Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2021-11-24 10:55:10 –
REV. Glen Grayson SR., Pastor of Wesley Center AME Zion Church in Hill District.
Competition in the State Capitol is intensifying
People often see Rev. Glenn Grayson Sr. around, you would think he was already a representative of the state.
In fact, he said, “The world is my parish. My work is not just in my four walls.”
Rev. Grayson has worked as a champion in his community throughout his life, especially for young people. He came to Pittsburgh in 1995 as the new pastor of the Wesley Center AME Zion Church in the Hill district and is now the longest serving pastor of the church. He created The Center that CARES, which runs the Geron X. Grayson Center. This is a safe place to actively support hundreds of junior high and high school students each year. He opened the CARES Communi TEA Cafe at the Center of Hill District-Heldman Plaza. Here, young people are hired to acquire valuable work skills.
But Rev. Grayson told Courier that his work would never end. He told Courier exclusively that he felt the time was right. He has announced that he will run for the state representative of the 19th House District, which will open after confirming that Jake Wheatley will be transferred to Deputy Mayor Pittsburgh in January.
“I feel that I have more than 25 years of hands-on experience as a community leader and that I can become an asset in District 19 on a larger level,” Rev. Grayson said in November. I told Courier. 22. Despite his best knowledge of the Hill district, he makes it clear that he is ready to represent the entire 19th district, including downtown, Auckland, Northside, Southside Hilltop, and parts of Hazelwood. I wanted to.
“On behalf of the state, I pour my heart and soul into the entire district,” he said.
Rev. Grayson was born in Brooklyn, New York. One of nine children (eight boys, one girl). He attended Livingstone College, an HBCU in Salisbury, North Carolina, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and business administration. Rev. Grayson earned a Master of Theology from the Hood Theology Seminar, also in Salisbury. He then completed a year of clinical livestock education at the former Charlotte Memorial Hospital.
Rev. Grayson was a pastor of two churches before coming to Pittsburgh. He knew that, like his predecessor, Rev. Charles H. Foggy, his call was to “jump into the work of justice and equality.”
But in 2010, the tragedy struck the Grayson family. Geron, the son of Rev. Grayson, was shot deadly at a party near the campus of the University of Pennsylvania California. He was 18 years old.
“It’s not a natural order for parents to bury their children,” Rev. Grayson told Courier. “Jeron has influenced life and society, and we knew that we could just go down or get worse to get better. As a family. We devoted ourselves to work. “
Rev. Grayson said his family has become committed to the “don’t touch the gun” mantra that teaches young people to this day.
Center That CARES has grown from a “mom and pop” organization to receive millions of grants to influence thousands of families since the Hill District. The Geron X. Grayson Center itself holds four to six weekly events to support its mission.
In 2022, Rev. Grayson, the father of Glen Grayson Jr., Shinora Johnson, and the husband of Marsha Grayson told the Courier that they wanted to represent Harrisburg’s 19th district. He vows to help pass laws that bring more finances to the communities he represents. He vows to make a difference. He swear to be concrete.
“We are not particular about the problem. We will find a solution,” said Rev. Grayson. “That’s why I think I’m a great candidate. I’m an original, futuristic thinker, very determined and very focused. I’ve taken a little and made a lot of history. there is.”
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