Associate Pastor John Gray, who preaches at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, is set to head up a congregation in Greenville, South Carolina. Pastor Gray has served for five years assisting Joel Osteen, but will now take the reins as senior pastor of Redemption Church. He will continue to travel back to Houston to preach some of the Wednesday night services which, thanks to the Grays, have been attended by as many as 11,000 people.
Gray made the announcement in a Dec. 10 Instagram post and has been in the process of making the transition ever since.
Hey family! It is With tremendous gratitude in our hearts for the past and expectancy for the future, that we are honored to share that we have said YES to God's next assignment for our lives. We will be the new senior Pastors of what has been known as Redemption Church in Greenville South Carolina! To Pastor Ron and Hope Carpenter and the entire Redemption family, we say thank you for seeing the future in us and we are eager to begin this new journey. And to Pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen and our entire Lakewood Church family, we say we love you and are eternally grateful for all we've been able to watch God do over these last five years. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the church and being there as many Wednesdays as we can. Please pray for us as we embark upon the next place God has called us to. We love you! Houston we STILL have a promise. Greenville we are on the way! #TheGraysGoGreen
“Hey family! It is With tremendous gratitude in our hearts for the past and expectancy for the future, that we are honored to share that we have said YES to God’s next assignment for our lives,” Gray wrote. “We will be the new senior Pastors of what has been known as Redemption Church in Greenville South Carolina!”
Gray and wife Arventer will replace Pastors Ron and Hope Carpenter who are taking an assignment in San Jose, California. OWN‘s The Book Of John Gray reality show stars are eager to take on the new role with the blessing of Pastor Osteen.
“John Gray is becoming one of the most respected and influential voices of this generation,” Osteen told The Houston Chronicle. “His scriptural insights are brilliant and his charismatic speaking style is like no one else. I can promise you that Greenville, South Carolina will never be the same once John Gray rolls into town.”
Gray told Greenville News that he is humbled and honored at the appointment. He doesn’t plan to go in and make big changes or use the 20,000-plus membership base to purport his own agenda. Rather, he plans to serve the people with integrity and continue to be conclusive. Gray said that if he wanted fame or notoriety, he could have just stayed at Lakewood. This move is about heeding the call to do God’s work.
I have no words to describe what I felt walking into what will very soon be the church I have been given to lead. But my wife @grayceeme has summed up so much of what I felt with her words. Lord, I thank You. #2018TheSpeedOfPurpose ・・・ Last evening, we brought in the New Year @myredemption.cc in Greenville and were introduced to amazing new kingdom family members. We had the opportunity to share with the #graybabies that they have a new church and they will love it there. They were all ears! God did something incredible last evening…it was a celebration of so many things “COLLIDING” on Purpose for Purpose. Ps. @ron.carpenter & @pastorhopec THANK YOU & the entire Redemption family for the love you showed to our family. Tears are filling my eyes because I have no words to express all of my feelings for the beauty inside of the moments we experienced with you! @realjohngray brought in the NEW YEAR preaching like he lost his mind per usual. I thank God for his Yes to the unknown, because every unknown purposed YES by following the Holy Spirit has yielded remarkable kingdom landmarks for HIM. We move at the “SPEED OF PURPOSE” (John III SAID THAT!) We roll with God, no matter where and how…That’s what we have committed to doing all for his glory! The weekend @lakewoodchurch & @myredemption.cc was beautiful from beginning to end! FILLED AND READY FOR ‘18. #ThankYouLord #ILoveGreenville #DothanIs4andhalfhoursaway #YASSS #ISawPublix #IshotBasketballAtGym #PsHopeandIhaveTheSametattoo #Howaboutthat #AllGod #EmbracingwhatHehas #Grateful
“There’s explosive growth potential in Greenville,” Gray said. “The cultural heartbeat of the region can add such great value to the fabric of the community. That’s our goal: To make sure we are meeting the need of the community, connecting with the people. We want to stay relevant. We want to stay purposefully diverse, we’ll reflect that.”