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Kim Gray

 Hometown: Chesteron, IN

Occupation: Teacher

How long have you attended St. James? I started attending St. James while I was in college at Saint Mary’s in 1995/96 because I was asked to help lead the youth group. I was received into the Episcopal Church in the spring of 1998.

In what ministries do you participate? Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Relationship Building Committee, Co-director of Diocesan Summer Youth Camp

What was your first job? My first official “pay taxes” job was when I worked as an instructor in the craft house at Spring Hill Camps.

What’s your proudest moment? One of them has to be my dad’s 60th birthday. He really loves auctions, eBay, collecting things - you get the picture. He’s also a polio survivor, so Rotary International is an important part of his life because of their commitment to eradicate polio. In an effort to celebrate my dad (and to clear some “junk” out of the basement), we invited all of his closest friends to a party where we auctioned off his stuff - 60 things! The money we raised all went to PolioPlus, the Rotary Fund to end polio. Although my dad panicked each time we brought up an item from the basement and feigned (or not) his dismay with our choices, in the end it was a great way to celebrate him and support an important cause.

What’s your favorite book? My favorite book so far this year is probably Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. I continue to struggle and ruminate over that text. Anne of Green Gables is my all-time favorite literary character.