Passionate About Inspiring Others
Dr. J. Troy Gray, a Chillicothe, Ohio native, is the fourth standing Pastor of Zion Baptist Church. After graduating from high school in 1980, he attended and graduated from the American School of Broadcasting in 1981. Soon after graduating from ASB he went on to attend Morehead State University.
In 1983 Dr. Gray married Sue Gray (Mischal). Together they have six children Marcus, Rachelle, Lindsey, J.T. (wed to) Ashleigh, McKinlee, and Tyrell. As well as five grand-children, Mecca, Cahya, Nadia,Trey and J.T III .
Prior to his Pastoral installment in May of 1992, Dr. Gray served as the Executive Assistant of External Affairs for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio as well as the EEO Director for the City of Chillicothe. In addition to his work as an Executive and Director, he was also employed in various directorial positions within the Chillicothe Correctional Institituions where he impacted the lives of many young, incarcerated men. To this day, many of those that he mentored through his positions recognize him as a paternal figure in their lives.
At the set time, Dr. Gray increased his faith and made the decision to leave his job at the VA to begin a full time ministry at Zion. Though he was faithful he still endured a season of exasperation and struggles. It was in that season he learned to trust God through very turbulent times, he often notes this was the worst-best period of his life and ministry.
Dr. Gray is a visionary who has birthed several ministries under his leadership as Senior Pastor including a summer day camp for youth in addition to an annual Christmas Giveaway to share Zions blessing with the community. Dr. Gray also increased the foundation of Zion Baptist Church by developing a multi-million dollar facility sitting on 23 acres of land where Zion stands today. Though the building transition did not come easily, Dr. Gray remained faithful and stood boldly on the promises of the Lord.
Dr. Gray is very committed to being a light for the sick and the broken. In 2013, he developed a transitional program for men struggling with adjusting back to society after drug addictions or incarcerations. This program is dedicated to providing men with another chance at life, thus the name Another Chance Ministries. Dr. Gray has plans to extend this program to women and develop a full residential rehabilitation facility.
Being born and raised in Chillicothe, Ohio, Dr. Gray has a true and genuine heart for his community. He has served on several boards including four terms on the Chillicothe Board of Education. In fact, he was the youngest board member to ever be elected and at the age of 28 years old he became the first African-American to serve as the President for the Board of Education. He has hosted city-wide prayer meetings and is constantly developing innovative ways to reach the people of God. He is a recipient of the Jaycee Citizen of the year award and the Ross County Liberty Bell Award. His success is not limited to a local level; in 2002 he was selected to carry the torch for the Winter Olympics held in Utah. He has appeared numerous times on The Word Network reaching millions of people with the gospel. In 2013, Pastor Gray received an honorary doctorate degree from Saint Thomas Christian University for his commendable works and accomplishments in ministry. Ross County knows Dr. Gray to be a mover and shaker in the community and soon the world will as well.
Bishop Henry Fernandez
Bishop Vaughn Mclaughlin