about ccwc

A place where the people are in covenant with the community to worship Christ”. Despising not the days of small beginnings because we know that GREATER is on the way!

Pastor Columbus Gray

Pastor Columbus Gray, Jr is a native of New Albany, Mississippi. Born to the proud parents of Columbus, Sr and Tonnie Gray. He is happily married to Lady LaShawn Gray and the father of one son Caleb and daughter Nadia.

Pastor Gray graduated from W.P. Daniels High School in his hometown of Mississippi and was an avid basketball and baseball player.  After graduating from high school, Pastor Gray enlisted in the United States Navy where he served nine years before medically retiring, due to a keratoconus, an eye disease that left him legally blind.  After several surgeries and a cornea transplant, Pastor Gray’s vision was restored with the aid from corrective lenses to enhance the overall process to correcting his vision.

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He knew at an early age he was called to the ministry, just unsure as to the capacity of ministry until he encountered many life-threatening events in his life. He accepted the call to preach the Gospel in October of 2001 and preached his initial sermon entitled, “To Obey or Not to Obey”. He received his certificate of license to minister from Hebron Cornerstone Church International (Pastor K. L. Warren). Pastor Gray served on the ministerial staff, intercessory prayer team, co-chair of the Men’s Ministry and as one of the teachers for the ministry’s weekly Church School. Pastor Gray credits his growth in ministry to the late Bishop Hardy L. Coleman, Sr. (Flatwood Grove Church of the Living God, Blue Mountain, MS), Pastor Karol L. Warren, Pastor Kerry A. Smith (Discipleship Tabernacle, Virginia Beach, VA) and the late Elder James C. Little, Sr. (Miracles of Faith Church of God in Christ, Chesapeake, VA).

After years of assisting pastors and other ministries, the Lord spoke to him and Covenant Community Worship Center was birthed (January 2015). Services were initially held in the living room of the family’s home with his wife and son as the first members.  The Lord impressed upon him in March of 2015 to move to his former office (C & N Enterprise) on Pardue Court in Virginia Beach. The office’s capacity was that of twenty people. The ministry seemed to be growing slow, but Pastor Gray knew the Lord had called him to pastor and he stood firm on the church’s foundation scripture Isaiah 43:4, “Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee:  Therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.”  He preached in that small office as if preaching to thousands, until the power of God filled the room.  Eventually, people came to visit, some joined and left while others came and stayed. One Wednesday night during Prayer and Bible Study Chat the Lord spoke to Pastor Gray and laid on his heart that it was time to move out of the small office and to go look for a space large enough to house the souls that were coming. Being Spirit led, Pastor Gray strategically was in pursuit of a building, making sure he was in tune with the Word of God. After months of praying and seeking God for the perfect location, December 2017 Covenant Community Worship Center moved into our current facility located in Chesapeake on Live Oak Drive.

After years of owning and operating his own commercial cleaning and mobile detailing business the Lord spoke to him and said it was time to REST! He taught a series on “rest” and Holy Spirit opened a door for him to do just that. Without the stress and pressure of running and maintaining a small business, he accepted a position as a service manager with Toyota Checkered Flag.

He is currently enrolled at Union Christian Bible Institute, Inc. under the auspices of Dr. D.A Peace, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Theology and serves as Senior Pastor of Covenant Community Worship Center, a place where the people are in covenant with the community to worship Christ.

He lives by his favorite scripture, Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding but in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

Lady LaShawn A. Gray

Minister LaShawn A. Gray was born and raised in the Berkley section of Norfolk, Virginia to the proud parents of Gracie C. Butts and the late Elford Dawkins, Jr.

Minister Gray is a graduate of Oscar F. Smith High School where she was the Chaplain for the class of 1989, which comes as no surprise due to her faith and belief in God. She has an Associate degree in Education from Tidewater Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Norfolk State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Regent University.

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Minister Gray accepted the Lord at a young age and although not perfect has maintained a personal relationship with Christ, throughout her life.  For years she has ministered in song, directed choirs, written dramatic presentations, organized and planned events and has been a part of Sister Sister Entertainment gracing the stage debuting her acting skills in “When The Devil Is At Your Door” and “The Redemption Center” and also, TRS Productions as the lead character for the phenomenal gospel stage play “The Ninth Hour”.

 

She is happily married to Minister Columbus Gray, Jr. and the mother of one son Caleb and stepdaughter Nadia. She received her certificate of license to minister in 2008 from Hebron Cornerstone Church International (Pastor K.L. Warren). Minister Gray has served as Youth Director and a part of the ministerial staff at Discipleship Tabernacle in Virginia Beach (Pastor Kerry A. Smith), she currently assists her husband at Covenant Community Worship Center.   

 

Minister Gray was employed as a pre-school teacher with Head Start for 16 years and currently is a Special Education teacher with Chesapeake Public Schools.  In 2013, she launched Lady La Gray Ministries, a ministry geared toward empowering believers who are already equipped with gifts and talents that need a positive support system.  She lives by one of her favorite scriptures Romans 8:18 which says, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us”, with the belief that whatever obstacles we face in life are ONLY TEMPORARY!