Senior Pastor Emeritus John and Pastor Patty Bray

John and Patty Bray moved to Moline, IL, in 1973 to pastor a small, broken church called Heritage Wesleyan. They remained there for 41 years, and together led the church to an attendance of 3,000 people.

They both have earned Bachelor’s Degrees and Master’s Degrees from Indiana Wesleyan University. Each of them has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from the University as well. Both are ordained ministers in The Wesleyan Church.

John was the Lead Pastor at Heritage and Patty served the church in the areas of Christian Education, Women’s Ministry, Small Groups, Connections, Missions and Adult Discipleship. After leaving Heritage she served as Interim Senior Pastor of Fall Creek Wesleyan Church in Fishers, IN.

John became the Dean of the Chapel at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2015 until his retirement in 2020. Patty taught Old Testament Survey at the university and mentored young women. They have found great joy in investing in the lives of college students and never cease to be amazed at the great privilege God has given them.

Today John and Patty live in Parrish, FL. They have been happily married for over 50 years! Together they are the proud parents of Heather Bray, a restaurant owner in Minneapolis, and Kari Jackson, a nursing instructor at UCLA. They are especially pleased to be the grandparents to three extraordinary grandchildren, Stella, Leo, Vivian.