Last month, the founding pastor of Greenville's Redemption Church, Ron Carpenter Jr., announced that there would be a major transition in church leadership. He announced that John Gray III, a Joel Osteen associate, would be taking over the megachurch.
Many people consider Gray controversial because of the way his ministry began and because of his association with Osteen, who is constantly in the center of media scrutiny.
Before he was in full-time ministry, Gray was a comedian and singer on Christian tours. After, he became an associate pastor of one of the largest churches in the country, Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church. While he served as a church associate, he also starred on the reality TV show "The Book of John Gray."
While many people are supportive of Gray's ministry, others do not think that he is the right fit to take over an entire congregation.
In December, it was announced that Gray would become the lead pastor at one of the largest churches in South Carolina, Redemption Church. It was founded in 1991 and has grown into a megachurch with over 20,000 members.
On Friday, Gray revealed some new plans for the church under his leadership. He announced that he would be changing the name from Redemption Church to Relentless Church.
He said, "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! On behalf of my wife @grayceeme and I, it gives me great pleasure to share with all of you our extended family the New name of our church! Redemption is becoming RELENTLESS! We are excited and expectant for all God is going to do in Greenville, South Carolina and around the world through this amazing work!"
"I can't wait to announce our team but today is about CELEBRATING THE SHIFT! Thank you @ron.carpenter and @pastorhopec and the entire Redemption team for 27 years of service to the Kingdom! May God bless everything you do as you move forward in CALIFORNIA! And so it begins! May 13th, 2018, first service as Pastors! THE OFFICIAL INSTALLATION CELEBRATION WEEKEND IS JUNE 2nd/3rd, SAVE THE DATE!!! REDEMPTION BECOMES RELENTLESS!"
Thus far, Gray has not revealed any more changes coming for his new congregation. What do you think about the church name and about Gray taking over as the lead pastor? Let us know your thoughts! In other recent news, the strange cause of death was finally revealed for the 52-year-old actor who died last week. Please continue praying for his family.