Our Pastor - Maxine Evans Gray

Maxine Evans Gray

Maxine Evans Gray, a proud mother and grandmother, is a native of Crystal Springs, MS.  God called her from her career as an insurance claims adjuster and accountant to evangelism in 1984 while serving for 16 years with her former husband at Victory Pentecostal Church.  She was ordained in 1985 by the late Bishop Avant Lytle of Jamaica, NY, under the leadership of Bishop Charles and Lady Velma Johnson at Pentecostal Temple Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Jackson, MS where she served in several capacities. She also served in many capacities for Living Witnesses of the Apostolic Faith, Bishop A.C. Richards.

In 1997 she began to host conferences for hurting women and children, and from the conferences Heal the Hurt Ministries was conceived and birthed.  This ministry quickly became the vital force that kept many people from the grips of death and destruction.  In 2001 Heal the Hurt Ministries began separate worship services in inner city Jackson and adopted the name Exodus Apostolic Church.  The ministry has since expanded the vision and has chosen the name THE EXODUS ASSEMBLY. She was again ordained by Pastor Rod Parsley (World Harvest Church Ministerial Fellowship, Columbus, Ohio), her mentor and pastor. The season ended with Pastor Parsley too soon, and she tearfully obeyed God’s voice to move on.  In 2009 she ascended as an apostolic mother by the laying on of hands by Apostle Anthony B. Johnson and Prophet Bonitto Sappleton.  In June 2013 her apostleship was confirmed and consecrated by the laying on of hands of Apostle Otis Lichlyter (Living Hope Ministries), who is now her immediate overseer in conjunction with Christian International Fellowship (Bishop Bill Hamon).

Widely recognized as a “Mother of Israel” many souls around the country attribute their salvation, healing, and deliverance to Apostle Gray.  Several ministries have been birthed under her authority that have grazed the City of Jackson and the State of Mississippi and have infiltrated tough neighborhoods in the City, invoking change.  She has been guest speaker for campus ministries at Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, and Hinds Community College Utica Campus.  She has also spoken at Black History Celebrations for the JSU Alumni Association and Jackson City Hall and is the first Black and female to minister in several rural Mississippi towns and communities. 

Apostle Gray has received many awards and recognitions for her services, including an award as Outstanding Citizen in the State of Mississippi in 2004, the Fannie Lou Hamer Award in 2005, Drum Major for Justice Award in 2009, and a special appreciation award in 2010 all from the Jackson, Mississippi City Council; and in 2010 received two nominations for Strong Women Awards for leadership and perseverance sponsored by Lifetime Television for Women and Comcast Spotlight.  She was also honored to perform the invocation at the first annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast, with the honorable Governor Haley Barbour as guest speaker. 

She is currently a member of the Board of Chaplains for the Hinds County, Mississippi Sheriff’s Department, under the respected authority of Sheriff Tyrone Lewis.  She also works closely with the Jackson Police Department, and is a member of the 35th graduating class of JPD Citizens Police.

Apostle Gray and Exodus spend much time in prayer, supplication, and outreach, and believe that everyone should be allowed the privilege of knowing God and His amazing grace!  Therefore, they reach out to the poor, drug addicts, prostitutes, AIDS/HIV victims, and the like, and have seen many of them totally free and delivered!  She is a member of the women’s group BOLD (Beautiful Ordained Ladies of Destiny), Christian International, and the National Organization of Christians. Her major mission is to be used of God to change mindsets into the knowledge of a higher purpose, shift individuals into the place of Abrahamic Covenant, and restore life and health to the family unit, beginning with the head. 

Email Pastor Maxine Gray: PastorMaxineGray@yahoo.com


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