Pastor Chris Gray has been nominated to be the Central Bank of Sedalia Unsung Hero for July. 

Pastor Gray has been nominated for his work with helping local kids get essential food this summer through the Corona virus pandemic. His work with the Encounter Church started a few weeks ago, distributing food to the needy all throughout the west central Missouri area.

Pastor Gray says that he and his church were approached to do food distribution, and jumped on the opportunity.  Now, members of the church and volunteers from the community work with Pastor Gray to get meals organized, packed and delivered to 500 kids throughout the area.  That's about 225 families, by his estimation.

Food insecurity has been a bad problem before the pandemic, and adding to that with kids not being able to get school lunches, it only gets worse.  Every Monday, Pastor Gray and his volunteers get the food to the needy, some of whom are brought to tears of joy and appreciation because of it.

Pastor Gray says the recognition should really go to the parishioners and volunteers at Encounter Church who pitch in their time and energy to get these deliveries done every week.  They're not sure how long they'll keep doing the deliveries, but Pastor Gray says he will continue to deliver for at least another few weeks.

Pastor Gray has been in the area for about eight years, with his wife of twenty years and two children.  Listen to his interview with Randy Kirby here!


If you'd like to nominate someone you'd like to see recognized as a Central Bank of Sedalia Unsung Hero, go to for details.

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