Reverend Darryl Gray
Executive Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
The mantle to lead Missouri Faith Voices was passed to Reverend Gray on February 1, 2022. He has worked for decades in promoting human and civil rights, social justice, and human dignity. He has worked tirelessly in Canada and the United States as an advocate for the reform of refugee & immigration policies, police/community relations, minority business/community/youth development, social change and justice, and interfaith cooperation.
His activism, public service, community and political involvement include the following: former Secretary of the Missouri Democratic Party; Elected to the Kansas State Senate (84-85); Senior staff with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (where he served as Special Assistant to the National President/CEO and National Communications Director); NAACP (Executive Director, Atlanta Branch); National Rainbow Coalition and Operation PUSH (organizer); 1st Vice 13thDistrict Representative, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated,; Canadian Multicultural Association (Co- Chairperson); HARAMBEE Canada (National Board Member); former Chairperson, Missouri Democratic Party Progressive Caucus; and has worked as senior staff with various national, state-wide, and local political campaigns and issues.
While living in Canada for over 25 years, he was active in various human and civil rights efforts, from addressing issues of economic disparity and youth development to police brutality and racial profiling; to giving sanctuary to African refugees in his church.
Since returning to the Unites States Gray has sought to commit his passion for justice, and expertise in the political arena, towards making a contribution towards changing the social, economic and political landscape of America’s Midwest (the Heart of America) to make it more inclusive and equitable. Gray’s comparison of St. Louis to the “old Selma”, and the Midwest to the “old south” has resonated throughout the social justice and activist community nation-wide. He is committed to changing that dynamic.
In September 2017, Gray once again gained international attention as he became one of the spokespersons for the St. Louis Frontline Protest & Activist Community following weeks of civil disobedience & disturbance resulting from the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley in the death of an unarmed black man (Anthony Lamar Smith). Gray was recruited by former Ferguson protest leaders to serve as Clergy liaison and Senior Advisor.
Rev. Gray currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Greater Fairfax Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis and serves as Co-Chairperson, National Prison Ministry Commission and Member, National Social Justice Commission, Progressive National Baptist Convention; Chairperson, Social Justice Commission, Mid-West Region Progressive National Baptist Convention; Vice Chairperson, Social Justice Commission, Missionary Baptist State Convention (MO); Political Advisor, St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition; Co-chairperson, Civic Engagement, Baptist Minister’s Union of St. Louis and Vicinity. He has won numerous awards related to his activism. He is a husband, a father and a grandfather.