or so years that I knew him...I can truly say he was one of the most congenial, affable,and sincere persons, I have ever,had the pleasure to know. Apart from the business relationship we had,with he and Linda as clients..I have always considered him a good friend a feeling that evolved quickly from the time of Our first meeting. Ray's father Ira,also a client for many years..referred me to him. Pastor Ray had the wonderful ability of making you feel at ease and comfortable in his presence. He was a great communicated,and very well read on many subjects. I especially our many conversations about faith,politics,and world events over the years.This was a man who leaves a massive void with his passing,and that he will be greatly missed is an understatement.I thank Ray for his friendship and camaraderie over the past years,and his unassuming attitude and demeanor at all times. Now he takes his place in the celestial realm with his Lord and Saviour. He fought a long, hard, and diligent,battle with his illness, and now he can rest and enjoy his eternal reward. His energy and his wonderful charisma I am sure...remains with all of us.

Posted by Frank Fedele - Williamsport, PA - Friend   January 08, 2018

Rest in peace Revered Kline.

Posted by Donna Davis - Mahanoy City, PA - Coworker   January 07, 2018