Pastor John Gray Transferred to Atlanta Hospital as His Condition Improves

Pastor John Gray attends the 2017 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas on Friday February 3, 2017 - USA. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Megachurch pastor John Gray has been moved to a hospital in Atlanta as he recovers from treatment for a “severe” pulmonary embolism.

In an update posted to Instagram on July 11, his wife Aventer Gray said he is showing signs of improvement and was moved to another hospital “for the best care.”

“Thank you God, still holding… No premature death. Leg clot gone. Remaining lung clots dissipate and bow at the name of Jesus,” she wrote.

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Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina, where John Gray is senior pastor, released a statement confirming he had changed hospitals.

“Pastor John Gray continues to be treated by a team of professionals now in Atlanta, GA after being transferred from Alabama for his condition,” the statement said. “Pastor Aventer and the entire Relentless Church family are thankful for the abundance of well wishes and prayers for his safe and immediate recovery. Services will continue as planned and we will lift up the name of Jesus at this time.”

Aventer first reported her husband had been hospitalized for “severe” health problems in an Instagram post over the weekend. She said he was admitted to a critical care unit with a saddle pulmonary embolism in the pulmonary artery and lung blood clots, and needed two types of surgery.

A saddle pulmonary embolism is a rare type of blockage that happens “when a large blood clot gets stuck where the main pulmonary artery branches off into a Y-shape to go into each lung,” according to Healthline. The condition can lead to heart failure and death.

John Gray, 49, took over leadership of Relentless Church in 2018. The church has campuses in Greenville and Powder Springs, Georgia, according to its website.

He was featured on the OWN series, The Book of John Gray, and has made appearances on Red Table Talk, and Unsung.

Gray previously served as associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.

In 2020, Gray issued a public apology and addressed rumors on entertainment blogs that he was involved in an extramarital relationship.

In a video posted online, he said: “For every area of behavior that has dishonored the holiness of God, I want to  tell you I’m sorry. There have been a number of things in the blogs, some of it accurate, some of it not, but all of it my responsibility. I apologize for putting the name of God in harm’s way.”

While he did not confirm or deny that he had strayed, Gray said he was seeking counseling and admitted making “bad decisions.”

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