Christina Ray Stanton

Who and Why?

Who am I?

My name is Christina Stanton, and I am a 50-year old Florida native who has lived in New York City for the past 25 years. I had a successful career as a singer in musical theatre before turning my full attention to my job as a professional, licensed NYC tour guide. I have worked for more than 20 years total as a guide, and my tours have been written up in multiple publications and featured on travel channels. I've led thousands of people on tours over the years, and I truly enjoy it. I am also the Director of the Short Term Missions Ministry at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (Senior Pastor, Timothy Keller). I revamped the ministry a few years ago, increasing its scope from two trips of 30 people each year to 14 trips per year with more than 200 people participating. My years of leading mission trips have helped me pinpoint some unmet needs, so in 2017 I founded a nonprofit called Loving All Nations (www.lovingallnations.org). My husband, Brian, has worked as Redeemer Presbyterian’s Chief Financial Officer since 2002. We’ve been married since 2000, and we’re one of Match.com’s original couples! We are longtime residents of the Financial District. 

Why this book?

9/11 totally reset the course of our lives, something I recognize and appreciate more with each passing year. Interest in 9/11 has waned, and I regularly meet young people who know very little about what happened. The 20-year anniversary of the attack is approaching, and I wanted to describe more details about that day from my unique perspective. This book will help some readers remember that day, and it will help others learn facts about it for the first time. 

What makes my book different from the gazillion other books about 9/11?

1) My husband and I were -- and still are -- residents of the Financial District, where the WTC complex was located. We witnessed the attacks from our 24th-floor terrace apartment just six blocks from the Twin Towers. 2) We were trapped with our dog in Battery Park when the Towers fell, and we were evacuated by boat into New Jersey in the largest boat evacuation in US history. 3) We didn’t permanently return to our apartment until the next January. 4) My husband’s fraternity brother died in the attacks, and our dog nearly died from ingesting 9/11 dust. 5) As a senior NYC tour guide, I had taken hundreds of tourists up to the WTC observatory and toured the complex for years before 9/11. My more than two decades as a tour guide have given me a unique perspective on the City before, during, and after the attacks. 

Finally, and most significant to me, my book is a testimony of how God changed my heart through 9/11. Every Christian has a testimony of how and why they decided to dedicate their lives to Christ. This book is my testimony. :)

 
Christina Ray Stanton