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What would it be like to become the first black pastor at the largest church in the country?

Pastor John Gray opened up about the experience on media tycoon Oprah Winfrey’s program “Super Soul Sunday.” Gray is the associate pastor at famed televangelist Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, which happens to have the largest congregation in the United States.

“So you’re the first black pastor at Lakewood church,” Winfrey said to Gray when hosting her show Sunday on her OWN Network. “What does that mean to you that one of the most influential religious leaders of our time certainly in the united states shares that platform with you?”

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“I don’t even know how to describe it,” said Gray, who preaches at the church’s Wednesday service that grew from 2,500 people to 9,000 in attendance each week. “But to be the first African American to literally be on staff and just to weekly speak into the life of the church is a high honor.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post

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