Reverend Carey A. Grady was
appointed the Pastor of Reid
Chapel African Methodist
Episcopal Church in
Columbia, South Carolina by
the Right Reverend Richard
Franklin Norris, Presiding
Prelate of the 7th Episcopal
District of the African
Methodist Episcopal Church
at the 7th Episcopal
District Post Convocation
and Theological Institute on
November 14, 2014.
Rev. Carey A Grady is a
native of Charleston, S.C.
and a product of the public
school system. He received a
Bachelor of Arts in History
from Howard University,
Washington, D.C. and the
Master of Divinity from
Turner Theological Seminary
at the Interdenominational
in Atlanta, GA.
While a student at Howard,
Rev. Grady was a tutor and
afterschool counselor at the
Center, interned at the
National Museum of American
History in the Duke
Ellington Collection, served
as a Congressional Black
Caucus Intern and later a
Patricia Roberts Harris
Intern for Congressman James
Clyburn and a Communication
Intern at Amnesty
International in the
While in college Rev. Grady accepted his call to Ministry
and upon Graduation enrolled at the Turner Theological
Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in
Atlanta, Georgia. In Seminary he worked in Student
Government and was a Teaching Assistant to Rev. Dr. Mark
Lomax, Professor of Homiletics. During his Sr. Year in
Seminary Rev. Grady was assigned to pastor Bethlehem AME
Church in Belton, S.C. Upon graduation he worked for the
Democratic Party of Georgia from 2000-2001
Rev. Grady has pastored 4 Churches including: Bethlehem AME
Church, Belton, S.C. Shiloh AME Church, McCormick, S.C. St.
Peter AME Church, Decatur, Illinois and Bethel AME Cathedral
of Indianapolis, Indiana.
While in S.C. he was named Minister of the Year by the
McCormick County Chamber of Commerce for the 2002-2003 year.
At Shiloh AME Church he led the Church in the remodeling of
the sanctuary, installation of a state of the arts sound
system to produce tapes and CDís of the morning worship
services and the installation of Stained Glass Windows
In February of 2005 he did the Opening Prayer at the
Illinois State Assembly, State Representatives. In October
2006 he was named clergy of the Month by the AME Christian
Recorder during National Clergy Appreciation Month, in the
summer of 2008 he was named "20 Under 40" by the Central
Illinois Midwestern Business Journal for excellence in
community and civic activity. While in Decatur, Rev. Grady
and the St. Peter family were known for their Community
Outreach to young people and there Radio Broadcasts.
Rev. Grady has served on numerous Community and Non-Profit
Boards. In McCormick he served on the McCormick Community
Development Enrichment Corporation (MCDEC), in Decatur,
Illinois he served on the Neighborhood Housing Development
Corporation (NHDC) and the Decatur African-American
Genealogical & Historical Society (Decatur, Illinois).
Rev. Grady was a Wabash Pastoral Leadership Fellow for the
2010-2012 year: Served on the Indiana Villages Healthy
Families Advisory Council and is a founding member of the
Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCan), a faith
based Community Organization and affiliate of PICO People
Improving Communities through Organizing.
While at Bethel, the oldest African American Church in the
state of Indiana, Bethel went through an extensive
renovation process. Rev. Grady was also the Executive
Director of the Friends of Bethel Indianapolis Community
Development Corporation. He is also a proud member of Phi
Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Rev. Grady is the youngest child of Bishop ZL and Mrs. C.R.
Grady and is most appreciative that at a Young age he was
nurtured in the faith by his parents and siblings. While
Rev. Grady is well accomplished, it is important to note
that he grew up with a severe Speech Impediment from age 6
until age 20. He knows he was healed by God. He lives by
Rev. Grady is married to Mrs. India Clemons-Grady a native
of Springfield, Illinois. Mrs. Grady is an accomplished
teacher. She was a tenured teacher in the Springfield,
Illinois Public School System and is presently a 1st Grade
Teacher in the Lawrence Township School District of
Indianapolis, Indiana where she is the 1st Grade Teacher
Team Leader. Mrs. Grady holds a Bachelor of Science in
Biology from the University of Illinois, Chicago Campus and
a Masters in Reading Instruction from Western Illinois
Rev. Grady is blessed to be living and working out his
calling. He lives by these words.
"For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper
than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and
spirit, between joint and marrow, It exposes our innermost
thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from
God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he
is the one to whom we are accountable?