Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Francis Campbell Gray Sr.

The Rev. Francis Campbell Gray Sr. was born in Ocala, Florida, on 19 April 1911, the son of the Rev. Campbell Gray (later Bishop), and wife Virginia Neil (Morgan). He attended Howe Military School in his you, graduating later from the University of the South and General Theological Seminary in 1936. His father ordained him to the diaconate and priesthood in Mishawaka in 1936. He married Jane Elizabeth Greenwell in Houston, Texas, on 23 February 1938. He began his career in New York City as a missionary, then came to Northern Indiana, where his father was bishop, serving as general missionary and as rector of Trinity Church in Logansport. He was curate of Christ Church, Houston, from 1937 to 1938. Then he and his wife moved to the Philippines to do missionary work, where they were interned by the Japanese army during World War II. Their son, Francis Campbell Gray Jr., future bishop of the diocese, was born there. He returned from the war in broken health but served as rector of St. Paul's Church, Peoria, from 1945 to 1948. He then moved to Cincinnati as rector of St. Michael and All Angels from 1948 to 1953. He was rector of St. John's Church in Decatur, Illinois, from 1953 to 1959, and then closed out his career as deacon of St. Luke's Cathedral in Orlando from 1959 t 1971. He died in Orlando on 11 June 1973.