Elder Albert Ray Dancy was born in Alexandria, Virginia and raised in Connecticut. He currently resides in Darien, Connecticut with his family. In the mid-1970s, he served four years in state prison for armed robbery. While in prison, Rev. Dancy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science from the University of New Haven. Thirteen years later he was hired as a prison chaplain at the Bridgeport Community Corrections Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Rev. Dancy has held various management and information systems positions in the corporate sector, including General Electric, Peachtree Software, and Mellon Bank. In 2007, he became the Executive Director of Serving All Vessels Equally, Inc. (SAVE), a non-profit faith-based organization. SAVE’s vision is for the young people of the Norwalk community to grow up to become successful adults who are free of involvement with the justice system and have a positive impact on their communities. It serves Norwalk youth, ages 14 -24, by providing advocacy and programming to help them achieve success in school, avoid contact with the criminal justice system and engage in positive community activism. Under his leadership SAVE has trained and mentored hundreds of youth using the CT Work and Learn Model – a highly motivating and mentor-rich experience for teaching life skills, work skills and academic skills.