John Gray to return to his Greenville church after suffering from rare kind of embolism

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After being hospitalized for about two weeks with a rare form of embolism, Relentless Church Pastor John Gray is to return to church services in Greenville on Sunday.

The services are to begin at 8:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the church on Haywood Road.

Gray was released from the hospital in late July, when he posted a picture of an empty hospital bed on Facebook.

He'd suffered from a saddle pulmonary embolism, a rare type of blockage of an artery in the lungs that can be life-threatening, according to his wife, Aventer Gray.

Previous coverage: Support pours in for Pastor John Gray, hospitalized with 'severe' pulmonary embolism

Aventer said his was, indeed, a "life or death" situation. She said that if the embolism had moved to the left of John's body, it would have affected his heart, and if it moved to right, it would have affected his lungs and blood flow.

As he was released, John thanked his wife, his church and his doctors for helping him on a speedy recovery.

"Because of God, this bed is now a testimony," Gray's Facebook post read. "As I wave goodbye to this bed, I say God thank you for saving and sparing my life. Yes, I have a long way to go, but I’m not dead — so that’s a great start."

Gray came to Greenville in 2018 from Houston, Texas, where he served as an associate pastor under megachurch leader Joel Osteen. Gray took over the Redemption Church congregation and buildings and rebranded the church as Relentless Church when Redemption pastor Ron Carpenter announced he was moving his ministry to California.

Support from Carpenter, Carl McClurney, pastor at New Harvest Ministries in Mauldin, and others have poured in since Gray's hospitalization.

Check back for more on this developing story.

Tamia Boyd is a Michigan native who covers breaking news in Greenville. Email her at tboyd@gannett.com, and follow her on Twitter @tamiamb.

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