Bishop Harry S. Grayson is known as an honorable, dignified, wise, anointed man of integrity and servant of God. Bishop Grayson received the Holy Ghost in the Summer of 1967. Since that time, God put a fire in him that has not been quenched. In June of 1978, (then) Elder Grayson received his Ministerial License to “Preach the Gospel, Baptize and assist in any other work of the ministry.” During this time of ministry, Elder Grayson was a faithful steward and was the official “baptizer” and served faithfully on many other auxiliaries at Messias Temple Church.
In the year September of 1991, under the direction of late Bishop William Abney, an overwhelming majority vote was cast for Elder Grayson to become the new Pastor of Messias Temple Church. In January of l992, Elder Grayson was installed with the “laying on of hands” and the anointing of Bishop Willie Burrell. Subsequently, in June of 1995, Elder Grayson received his Ordination Papers. Hence, during the Council in March of 1999 Pastor Grayson was elevated to the office of District Elder; and in the year 2011 he was elevated to the office of Suffragan Bishop. Bishop Harry S. Grayson was duly elevated to the office of Diocesan Bishop of the 60th Episcopal District Council of the Western Cape, South Africa, under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III at the 2018 Summer Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Bishop Grayson’s outreach ministry has taken him to the continent of Africa to Cairo, Egypt and also to Harare Zimbabwe, in West Africa where he preached for ten days and was able to leave a financial contribution that helped to complete the funding needed for a new church sanctuary and the beginning phases of building a new medical clinic, which was named in his honor.
Bishop’s compassionate, outgoing spirit is evident in the “We Care We Share” Hot Meals ministry, which he implemented in his early years of the pastorate, which feeds over 10,000 yearly. The “We Care We Share” ministry is a powerful entity at Messias Temple Church, where people are fed weekly and clothing is provided to help the homeless and families that have been negatively affected by the economy. In the fiscal year ending of 2018, with the assistants of the United States Government, Messias has served over 45,000 meals, given away over 55,000 pounds of food and has a budget over $95,000 to feed the local communities.
Bishop Grayson has seen many “Restored” to their walk with the Lord, and more than 1,700 souls baptized in the name of Jesus, with many of that number filled with the Holy Ghost over these 27 years. Other Outreach Ministries include weekly “Live Streaming” and a local Radio and TV Broadcast; which focuses on outreach in his home community and the surrounding communities.
Bishop Grayson most recently served as the Vice Chairman of the Northern District Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. from 2014 until June 2018, and was reelected at the June 2018 NDC Council, however, because of his appointment as the Diocesan Bishop of the 60th Diocese of the Western Cape, Cape Town, he has relinquished that position to fulfill his duties as the Diocesan. He has also served as a member of the International Missions Board of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
During his tenure, Bishop Grayson has served the office of the Mayor of Ypsilanti, and the Ypsilanti Police Departments, also local school communities. Further, as he saw the need, he implemented the Aenon Bible College satellite base at Messias Temple Church where many received their fundamental foundation of the Principles of the Word of God and of the Apostolic Doctrine.
Bishop Grayson completed his Mechanical Engineering degree from Washtenaw Community College and University of Michigan, while continuing his full-time position with University of Michigan as a Refrigeration and Heating Engineer, where he worked for 20 years until a year after his elevation as Pastor of Messias Temple Church, when the Lord placed in his spirit to fully devote his time to the pastorate. Bishop Grayson resides in Ypsilanti, Michigan since 1973 with his lovely wife, Lady Mary, where they raised their son, Evan Joshua and twin daughters, Maya Britney and Shari Whitney, and one granddaughter Olivia.