James Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray became Minister for Worship and Arts at St. John’s in September of 2014. Prior to serving St. John’s, he has served in this same role with St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Lancaster, South Carolina; Trinity United Methodist Church of York, South Carolina; and River Hills Community Church in Lake Wylie South Carolina. Kevin is native Carolinian and a graduate of Winthrop University.

He has taught as a chorus teacher on the middle school, junior high school and senior high school levels as well as on the collegiate level as the director of the Winthrop University Jazz Voices. Kevin is a published composer and has composed music for choirs throughout the Carolinas and the nation. In 2010, he had the honor of being the first clinician to lead music for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s first Northeast Fireside Conference in Delaware. He was also named director for the fraternity’s National Leadership Institute Conference in 2011. For his participation in the planning and musical presentations for the 2012 International Council of Community Churches National Conference he was named Layman of the Year. In February, 2013 Kevin was named director of the Charlotte Chorale, one of the most highly valued auditioned vocal ensembles in Charlotte.

In the life and ministry of St. John’s, Kevin leads the congregation in worship planning and design. He directs the Chancel Choir and the Youth Choir and coordinates all other initiatives of St. John’s related to music ministries, arts events and worship support. He connects us with the larger music community of metro Charlotte and builds relationships between our music ministries and other musical initiatives in the city.

In his down time Kevin loves perusing antique shops with his wife, Alison, and son Mason, as well as taking scenic walks along the Catawba River in Rock Hill SC, which has been his home for twenty one years. He is an avid reader his favorite two books are Charleston, Charleston!: The History of a Southern City by Walter Fraser and Johns Adams by David McCullough.