About Our Pastor
Pastor Grays was educated in the Dallas Independent School District and is a proud 1988 graduate of Lincoln High School. Upon graduating high school he continued his education while attending respected colleges and universities including:
East Texas State University
Jarvis Christian College
El Centro Community College
In 1991, while in college, Rev. Grays is called into the ministry to preach the gospel while as a member of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Hardin L. Ward. Being led by the Holy Spirit, Rev Grays preached his initial sermon.
Because of his gift of music and singing, he has been blessed with multiple opportunities to serve as musician, minister of music, and an associate minister at many Churches. Rev. Grays is married to his beautiful wife, Jennifer (Wilson) Grays. They have been married for 20+ years. She is the apple of his eye and the pitter pat of his heart. He is proud father to 4 Children: (3 sons) Willie, Kieron, Dalvin (Julia), (1 daughter) Leighah. He is also the proud grandfather of 2 boys: Dalvin Jr. (DJ) and Kenneth.
Pastor Stephen Grays began his Pastorate in Royse City, at New Hope Baptist Church, on May 18, 2016. If you have had opportunity to speak with him, you will probably readily recognize that he is a very outgoing and loved person in this area. Pastor Grays will tell you he is not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Pastor Grays is the oldest of 4 siblings. He was born on December 23, 1969 to the parents of Frank Pruitt and the late Michelle Grays in Dallas, TX. He has always been involved with the church since a youth at Morning Star Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Howard D. Gill and the late Rev. Willie Fred Smith. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age while he was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church. He has always had a love for music. This is where he began his music ministry as he started directing the choirs. After directing the choirs at Morning Star Baptist Church for a number of years the family moved their membership to Rose of Sharon Baptist Church where the late Rev. Hardin L. Ward served as pastor.
While serving as a Musician and on the Ministerial Staff at Tabernacle of Praise Baptist Church, Rev. Grays was licensed by Rev. Anthony E. Sharp II, On April 23, 2000. He then Served as Musician and Associate Minister at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. Leonard R. Davis was the Pastor. After his time there he was called to New El Bethal Baptist Church where Rev. Dr. Timothy Brown serves as Pastor, to serve as their Minister of Music. Once his season was finished there, he was called to the New Hope Baptist Church and served as the Minister of Music in January of 2012 for 4 years.
Rev. Grays had no ambition to pastor the New Hope Baptist Church. However, after the pastor left in 2015, the church overwhelmingly elected that Rev. Grays become the next pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in 2016. In May of 2016 Rev. Grays was ordained by Rev. Dr. Timothy Brown at New El Bethel Baptist Church on May 29,2016. Pastor Grays preached his first sermon as the Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church on June 5, 2016. He was installed as the Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church on June 26, 2016.
Rev. Grays loves people and has always been involved with community. From the time he started working after college with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department as a Detention Security Officer. He has since then matriculated to many other Jobs. He has been a teacher with Dallas ISD, Materials Manager at Charlton Methodist Hospital, and his current position at Medical City Dallas as the Materials Manager. He continues to work diligently with the community, city, and the county. He continues to be a bi-vocational pastor. He currently holds the position of Chaplin for the Royse City Police Department.
“Now, let’s give the Lord a big hand clap of Praise”