When he retired in 2005, Bruce Gray committed to walking by faith and not getting ahead of God. One of the doors God has opened for Gray on his journey has allowed him to become a part of FCA’s new ministry in Canada.
For years, Gray has been involved with Athletes in Action Canada, as a volunteer, an associate and donor. He became aware of FCA’s ministry to coaches in summer 2015 when he helped coordinate a mission project for an FCA New Hampshire soccer camp to partner with the More Than Gold during Canada’s Pan Am Games. Gray facilitated connections for FCA with Bethany Community Church in St. Catharines, which now serves as the “beacon church” for FCA Canada. And, he also paved the way for the FCA team to partner with the Salvation Army in Hamilton, where the team participated in street evangelism around sporting events, passing out water and sharing about Jesus.
When he learned about FCA’s model of ministering to coaches Gray saw that it could fill a huge need in Canada. “I knew a coaches’ ministry like FCA would be a great complement to Athletes in Action and other like ministries. FCA’s desire to disciple and to utilize the coach to work with and through the athlete is a perfect fit for what we need in Canada,” Gray said.
Gray’s business career was spent primarily with Imperial Oil, the Canadian subsidiary of Exxon/Mobil Corp from 1975- 2005. He now serves as Board Chair for the Eagles Nest Association of Waterdown/Drummond House, a transitional home for women and children in times of crisis.
A resident of Brantford, ON, Gray and his wife Edie have four grown children and nine grandchildren. The couple attend the local Salvation Army church where his daughter is the pastor.