Frederick Edward Raven was born September 9, 1837 at Saffron Walden, Essex. His family were active members of the Church of England.
In 1865 when he was 28, F.E.R. left the Church of England and broke bread at the Priory meeting in north London (Mr. Darby's local meeting).
He married Kate Wallis Glenny on April 15, 1873. They had nine children. He was able to serve up to a few months before his death on August 16, 1903.