Andy Gray

Minneapolis, MN

Meet Andy Gray

I have a relentless passion for cultivating racial harmony and justice in our divided communities and fractured churches. I pastored a local congregation for 25 years, with the last 18 as a pastor of a multi-ethnic church plant. My biblically-rooted approach combined truth, compassion, understanding, and candor to disciple Jesus followers to truly live in harmony (Rom 12:16). Discipleship must impact our affections, consciences, and wills to be impactful. Doing justly and living in harmony requires the engagement of our hearts, heads, and hands.

Catalyst For Harmony is a multi-ethnic team devoted to accelerating discipleship in racial harmony and justice. We do training workshops, consulting and lead multi-day trips through the South where we learn, see, and feel the Civil Rights Movement's history. Over 70 pastors from the Twin Cities have journeyed together, resulting in greater racial solidarity.

My persevering hope is to serve as a catalyst to build bridges of unity and justice.

Areas of Expertise

Christian Colleges
Churches
Individual 1 on 1 coaching
Other Organizations

Services

References

Jim Olson
President - Pilgrim Center for Reconcilation
If you are looking for biblically-centered and culturally relevant discipleship resources, and mentors, to help equip and empower you to engage in discipling around racial harmony, I would definitely urge you to connect with Catalyst for Harmony. Andy Gray and his team are leaders with integrity and influence whose ministry is already having a significant impact on the Twin Cities and beyond. His leadership in facilitating several Sankofa: Journey to Harmony tours of the major Civil Rights sites in the South helped build significant relational connections between African-American and White pastors and ministry leaders. Those connections were essential when Andy helped catalyze the One Fund initiative to help provide nearly $1,000,000 in support for African American churches who had been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and then social unrest here in the Twin Cities after the death of George Floyd.
Russell Pointer
Bishop/Minister - Minneapolis Central Church of Christ
Most indubitably, without hesitation, I would give Andy Gray and his team Catalyst for Harmony the highest recommendation that we can offer! Andy is a leader and trailblazer when it comes to having the courage to stand for and with the community. Coaching, training, equipping, enabling, and most of all, empowering the how-to when it comes to strategies with social injustice. Andy is a prognosticator, pontificator, and the spiritual equalizer of justice and mercy. To this end, I urge you to experience the coaching, as it will bless you and be an asset to your life. Lastly, I encourage you to invite him as a panelist at your church or next program.
Josh Ganados
Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion - TreeHouse
Andy has helped our organization with coaching, training, and consulting towards racial harmony. Many of the challenges we've faced with racial harmony were often because of a lack of foundation on what God's Word provides, of a lack of proximity to one another's pain and a lack of common vision. Andy's approach is rooted in scripture, pursues holistic spiritual maturity, and is contextualized to empower our staff to wrestle with and take action on relevant issues today. His trainings focused on the serious commands from scripture for oneness, justice and harmony. Andy is a great listener and meets people where they are in their journey. He invites and challenges others to move toward this calling. As a coach and consultant, He has years of experience to apply a plan or step that is right for you and your ministry. Through engaging training, coaching and dialogue, our staff have been able to work out their faith and pursue God's desire for racial harmony together.

Work Experience

Pastor / Executive Director
Catalyst For Harmony - Richfield
January 2021 - Current
I've recently launched a new non-profit after pastoring at a local congregation for 25 years. Catalyst for Harmony is about advancing racial harmony together.
Pastor
The Urban Refuge Church - Minneapolis
June 1997 - December 2021
Pastored for 6 years with a multi-site church from 1997-2002, planted a multi-ethnic church in 2003 and pastored there through the end of 2021.

Education

Bachelors - Electrical Engineering
Oakland University - Rochester, MI
September 1984 - May 1989

Resources

Embracing Ethincity: Jesus Prayed We'd Be One

Sermon Series 2012
Harmony Matters Workshop

Partnered with Terrance Rollerson and our church's Harmony Team to design and run a one-day workshop. (2015)
Sankofa Journey to Harmony Civil Rights Trips (2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)

https://vimeo.com/307316932

Planned and led a Civil Rights Experiental Journey with Terrance Rollerson in collaboration with Transform MN. 2017-2019 was comprised of pastors in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Racial Harmony Training Series

Designed and implemented a racial harmony training curriculum as a consultant for the staff of a youth ministry in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.