on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
“The Book of John Gray” features the life of John Gray, Associate Pastor at Joel Osteen’s world-famous Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Known for his larger than life sense of humor and his special ability to connect with peoples’ hearts, he brings a message of hope and faith to everyone he meets. A healer, a husband, a father, and a bridge-builder, he’s not your daddy’s preacher. Raised by a single mother, John began preaching at the age of 21, toured as a singer with Grammy award-winning Gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin, and is renowned for his ability to blend comedy, music and entertainment into a unique style of preaching.
While he admits that he has faced his own enormous struggles and could easily have become a statistic, he has instead risen to prodigious success and is now trying to be the role model and father that he never had. John will give viewers unprecedented access into his life with his wife Aventer and their ministry as they help people in their community overcome life’s challenges, while John also faces his own relatable struggles and triumphs as a husband and father. The premiere season will introduce the dynamics within the Gray household including John’s emotional struggle with diabetes and Aventer’s medical challenges.
Among the people that John will work with and guide are a woman whose home was destroyed after a flood, causing her to lose her faith; a father concerned about his daughter’s dangerous addiction to alcohol; a couple trying to overcome infidelity on their path to the altar; and a military veteran who is trying to work through the trauma of sexual abuse suffered while serving her country, which brings up demons from John’s own painful past. Aventer also brings her motherly touch of ministry to the series as well, helping a woman find comfort in her difficulties with fertility and mentoring a group of African-American teens.
The first three episodes include:
The First Chapter
Saturday, April 15 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT)
Pastor John Gray counsels a single mother of three who has lost her faith after losing her home in the Baton Rouge floods. At home, John and his wife, Aventer, prepare for Aventer's parents to move in.
The Chapter On Unfaithfulness
Saturday, April 22 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT)
Aventer’s close friend comes to visit the Grays for some healing after a heartbreaking divorce. John counsels a couple trying to overcome infidelity on their path to the altar.
The Chapter On Miracles
Saturday, April 29 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT)
John seeks Aventer’s help to counsel a couple suffering from infertility. While John works with a woman who has taken in three kids and had two open heart surgeries, Aventer struggles to get him to face his own medical challenges and manage his diabetes.