About Pastor Gray


Pastor Joseph E. Gray

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Founder of God Glorified Church of God in Christ

Pastor Joseph E. Gray has roots that reach deep into the history of the Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ. Brought to an early knowledge of God by his mother, Evangelist Susie Goley, and his grandmother, Mother Daisy Maude Holloway, the young Joseph Gray was nurtured and trained under the leadership of the late Bishop Archie D. Headen.

Even as a child, "Spunky", as he was known, demonstrated an unusual zeal toward the study of God's Word, an early indication of the gifts the Lord had deposited in him. In 1978, to no one's surprise but his own, he acknowledged the call on his life and was ordained in 1984.

Although he pursued his secular education at Wilberforce University, the true preparation for his life's work began when God promised to be his personal instructor in unfolding the mysteries of His Word, a promise which was abundantly fulfilled in his life. Bishop Headen, seeing the qualities of leadership in this studious young man, entrusted him with many responsibilities at Refreshing Spring.

From 1986 to 2004 he was the instructor of the Old Testament Studies at the Refreshing Spring Bible Institute in Riverdale, Maryland.  In 2012, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from the Institute.

Elder Joseph Gray fervently promotes the authority of the believer through Jesus' name, having confronted the strongholds of the enemy during 25 years of service with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. In 2006, he founded and currently serves as pastor of God Glorified Church of God in Christ, and Superintendent of the Sherman Scott Howard District of the Washington D.C. Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.  His ministry is characterized by a zeal to expound the Word of God in its purity and simplicity and to uphold the name of Christ above all others.

He has been married for 45 years to First Lady Dorothy M. Gray.  Together they have three sons, one daughter and nine grandchildren.

At God Glorified...

"It's not church as usual!"

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