Steve Gray’s untold damage

I have known for some time that about this. I knew that Pastor Steve and Kathy Gray had wounded alot of people in Smithton, Missouri. The Smithton Outpouring was amazing but don’t fool yourself, there was alot of man in the movement as well.

Some of them even hold that moving to Kansas City and re-branding as World Revival Church of Kansas City was an attempt to provide some discsti to the wounds that he put in people’s lives while in Smithton, Missouri.

One thing we do know is he moved to Kansas City, closed the church in Smithton, left dozens of families without a church home, all in order to build himself a “big ministry.” This is hypocrisy at its’ highest level.

While I would agree with others that the lucky ones were the ones that couldn’t move to Kansas City; they got delivered by the control and manipulation of the Jezebel spirit that is Steve and Kathy Gray.

Steve Gray leaves the people he wounds

Back in 2001, Christianity Today wrote an article about how some of the people got wounded by Steve Gray just picking everything up and moving to Kansas City, about 60 families followed him blindly. 32 families did not give up their lives for a mere man.

Many of the people that stayed back were disillusioned and disturbed. They lost their church in a town that there is not too many options to find a Spirit filled option to worship. My guess would be they ended up quitting church all together or they drove up to Sedalia to worship.

One of those members, according to the article, said, “”We wanted more of God, unfortunately, we surrendered our lives to a movement and a man’s revival.” Let those words settle: surrendered lives to a man’s revival. The Smithton Outpouring and later World Revival Church was about Steve Gray and his “revival.”

True Revival heals the broken hearts, not wound those who can’t be used. Smithton was a town that was used, abused, then left for brokenness. An old friend of mine in the Assemblies of God from Sedalia told me to not attend meetings because Steve Gray had never repented from witchcraft. I did not take it serious but looking back; I have to agree.

What is really concerning to me is Steve Gray blames the people who didn’t buy into his teaching for leaving. According to the article, he said, “They were disgruntled before the move, and that played a heavy role in the decision to move.” Wait a minute? Are you blaming the people who are hurt for being the victims? Do you blame the one who is raped or the rapist? Think about it!

I remember going to the meetings where Steve Gray would preached the cloud was moving and everyone must follow the fire. The problem with his teaching is we are not the Israelites and we are not living in the book of Exodus. We must remember the Cross changed it all! 

Steve Gray is too big for tiny Smithton

We determined that we couldn’t grow in the middle of nowhere.

Those are the words of Steve Gray. He did not care about the presence of God falling on people; he cared about having Steve Gray Ministries. The focus was always on him, his ministry, and his future. The people were merely supporting cast.

While the logical thing would have been to moved the services to much larger Sedalia that has many large facilities that are only use two week a year, (It is the home of the Missouri State Fair) buying an old K-Mart was the mind of Steve Gray. He was worried about building his ministry, not building the Kingdom of God. Moving to Sedalia was to close to people he had wounded and he couldn’t build an international following.

The land in Kansas City on View High Drive was paid for by members of Smithton Community Church that he wounded to build a ministry. Almost a half million dollars of it in all. That is not how the Holy Spirit moves, Steve and Kathy Gray.

Another interesting thing is 80% of the leadership of Smithton Community Church did not relocate and was left out in the cold by him. If it was really God, wouldn’t all the leadership hear the same word from the Holy Spirit? 20% did and 80% did not.

Douglas Galey, a former deacon at the church went on to say, “I didn’t give money to build Steve Gray’s kingdom.”

Steve Gray and his Kingdom?

A Kingdom is a politically organized community or major territorial unit having a monarchical form of government headed by a king or queen. In order to have a kingdom you have to have a political community, a center leader, and a strong legal system.

Steve Gray does have around him a very strong political system that are loyal to him with their lives. These are the people who moved to Kansas City. There is no question that he is the center of the kingdom and the legal system is there. Question his rule and you will be removed from the kingdom and his ministry. The stories of people excommunicated from World Revival Church are many.

According to the article, Steve Gray thinks, “The move was the smartest thing we did, there were some individuals along the way who wanted to go back to another lifestyle. But those who have grown have maintained their enthusiasm.”

As I read that, he believes that if you did not follow him blindly, you was backsliding and would setting yourself up for spiritual failure. This is nowhere close to biblical. Not even close. The Holy Spirit does not live in locations; He lives in hearts. God moved where people are hungry.

I went to the meetings in Smithton and dozens of them when they was in Kansas City. I remember the gospel tent. I remember moving into the building, building the second building and begging everyone to build the House of Hope and Healing that hardly is even used.

I remember the Smithton Outpouring.  

  • JD King and Revival? | Azusa Review
    May 24, 2017 - 1:15 pm

    […] remember the first day that I met him on the side of Smithton Community Church during the Smithton Outpouring. He wanted revival in every heart, home and city in America. He was […]

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  • JD King and Revival? | Azusa Review
    May 24, 2017 - 1:15 pm

    […] remember the first day that I met him on the side of Smithton Community Church during the Smithton Outpouring. He wanted revival in every heart, home and city in America. He was […]

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  • […] know of World Revival Church and Steve Gray but the history goes back to what is known as the Smithton Outpouring that was not in Kansas City. […]

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  • Brandon
    September 18, 2018 - 6:07 am

    I visited the Smithton Outpouring. The glory and Presence of God was real. God uses imperfect people because there are no other kind. I will honor what the Lord did there with out stumbling over the mistakes of man (if that would be the case). Have Your way Holy Spirit

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  • Tom Panich
    February 5, 2019 - 7:51 am

    The Smithton Outpouring was a real movement of God’s powerful Spirit upon His people who simply cried out to God to come and He did. One will answer to God for the judgments made against Smithton Community Church and WRC.

    God bless you,
    Tom Panich

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  • Linda
    February 27, 2019 - 4:15 am

    Steve gray visited our church after this revival began ,to preach. He began to pray for people down front and I went down for prayer. He blatantly refused to pray for or with me. He said I had too much anger due to abuse as a child. That I needed help. But he wouldnt even pray with me. He touched everyone’s head praying but went completely around me. This is not what Jesus would have done. I think about this alot. It haunts me and makes me feel like God doesnt love me. It makes me think I’d be better off if I werent in this world. It wasnt my fault I was abused as a child. But he made me feel like my abuser accusing me for what happened to me. I’d like to one day forgive pastor gray. I pray he wakes up to what he does and says to people. This is wrong.

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    • Peter Vandever
      March 1, 2019 - 2:25 pm

      Not at all surprising.

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    May 2, 2019 - 4:55 pm

    I am so sad to hear these false accusations, but I am so thankful we moved to Kansas City, Mo. We still see lives being touched and changed by the power of God, I have many a time picked people up from the KCI airport ,which is now less than a hour drive to WRC many pastors and leaders,to encounter more of God and get their ministries restored, This beautiful House of Hope and Healing on the church property has many many testimonies of lives being healed, physically and emotionally, with lots of financial breakthroughs, run by volunteers.The Revival Training Center is going strong and many are being raised up as powerful, leaders right here in K.C. our Lee’s Summit Academy has a outstanding programs for children from pre-school to senior high graduates with great success.Living in Kansas City has better accommodations for our world of 2019 Our church has many open doors to Israel,we are blessed to be apart of this ministry, Pastor Steve & Kathy Gray are doing a fabulous job of raising up strong leaders to advance the kingdom of God.

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    • Azusa Report
      May 2, 2019 - 5:04 pm

      I have tried to discuss the concerns with JD several times before publishing the articles. He wont even talk to me. I have even openly offered a academic debate on revival. I have been in many meetings in Smithton and Kansas City. It was my home church for a while when IHOPKC first started. Let me put it clear: If JD or Steve address the concerns; I will gladly remove these articles.

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