Our Senior Pastor
Terence R. Gray joined Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church in November 2004 as Senior Pastor for the Orlando faith-based institution.
In his role, Gray aspires to empower those who are in need, touch the lives of those who are broken, tear down the walls which divide, building a future for his family and fight poverty and injustice. Before joining The Mark, he served as senior pastor for Saint Paul A.M.E. Church in Macon, Georgia.
Throughout his fifteen year tenure, Gray focused on building the body of Christ and inviting people into Christian discipleship. Under his leadership, Saint Paul experience unprecedented growth offering three worship services each Sunday. They were able to acquire property, secure a loan and finalize building plans for their new location at 2501 Shurling Drive. The congregation was lead into full identification formation. They became “The Church Known For Its Faith” based on Romans 1:8. He lead the church in having a media presence, establishing the Imani Broadcast Ministries, a trademark which he stills carries. Daily Saint Paul was viewed via television and weekly via radio. Through his witness Saint Paul acquired additional property for entrepreneurial purposes. They owned and operated a barber shop, Unity Cuts and Styles. The work of ministry at Saint Paul is most treasured through fruit of 23 Sons and Daughters in Ministry during his tenure. Above all the lifelong relationships formed and developed knits their hearts through eternity. Gray made history by serving the longest tenure of any pastor for Saint Paul.
Pastor Gray’s tenure at Saint Mark has been equally exciting. The revamping of our Educational Enterprises has richly increased the quality of our program. The introduction of the Infant Toddler Unit and the reduction of our Alpha Learning Center’s grade level to 5th has assisted in our focus areas and propelled our student’s learning experience to an average 2 grade levels above the National Average in Math and Reading.
The Sanctuary has undergone renovation enabling the church to stream live and renew a weekly television presence. We have increased our Worship Services to offer three and renewed our Youth Church every Sunday. Pastor Gray understands that he is a part of the Mosaic fabric of Saint Mark so he requested that we describe how we saw ourselves in the Community and made us different than any other church. Through this process we now know we are “Building Families For Christ!”
Born July 20, 1965 in Atlanta, GA, Terence is the son of the late Revered Frank M. Gray and Lillie Mae Gray. He was blessed to grow under the watchful eye of his parents, great-grandmother, grandparents, aunts and uncles who were not only supportive of him physically, but spiritually. He accepted his call to preach at the tender age of 9 and delivered his first sermon at Allen Chapel AME Church in Calhoun, Georgia. By age 16, Gray was licensed to preach and was submitted into the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Through the struggles and triumphs of his beloved elders, Gray reached his fullest potential. A graduate of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Ga. Terence established himself as a leader early in life. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and continued his education at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity in Homiletics in 1989.
Many search a lifetime to find their purpose while others are fortunate enough to find their way early in life. His elders provided him with the confidence he would need to fulfill a purpose that burned in his spirit beginning at an early age.
Terence is married to his wife, Joyce Ann Jones Gray and together, they raise their three children Jocelyn Bianca Gray, Terence Renard Gray II and Tramaine Raphael Gray.