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REV. GLENN D. GRAY - Senior Pastor of the Imani Family and Full Gospel Church came to Montreal and as a Visiting Minister from Forest Chapel C.M.E. Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in July 2010. Pastor Glenn met his wife Rachel (Bruno) Gray at that time and they were later on married May 7, 2011, and decided to live in Montreal and continue to attend and serve Imani Church.

Pastor Glenn was licensed at Imani Family and Full Gospel Church by Rev. Darryl G. Gray after becoming a member of Imani Church and has served as an Associate Pastor since joining the Ministerial staff shortly after. He has been Accredited as a Baptist Minister by the Quebec Association of Baptist Churches and the Canadian Baptist of Ontario and Quebec, and was Ordained November 27, 2016 by those Associations through Imani Family and Full Gospel Church.

 

Pastor Glenn has served on the Executive Committee of the Quebec Association of Baptist Churches since 2016, shortly after Imani joined the Association in 2015.

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REV. DARRYL G. GRAY - Founding Pastor and Pastor Emeritus of the Imani Family and Full Gospel Church, who resigned in December 2018, was arguably the most media sought out, and most quoted Black person in Montreal, and throughout Canada. ​

Elected to the Kansas State Senate at the age of 26, Gray was the only Black State Senator in Kansas, at that time; and one of the youngest State Senators in the United States. He has previously worked as a national officer and/or senior staff person with such civil rights organizations as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Rainbow Coalition and Operation PUSH, Canadian Multicultural Association; and HARAMBEE Canada.​

Since coming to Canada, he has been active in various human and civil rights efforts, youth violence, black enterprise creation, economic disparity, youth development, police brutality and racial profiling. He gave Church sanctuary to African refugees’ families, and had unfair federal and Quebec provincial government immigration polices overturned. Elected the first Black president of the Anglophone rights group, Alliance Quebec which represented over 800,000 English speaking people in Quebec.

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HISTORY OF IMANI FAMILY & FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH

​2005 - After leaving as Pastor of the Union United Church, Reverend Darryl Gregory Gray in July 2004 had to choose whether or not to leave Montreal for other ministry opportunities.

The Back Yard (4620 Prince of Wales, NDG)

Before having to make his decision to take his family and travel to Toronto or back to the United States (his home of birth) Rev. Gray was approached by Hazel Marshall, David Clarke Sr., and Arnold Moore, who asked to meet him at his family home at 4620 Prince of Wales Avenue, NDG. Rev. Gray agreed to the meeting thinking that this was to discuss circumstances at Union, but to his surprise, in additional to the three people, several other people surprisingly showed up. The group became so large that the meeting had to be conducted in the back yard of the house.

Among former members of Union, people from other faiths, there were people who were not connected with any church communities at all. All of the discussion centered on ways to keep Rev. Gray and his family in Montreal. It was made clear that a uni-lingual Afro centric pastor did not have many employment opportunities in Quebec, but everyone felt that Rev.‘s ministry could continue to make an vital contribution to the development of the Black community.    

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