Born in Matador, Texas, Roy Ratcliff spent most of his childhood in California. After graduating from high school in Wichita, Kansas, he attended and graduated from Oklahoma Christian College in 1970.
He has ministered in churches in Kansas and Wisconsin for over thirty-five years and has been the preaching minister of Mandrake Road Church of Christ for the past fifteen years. Since his unexpected encounter with Jeffrey Dahmer in 1994, he has discipled prisoners in several Wisconsin prison facilities and currently sees six men in various prisons each month.
Roy and his wife Susan have two grown children.