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|'Gray Matter' begins this week|
Dr. Leonard and Marguerite Gray have retired in West Monroe after serving for 64 years in the Lord's work. Their mission work has carried them to over 90 foreign countries. "One of my greatest desires is to see Christian unity become a reality in my lifetime," said Gray.
"With our extensive work and travel experience, we have been exposed to things which helps us be more understanding of some of the problems of the world." Gray added.
Although Gray has retired he still attends evangelistic meetings, and will be writing a weekly column for The Ouachita Citizen called "Gray Matter." Over the years, Gray has written this column for other newspapers and feels that writing it for The Citizen is a way he can continue to be of Christian service to the community even though he is retired.
Gray served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force during World War II serving in the European Theater of Operations. When the war was over, the Grays went to Abilene Christian University with plans to major in Aeronautical Engineering. He changed his major to Biblical Studies because he felt, "The world needed someone to make better people, rather than someone to make better airplanes."
Gray has served congregations in Texas, Louisiana, California and Colorado and has held evangelistic meetings and seminars in many other states and numerous foreign counties. In addition to their years of mission work in South Africa, the Grays have had extensive experience training ministers and their wives for greater service for the Lord through schools of missions and evangelism.
The Grays were both instrumental in beginning the Whites Ferry Road School of Biblical Studies in West Monroe, in 1970 where Leonard served as a full-time instructor, and Marguerite was head of the wives' training program.
In 1975, the Grays were invited to Denver, Colo. where Leonard was appointed director of the Bear Valley School of Biblical Studies and Marguerite was Dean of Women. Following eight years in that position, Leonard was stricken with cancer. Following surgery and chemotherapy treatments, his health fully restored, he returned to full-time preaching in Sacramento, Calif., for five years.
Following this, they were invited to work with World Christian Broadcasting Corporation which is based out of Alaska. In connection with this work, Leonard was included in a group of eight ministers who toured China speaking and holding discussions at theological seminaries across that country.
In 1990, the Grays were asked to return to South Africa and assist in evangelism and seminars across that country.
The Grays have two sons and two daughters and 10 grandchildren.
Leonard has a Ph.D. in Christian Ministry and he and his wife are members of Jackson Street Church of Christ in Monroe.
For the 'Gray Matter' column, see Page 6A of this week's Citizen.
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