John Bray comes full circle from IWU student to campus chaplain

IWU - Interim Dean of the ChapelJohn Bray’s life has come full circle, and that is very good news for Indiana Wesleyan University, especially for our students.

Universities are, above all, communities of people dedicated to the common pursuit of truth.  The greatness of our IWU community rests directly on the greatness of our faculty, staff and students.  As alumni, as ministers, and now as IWU colleagues, John and Patty Bray embody that greatness.

John graduated in 1972 from what was then Marion College and, on September 4, he will return to what is now Indiana Wesleyan University to serve his alma mater as Interim Dean of the Chapel.

During most of the years between those two milestones, John was pastor of Heritage Wesleyan Church in Rock Island, Illinois. When he became pastor in 1973, the church had 24 members. When he transitioned out of his leadership role in 2014, and was named senior pastor emeritus, membership stood at 3,000-plus.

Since leaving Heritage Wesleyan, John already has answered a call from The Wesleyan Church to serve as interim pastor of a church in Michigan for a year. While he is serving as Interim Dean of the Chapel at IWU, his wife and ministry partner for 43 years, Patty Bray, will be serving as interim pastor of an Indianapolis church.

John and Patty Bray, truly a remarkable ministry team, will be living on the IWU campus for the next year. As they enter this new phase of their lives, we pray that the witness of their lives will have a powerful impact on our students.

The Dean of the Chapel at IWU provides spiritual leadership to the residential campus. Through chapel programming and discipleship initiatives, the Dean of the Chapel is responsible for planning, promoting and administering spiritual and educational leadership.

In addition to his undergraduate degree, John also has a Master of Arts Degree in Ministry from the IWU College of Graduate Studies. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at IWU’s April graduation in recognition of his long service to the local church, his example of servant leadership and his consistent dedication to God.

It is a great personal pleasure for me to welcome John and Patty to our campus.  They have already blessed us through their faithful service to IWU, their fun-loving people-first personalities, their deep commitment to the Christian life and their heart to serve people.