Pastor John Gray of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina, who was accused of cheating on his wife, Aventer Gray, has finally spoken about the allegations.
The American pastor and his wife appeared on popular daytime talk show, The Real, where they addressed the cheating allegations.
During the interview, the Relentless Church pastor dismissed rumours claiming that he had cheated on his wife while they had an issue in their marriage a year ago. But said he had been talking to someone at the time and believe it was emotional cheating.
When Co-host Adrienne Bailon asked John if he was ever unfaithful.
He said: “No, I didn’t but over a year ago my wife and I were in a very difficult place in our marriage. And in that time, I began to converse with someone other than a counselor, other than a pastoral leader, which is where I should have taken my issues and challenges. [I] began to converse and was even in the presence of that person one time. But being in the presence of someone is not the same as sleeping with them.”
He also addressed rumors that he has a secret love child with the woman he allegedly cheated with.
“There’s no baby, there’s none of that. So it’s important for me to take responsibility for the areas where I did come short…sharing things about my marriage outside of my wife and outside of my counselors is an emotional affair. It was wrong. I take responsibility for that. But I will not take responsibility for that which I did not do.”
“As a pastor, it’s important for people to now that when I get up in that pulpit that I come not as a perfect man, but as a broken man. Which is why we talked about these very things in the first sermon of our church. People act like this is something brand new. But we’ve walked through this, we have peace, but people don’t. The genesis of this was over a year ago, but we talked about this in May at our church. We’re moving forward, we’re believing God that this will be an opportunity for other people to heal.”