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John G. Raymond is a contestant from Survivor: Thailand.

Almost instantly, John's bossy personality and his need to be in the leadership position annoyed his tribe. The last straw was made when he made a controversial joke about the water source. After losing the first Immunity Challenge, John was voted out over Ghandia Johnson.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Born and raised in New Orleans, John Raymond attended high school in Springfield, Louisiana. Moving to Illinois, he received a Bachelor of Theology from Oregon Bible College (majoring in Counseling and Pastoral Ministry). He simultaneously received an Associate degree of Liberal Arts from Rock Valley Junior College, where he was on the college speech team.

John is currently the Executive Pastor at a church of 2,700 members. He leads the pastoral counseling department, runs the adult education program and has developed a network of 50 small relationship groups. He previously worked as a financial planner for 12 years (regional vice president with his company and a top salesman), working his way through college as a carpenter and shipbuilder.

John enjoys scuba diving, spear fishing, deer hunting (gun and bow and arrow), playing guitar and writing country songs. He's been to 39 of the United States, Jamaica, Mexico, Canada and mission trips to the jungles of the Mosquito Coast in Honduras and Nicaragua. He is most proud of completing the Los Angeles Marathon after only three months of training. He is also proud of recently transforming his body in only twelve weeks through the Body-For-Life challenge. In his spare time, he coaches his children in little league basketball.

John currently lives in Slidell, Louisiana, with his wife, Elizabeth, whom he considers to be his hero. They have three children, John (12), Monica (10) and Benjamin (2), along with two cats, Panda and Fluffy. He is the founder and President of the Adult Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in his county and a member of Promise Keepers and the Nashville Songwriters Association International. His birth date is February 21, 1962.[1]

Survivor

John was confused when Jeff Probst asked Jake Billingsley and Jan Gentry to choose the tribe names and location. John had assumed that the tribes were to be divided by gender. This was proven false when Jake and Jan were asked to select the tribes themselves. John hoped to be on Jake's Sook Jai as he viewed him as strong and Jan as an elderly lady. John was picked by Jan to be on Chuay Gahn. John took up the leadership role, which rubbed people the wrong way. The Chuay Ghan beach had a natural cave formation, eliminating the need to build a shelter. Everyone was helping to find food. When Tanya Vance became sick due to dehydration, the tribe decided to find the water source. John and Helen Glover found the water and decided to play a prank on the tribe. Ghandia Johnson was not amused because of the seriousness of the situation. At the first challenge of the season, Chuay Ghan was leading. This ended when Ghandia got stuck on the puzzle, ultimately losing for Chuay Ghan. At Tribal Council, the tribe was annoyed with John for various reasons and voted him out first in a 6-1-1 vote.

Voting History

John's Voting History
Episode John's
Votes
Voted Against
John
1 Ghandia Brian, Clay, Ghandia,
Jan, Tanya, Ted
Voted Out, Day 3

Post-Survivor

  • On January 9, 2010, John attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.

Trivia

References

Survivor: Thailand Castaways
 Brian
Chuay Gahn
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 Clay
Chuay Gahn
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 Erin
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 Ghandia
Chuay Gahn
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 Helen
Chuay Gahn
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 Jake
Sook Jai
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 Jan
Chuay Gahn
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 Jed
Sook Jai
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 John
Chuay Gahn
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 Ken
Sook Jai
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 Penny
Sook Jai
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 Robb
Sook Jai
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 Shii Ann
Sook Jai
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 Stephanie
Sook Jai
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 Tanya
Chuay Gahn
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 Ted
Chuay Gahn
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