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 at Victory Pentecostal Church.  She was ordained in 1985 by the late Bishop Avant Lytle of Jamaica, NY, under the leadership of Bishop Charles/Lady Velma Johnson at Pentecostal Temple Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Jackson, MS, where she served in several capacities and for Living Witnesses of the Apostolic Faith, under the leadership of Bishop A.C. Richards.

In 1997 she began to host conferences for hurting women and children, and from those events Heal the Hurt Ministries was conceived and birthed.  In 2001 Heal the Hurt Ministries began separate worship services in inner city Jackson MS, and adopted the name Exodus Apostolic Church.  The ministry has since expanded the vision and has chosen the name THE EXODUS ASSEMBLY. She was ordained for this service by Pastor Rod Parsley (World Harvest Church Ministerial Fellowship, Columbus, Ohio) who was her mentor for three years.

In October 2009, in Kansas City, Kansas, Pastor Gray was ordained as an apostle by Bishop A. B. Johnson, and her apostleship was confirmed in 2013 by her local Apostle, Dr. Otis Lichlyter.  She was ordained into Christian International Apostolic Network (CIAN), in 2015, and Apostle Calvin Veal became her regional Apostolic leader with the general oversight of Bishop Bill Hamon.
Widely recognized as a “Mother of Israel” many souls around the country attribute their salvation, healing, and deliverance to her leadership and prayers.  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 served for three years as a chaplain for the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department and served at the Jackson Police Department.  She is a member of the 35th Citizens Police graduating class. 

Senior Pastor Gray is also a book writer, and has received many awards and recognitions for her services, including Outstanding Citizen in the State of Mississippi in 2004, the Fannie Lou Hamer Award in 2005, Drum Major for Justice in 2009, and an APPRECIATION AWARD in 2010 all from the Jackson, Mississippi City Council; also in 2009 she was nominated as one of five top pastors in the country by BET Television, and in 2010 received two nominations for Strong Women Awards for leadership and perseverance by Lifetime Television for Women and Comcast Spotlight.  She was also honorably chosen to perform the invocation at the first annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast, with Governor Haley Barbour as guest speaker.  Her newest book ESCAPING TRAGEDY: THE POWER TO FORGIVE is now international.

She spends much time in prayer, supplication, and outreach.  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.  She is the mother of seven children; some are ministers for Christ; the others are on the way.


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