After being hospitalized for a week with a life-threatening saddle pulmonary embolism, Pastor John Gray of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina, is “moving in the right direction,” according to an update from his wife, Aventer.
“Doctors, multiple cardiologists, a hematologist … the best, baffled… Only God!” said Aventer Gray in an update to her social media on June 14. “We are stable today moving in the right direction…It was the prayers of the righteous that availed.”
John Gray’s Health Scare
Pastor John Gray was admitted to the ER on Thursday, July 7, with a saddle pulmonary embolism and blood clots in his lungs. A saddle pulmonary embolism is a rare type of blood clot that occurs in the pulmonary artery where it branches into the right and left lungs.
In an Instagram post last weekend, Aventer Gray, who co-pastors Relentless Church with John, asked for prayer, saying that her husband needed a miracle and that his life was in immediate danger. “To place this in perspective,” she said, “the doctor said that people have come into the hospital dead with this exact scenario he walked in with.” At the time, the doctor said that the pastor needed not to move, not even to walk or go to the bathroom.
Aventer posted an update several days later saying that her husband was being transferred to a hospital in Atlanta and indicating that a clot in his leg had disappeared. “If it is not faith, I don’t want it!!” she said. “I am ready for the rest of this miracle!!!…Thank you for your prayers and outpouring of love! Please continue!”
Relentless Church released a statement Wednesday, saying:
Pastor John Gray continues to be treated by [a] team of professionals now in Atlanta, GA after being transferred from Alabama for his condition. Pastor Aventer and the entire Relentless Church family are thankful for the abundance of well wishes and prayers for his safe and immediate recovery. Services will continue as planned and we will lift up the name of Jesus at this time. They continue to ask for privacy during their navigation of this time and remain appreciative of the outpouring of love and support.
In her June 14 post, Aventer quoted Psalm 46:10, which says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”