The prayer was lead by Pastor John Gray, a large, kind-looking 40-something-year-old wearing a black t-shirt with "HoUSton" written on the front. Seeming more like a high school football coach than a traditional religious figure, Pastor John Gray had one arm slung around Bieber's shoulders, solidifying his place as the singer's bud, and the other around Jihad Turk, the former director of religious affairs at the Southern California Islamic Center, with Rabbi Ari Lukas standing beside them. As all four men prayed, the pastor ended his sentiments with, "and while we don't yet understand the purpose of this storm, we know you will guide us through the storms. So we close this prayer not with an 'amen', but with a phrase rooted in eternal hope, 'hallelujah'."
So just who is this uniting figure so important to the Biebs? Five things to know about Pastor John Gray below.
1. In September 2000, he realized his true calling was to impact youth through music.
"John accepted his first Youth Pastor’s position at The First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey under the leadership of DeForest Soaries," his website bio says. "It was while youth pastoring in New Jersey that John felt that he had found the call of God on his life: impact youth and young adults with the Word of God through music, comedy and preaching-all at the same time."
2. He's been featured in movies
Pastor John Gray has actually acted in multiple feature films, including Sister, Sister and Tyler Perry's The House of Payne.
3. He's not associated with Hillsong Church
Despite rumors and suspicions, Pastor John Gray is not associated with the controversial Hillsong Church that allegedly helped Bieber out of his downward spiral (that pastor's name is Carl Lentz, who happens to also dress in unsuspecting plaid). John Gray is the Associate Pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
4. He's a jewelry designer
Pastor John Gray and his wife Aventer Gray launched a collar stay line called "Stay by John Gray". The $50 matte metal collar stays were designed in partnership with Christian jewelry line Elevare Jewelry and are each engraved with the phrase "Sons Emerge" on one side and "Romans: 8:18-19" on the other.
5. Oprah Winfrey loves him so much she gave him his own show
Not only are the aforementioned collar stays marked as one of OWN's must-haves, but, in a controversial move thanks to the pastor's homophobic comments, Oprah's OWN Network picked up the pastor's reality TV series, The Book of John Gray, with new episodes every Saturday at 10/9 central.