James M. Gray
1851 – 1935
Dr. James Gray was an American Bible scholar, school administrator. editor, preacher and poet. Born in New York City and reared in the Episcopal church, as a young man he prayed, “God be manifest to me a sinner.” Known as a gracious and well-beloved Christian gentleman and scholar, Dr. Gray dedicated his entire life to communicating the Bible through speaking and writing, for sixteen years he pastored the Reformed Episcopal Church in Boston.
Dr. Gray championed the cause of Christ at the Moody Bible Institute for 43 years as a summer guest lecturer, dean, executive secretary, editor of Moody Monthly, president and president emeritus, succeeding D. L. Moody and R. A. Torrey. He authored 25 books and booklets, and served as one of the seven editors of the first Scofield Reference Bible.
Spanning parts of two centuries, his expositions of the word blessed nearly 20,000 students. Factual content, the synthetic study method, and life application characterized his teaching. One of Dr. Gray’s gospel songs has preserved his life philosophy, “Only A Sinner, Saved By Grace.”