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Our President, Rev. Dr. John Thomas Gray

Rev. Dr. John Thomas Gray is the sixth President of Chicago Baptist Institute International. Born in the city of Athens in Limestone County, Alabama, Rev. Dr. Gray had a strong father (Elijah) and mother (Beulah). Both his parents were also born in Alabama and believed in hard work and education as the means of getting ahead.


Rev. Dr. John Thomas Gray

A Christian Upbringing

Dr. Gray was brought up in a Christian environment. He accepted Jesus Christ in his early life at the Little Zion MBC in Athens, Alabama, under the leadership of the late Rev. A.D. Hatchett. He acknowledges the power of God being the source of all life, with emphasis on Christian educating and training leaders with integrity and creativity. His undergraduate work was at Chicago Baptist Institute International (1990–1994) and he received his Doctorate of Divinity in 2006 from Midwest Theological Institute.

Dr. Gray moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1969, and united with the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of his brother, Pastor Roland Gray. He accepted his calling into the ministry in 1985. In 1988, he was elected as Pastor of Holy Zion MBC, located at 1258 W 103rd Street, Chicago, Illinois, where for 25 years he has been a beacon of light in the community and a source of hope. Dr. John T. Gray and his wife for 49 years are the proud parents of three daughters, one son, and nine grandchildren.


Unanimous Appointment

Dr. John T. Gray was appointed in May of 2013 to be President of Chicago Baptist Institute International by Dr. Willie L. Wilson, Board Chairman. The Board of Trustees unanimously elected him because of his outstanding achievement and his enthusiastic commitment to the Chicago Baptist Institute International as President. He previously served as President of the Baptist Pastors Conference of Chicago and Vicinity for six years, and is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, (NAACP). He served as Vice President of the International Ministers Community Alliance (IMCA), where he now serves as President.