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Dr. Richard L. Gray

rick_grayProfessor of Leadership and Christian Ministries


  • Urban Ministry
  • Leadership
  • Black Religious Studies


  • B.A., Anderson University, 1974
  • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1986
  • Th.M., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1991
  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1996

Dr. Richard L. Rick Gray is professor of Leadership and Christian Ministries. He is currently the director of the Harry Hosier Institute at Asbury Theological Seminary and also provides administrative oversight for the Master of Arts in Leadership. In 2008 he received the Asbury Seminary Graduate Faculty Discipleship and Mentoring Award.

He received a B.A. from Anderson University, 1974; and a M.Div. (1986), a Th.M. in Leadership Development (1991) and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies (1996) from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dr. Gray is the executive director of the Obsidian Society (African American Evangelical Scholars Organization) and conducts workshops on topics ranging from African American history to leadership and urban ministry throughout the greater Orlando area. He has published numerous books, including his most recent, Beneath the Lode of the Cross and serves as general editor for The Journal of African American Christian Thought (UMI Publishing, 2008). In addition to his books, he wrote a leadership in ministry course for Asbury University.

He has received numerous community service awards, including awards from the Los Angeles Urban League Pasadena Branch, County of Los Angeles, City of Pasadena, California State Assembly and United States Congress. Dr. Gray was a PEW Graduate Fellow (Christian College Coalition) and a member of the International Society of Theta Phi.

Dr. Gray and his wife, Coral, have two children.


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