Our Staff
Pastor

Rev. Dan L. Gray, Jr.

Dan is married to Samantha Besecker Gray, and they have three wonderful children, Camille, Luke, and Zaiah.  Dan was appointed to Addilynn effective July 1, 2019.  He is an ordained Elder and has previously served as Pastor of Chilhowie UMC, Chilhowie, VA, Seven Mile Ford UMC, Marion, VA and at Bluff City UMC, Bluff City, TN.  Dan is a co-founder of Be The Bridge Bristol, a Christian ministry dedicated to racial reconciliation through small group dialogue and friendship.  He has taught courses in philosophy and political science as an adjunct instructor at King University and Northeast State Community College.  He is a district clergy mentor; serves on the Holston Conference Board of Trustees; and serves on the board of Project Crossroads (home repair ministry).  His previous work includes serving as Coordinator of Youth Ministries for the Holston Conference, and as youth minister at Munsey Memorial UMC, Johnson City, TN; First UMC, Bristol, TN (also as young adult minister); and North Raleigh UMC, Raleigh, NC.  In addition to serving the local parish, Dan has been active in youth ministry on the district, conference, and denominational levels.  Prior to vocational ministry, he practiced law as a trial lawyer in Washington, D.C., and is currently licensed as an attorney there.  Dan has begun studies for a Doctorate of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary, and has a Masters of Divinity degree (magna cum laude) from Duke University Divinity School; a J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill; and a B.A. in Pre-law with Engineering Emphasis (magna cum laude) from N.C. State University.  He was Valedictorian of A.L. Brown High School, Kannapolis, NC, and is an Eagle Scout. Dan enjoys performing in community theatre with his thespian family, hiking, the outdoors, river rocks, bicycling, basketball, soccer, frisbee, blueberries, chocolate, action/adventure movies, travel, church history and apologetics.

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