Dr. David L. Gray, minister of the Congregational Church of the Messiah in Westchester, was the co-recipient of the Harry R. Butman Award at the recent annual meeting of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches in Costa Mesa.

His son, the Rev. Doug Gray, senior pastor at the Second Congregational Church of Beloit, Wisconsin, shared the honor with him.

The Butman Award is given to a minister of at least ten years service in a National Congregational Christian Church and who is personally committed to Congregationalism.

Recently, Gray and his son revised the publication What It Means to Be a Member of a Congregational Church, originally written by his own father, Henry David Gray, one of the founders of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. The organization is composed of more than 400 churches throughout the United States.

Gray has been senior pastor at Messiah in Westchester since October 1996. He has also served churches in Connecticut, Kansas, Ohio, Michigan, and others in the Los Angeles area.

Serving in several local capacities, Gray is chairman of the Board of Managers of the Westchester YMCA and clergy representative on the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey, where he is a member of the Planning and Land Use Committee.

The award was presented to Gray on Sunday, July 18th, by Carol Cole, Messiah delegate to the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches.

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