● Gospelizing the Poor, in the Marketplace
● The primary desire of Rev. Dr. McCray is to equip the Church to do holistic gospelizing ministry. In 2002 he wrote, Gospelizers! Terrorized and Intensified. This message challenges our churches to respond to all forms of terror, both in the U.S. and abroad, by intensifying their witness for Christ as holistic “Good News messengers.” ● From August 2004 to May of 2009, the McCrays have operated Jubilee Market—a small neighborhood convenience store and fast-food restaurant located in Chicago’s Near West community. Jubilee became their setting for “gospelizing in the marketplace.” They provided a vital mission-service of food supply for some of “the least of these” their customers who frequented the store. Moreover, many children, seniors, homeless, recoverers, and others have received prayer, salvation, healing, God’s Word, help, hope, and a haven of peace at Jubilee. Due to the economic recession of 2008, the store closed its operations. Yet, the dream still lingers.
● Africanizing Biblical Teaching
● The Black Presence in the Bible and The Black Presence in the Bible and the Table of Nations (both 1990) are a celebrated and inter-nationally recognized two-volume series. This pioneering work opened the floodgates for thousands to gain a deeper appreciation of the Black and African identity of biblical persons and nations. Spreading this message nationally and internationally, Rev. Dr. McCray has received numerous distinctions, citations and awards for his studies in this area. He has lectured both in Ghana, West Africa (1993), and in England (1994) on this important subject. The idea of the Black presence in the Bible is a truth whose time is now. And Rev. Dr. McCray is a man whose voice rings true.
● For over four decades Rev. Dr. McCray has presented progressive seminars designed to uplift especially African American people and the Christian Church. He has educated countless believers on topics related to the study of ancient Black and African persons and nations as they are viewed through the windows of Biblical literature, history and culture. His research into this oft-neglected, but vital, body of information stems back into the early 70's. Both the writings and lectures of Rev. Dr. McCray have made a great impact in shaping the community’s approach toward understanding the ethnic composition of numerous personalities and peoples of biblical history and experience. As a result of his seminars and writings, countless men and women from all walks of life have gained a renewed respect and appreciation of Africa and her peoples in the sacred literature of the Church.
● Rev. Dr. McCray further contributed to his studies in this area with The Black Presence and The Passion: A Christ-centered Historical Identity Response of a Gospelizer (2004, 2008). As a critique to Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ, McCray’s work explores the black/African presence in the world of Christ as found especially in the Gospels.
● Since 1975, McCray has been married to Thelma Lowe McCray (Rev. Dr.).
● They have two God-Children, and other “children” who informally claim them as their own.
● Rev. Dr. McCray is available for teaching, preaching, ministerial and church consultation, strategic guidance, counseling, and media interviews. (Click here to make a request.)