A pastor who bought a Lamborghini for his wife’s anniversary present is said to be living lavishly in a $1.8million home which was bought by the mega-church he works for.
Pastor John Gray, who leads the Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina, is said to live in a 7,247 square foot home in Simpsonville, South Carolina, that was purchased by the church, according to the Greenville News.
The home, which supposedly serves as a church parsonage, is said to be about 10 miles away from the mega-church and is located in a gated subdivision.
A month after it was revealed that Relentless Church pastor John Gray bought his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini a present, it’s been revealed that they live in a $1.8million home
Gray was criticized after video of the moment when he presented his wife with the Lamborghini appeared online. Gray is seen in the black suit and Aventer is in purple
After the criticism, Aventer complained on Instagram that nobody complains about sports stars driving fancy cars and that the couple doesn’t ‘live for people! We live for God!’
The median home value in Greenville County, where Gray’s abode is located, is said to be $165,600.
When asked about the decision to buy the $1.8million home for Gray’s use, Relentless’ chief financial officer, Travis Hayes, told the Greenville News that it ‘is not anything new.
‘This is a practice that is done with every denomination in the nation. That’s what this is. This is an asset that belongs to the church,’ Hayes said.
Should Gray opt to part ways with the church, it’s expected that Gray will leave the home behind.
Hayes told the newspaper that the church board had decided to buy the home as incentive for someone of Gray’s ‘caliber’ to move to Greenville to lead the church.
Relentless Church said that they bought the lavish home as a way to entice someone of Gray’s caliber to head up the Greenville, South Carolina, church. Gray is show on stage at the church
Relentless officials said that it was common practice to buy a home for the pastor to live in
Gray’s million-dollar housing situation revelation comes just over a month after it was revealed that Gray had purchased his wife, Aventer, a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus as an anniversary present.
Gray, who is also an associate pastor at televangelist Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, was roundly criticized on social media after video of him presenting Aventer with the keys to the luxury vehicle during their eighth anniversary vow renewal ceremony was posted online.
In response, Gray took to various social media platforms himself to defend his decision to purchase the pricey car.
Gray was recently criticized on social media for buying his wife, Aventer, a $200,000 Lamborghini as an eighth wedding anniversary present
Gray said that he didn’t use any of the Relentless money to buy the car, while Aventer wrote that Gray had saved his money to ‘bless his wife’
‘Pastor buys his wife, you know, this expensive car,’ Gray said in an impassioned Instagram video now taken down. ‘First of all, it wasn’t a pastor that bought the car. It was a husband that bought the car. Get that in your spirit.’
Relentless said the house that Gray lives in will return to the church if he leaves it. Exterior of the South Carolina church is shown here
‘I want to make it clear, not a nickel, not a penny, from this church, Relentless Church, went towards the gift that I made my wife,’ Gray said in a Facebook Live video.
‘That matters, that’s the only thing that matters, ‘cuz I know, like, you know, there are some pulpit pimps out here who take church money and do the wrong thing.’
He also assured supporters that he’s not a ‘pulpit pimp’ or ‘prosperity preacher.’
Instead, Gray said the money for the car came from his show, ‘The Book of John Gray,’ on the Oprah Winfrey Network, revenue from a book deal and a great deal of scrimping and saving over months.
He said that he put down the deposit for the car in February and hasn’t paid off the whole car yet.
Aventer also weighed in on the car controversy on social media.
‘MY HUBBY IS A HARD-WORKER, HE WORKED HIS WHOLE LIFE AND HE SAVED TO BLESS HIS WIFE!’ she wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post.
Gray (left) is also an associate pastor at televangelist Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Osteen (right) famously refused to open the church for flood victims in 2017
‘I don’t see anyone screaming about how basketball players drive what they do while you paying $$ to see them play in arenas and on fields. We don’t live for people! We live for God!’
John Gray has some notoriety outside of his recent gift controversy.
Following his time as the first black associate pastor with Joel Osteen’s Houston-based ministry, he also made headlines describing President Donald Trump as the ‘most pro-black’ president’ at a prison reform event earlier this summer.
Osteen made headlines in 2017 when his Lakewood church refused to open its doors to help shelter victims of the devastating flood that hit the area. The church, which can accommodate 16,000 people, claimed that it was ‘inaccessible due to extreme flooding,’ which was apparently untrue, and later said that it would be willing to house people once official shelters reached capacity.
The Relentless church is said to have about 15,000 members with as many as 200,000 people watching its online sermons.
Source: Daily Mail