James Gray

Class of 1958

2005 Hall of Fame

                  James (Jim) Gray is a native of Goshen where he attended all 12 years in the original old school building. Playing  on the State Championship baseball team in 1958, the year he graduated, remains one of his best memories there.    He served a local church for many years and was ordained into the ministry, moving to Chicago for three years to work in an Alcohol Recovery program.

                After helping to found Teen Challenge, a residental facility in Clermont County on 165 acres donated to the program by a local doctor. That program still thrives today in 2014. He furthered his education at Jacksonville Theological Seminary, earning a master's degree in Biblical Counseling and Theology.

                Jim worked as a Chaplin in the Criminal Justice system in several different setting, including Cincinnati, and Hamilton, Ohio, teaching "Life Skills" to young men in preparation for their reentry into society after imprisonment.

               Jim married his High School sweetheart, Naomi Yeary, Class of 1959 and 54 years later, they are enjoying retirement in the Mason, Ohio area.  They are the parents of three children, Randall, Sonya and Rodney who have blessed them with four grandchildren!. Life remains fulfilling with travel and interacting with family.


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