Church sends support for Pastor John Gray while he is in hospital
Pastor John Gray of Greenville’s Relentless Church was hospitalized with a saddle pulmonary embolism, his wife, Pastor Aventer Gray, said on social media Sunday.
Since the announcement Church members, other pastors and leaders have shared their supportive thoughts for Gray and his family.
During the Sunday service at Relentless, Aventer Gray told the congregation in a video that their faith was being tested in many ways.
“One thing I know about my husband is that he (God) owns him. My husband is fighting for his life right now,” Gray said.
Aventer Gray’s first Instagram post announcing John Gray’s hospitalization had 54,000 likes as of Monday lunchtime.
Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area said he was sad to hear the news from Gray.
“I believe God can heal him naturally, medically and miraculously. Will you pray with me for John’s full healing?” Morris said on Facebook.
Prior to founding Relentless, John Gray was associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
Pastor Carl McClurney of New Harvest Ministries in Mauldin said on Facebook Sunday, “Let us unite and join together in prayer for our dear brother and pastor.”
“God, we ask you to heal and restore and raise him up,” McClurney said.
Ron Carpenter, founder of the Redemption Church, said he has known Gray for almost two years and considers him a brother.
“I just wanted to stop for a moment and ask you to pray for Pastor (John Gray). I’m on the other side of the world right now, but the news has reached me that he is struggling with his health and needs God to move in his body,” Carpenter said. “Many people are aware that my and Pastor John’s transition has had its share of bumps, but the reality is that every transition is bumpy, even at its best. And while we weren’t able to achieve some of the things we wished for, there was never a time when I didn’t think of John as a brother.”
A representative from the Gray family was not immediately available for comment Monday morning.
What is a saddle pulmonary embolism?
A saddle pulmonary embolism is a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. In some cases, it’s caused by blood clots traveling from veins in the legs or other parts of the body to the lungs, according to the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit American academic medical center.
Saddle pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening due to the blockage of flow to the lungs.
Aventer Gray stated that if the embolism of John Gray’s body moves to the left it will affect his heart, and if it moves to the right it would affect his lungs and blood flow.
She said it was a “life or death” situation.