Months after megachurch pastor John Gray revealed that he and his wife were on the verge of getting a divorce, the couple announced that they will be hosting a relationship conference, billed “Align,” at their South Carolina church next month.
“ONE OF THE MOST IMPACTING RELATIONSHIP CONFERENCES OF 2019! Join me @myrelentlesschurch and let’s bring in the New Year with a new you! Register for the @thealignconference happening February 7-9th, 2019. Married, singled or divorced, this relationship conference has something specifically for you,” Gray and his wife announced on Sunday via their Instagram accounts.
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HEY YALL! SINGLE, MARRIED, DIVORCED OR SOMETHING IN BETWEEN? THIS IS FOR YOUUUUUUU! What do you get when you put @devonfranklin, @chadcveach and @juliaveach, @richwilkersonjr and @dawnchere, @realtalkkim, @kirkfranklin and @iamtammyfranklin, @claytonhhurst and @ashleehurst and me and @grayceeme together? ONE OF THE MOST IMPACTING RELATIONSHIP CONFERENCES OF 2019! Join me @myrelentlesschurch and Let’s bring in the new year with a new you! Register for the @thealignconference happening February 7-9th, 2019. Married, singled or divorced, this relationship conference has something specifically for you. You can register to be in the building or you can register to watch online. Space is limited so sign-up now! Head over to TheAlignConference.com or you can register THIS SUNDAY at the Align booth at Relentless Church. #LoveAlign19
The conference announcement comes weeks after the celebrity preacher, who leads Relentless Church in Greenville, was forced to defend his decision to purchase his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus for their eighth wedding anniversary.
Gray cited Ephesians 5 as part of the fuel that drove him to lavish Aventer with the expensive gift.
It also comes months after he admitted to his church that he had marriage troubles. Last summer, Gray opened up about their marital challenges (see video below) explaining that for about two years they had been contemplating divorce.
“What they didn’t see is that for the last two years we weren’t sure if we would even make it. This is what the people saw,” he said while fake smiling, “but they didn’t see the tears at night. They didn’t see the times when one of us was sleeping on the couch because the argument. We had to keep smiling because even though we were struggling and even though I was failing as a husband, I was already in front of the people and the people can’t receive my brokenness because where do leaders go when they bleed? Because sheep don’t do well with blood so I had to bleed alone,” Gray said.
Despite their problems, Gray said God kept moving in their ministry.
“What’s strange is that I traveled the whole world and the Holy Ghost showed up and me and my wife just kept smiling and nobody knew that we were getting ready to get a divorce. Because as long as I kept producing nobody cared what was happening at home. Because as long as we can use you, we will and when you fail we’ll find someone else. Just do me a favor, keep smiling, keep producing, fly all over the world, fight for everybody else’s family while your own marriage is falling apart. While your kids are crying for you every night, wondering when daddy’s coming home but you’re doing the best you can to provide,” he said.
Gray didn’t specify how he failed as a husband but he explained that when his wife discovered that he had started “listening to the wrong voices and let some people get too close … she set it off just like a good wife should.”
Aventer Gray then revealed to the congregation that she chose not to leave her husband despite being upset by her husband’s unspecified actions. She refused to allow the devil to have her marriage.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair