Longest Consecutive Service to FBCA
Fort Bend Christian Academy's 30th Anniversary is a perfect time to reflect on dedicated individuals who have encouraged students and supported the growth and mission of the school, glorifying God through excellence in college-preparatory Christian education. There are many people who have made a difference at FBCA, including Mrs. Inajo Gray who has served the school for nearly 25 years!
Before she was an employee, Gray directed the Mother’s Day Out program at First Baptist Sugar Land. Fort Bend Baptist Academy moved to the First Baptist Sugar Land campus and needed to use classrooms in the preschool area. Gray became the liaison between the two schools, and it allowed her to see what Fort Bend Baptist Academy was all about. Dr. Meell, the Superintendent, asked Gray if she knew anyone with a degree in physical education.
“I have a physical education degree,” Gray told Meell.
Surprised, Meell asked if Gray would interview for the job.
“God had just laid it on my heart that it was time to go to work full-time using my degree,” Gray said. “I have been here ever since.”
Gray officially joined the staff in 1993 as the school’s first degreed physical education teacher, and she remembers it as “the year of firsts."
“I got to be on the ground floor of building athletic teams,” she said. “I started the first volleyball team with 24 girls and four volleyballs. We had a very successful season and even made it to the championship game for our area. There were no cheerleaders, so my volleyball team also became the first cheerleaders. We held our first school pep rally and had just as much fun being cheerleaders as we did volleyball players. My maroon minivan was the first ‘school bus’ transporting volleyball players all over the area.”
Gray helped to form the Booster Club, and she and the group of volunteers held the first athletic banquet. Green and gold were not always the school colors, and Gray was behind that change, too.
“I was one of the first to speak up and say that we needed to change our school colors from teal green and white to a bolder color,” she said. “Our flag football team in teal and white . . . not so good.”
Gray’s athletic and leadership skills were broad and valuable, especially as the school continued to grow. She got to coach the first swim team and help with the first softball team.
“It was fun being in the beginning stages of a quickly growing school,” she said. “Some ideas worked and some did not. We all had so much fun working together and watching what God could do through our staff, parents and students.”
Physical education changed over the years, Gray said. Rather than focusing on games, the goal shifted to learning the fundamentals of movement through sports, rhythms and exercise. Gray is responsible for the Jump Off, Basketball Tournament and Field Day and the popular Rodeo Day Program. For the 2017 Rodeo Day, Gray collaborated with Tony Slate’s sign language students who helped lead the students, faculty and family members in the worship song “How Great is Our God.”
“I heard many rave reviews about the Rodeo Day finale,” Head of School, Dr. Pitre said. “One would have to have a heart of stone not to be touched and inspired by what we all saw.”
The Mission of FBCA
Although she witnessed many changes in Fort Bend Christian Academy throughout the years, her favorite aspect about the school is unwavering.
“This is a God-centered school,” Gray said. “We have changed locations, staff and administrators have come and gone, but God is the same every day. He has led this school and continues to lead. That is why I love working here.”
Supporting the mission of FBCA, Gray teaches her subject from a biblical perspective, and all of her programs have a message.
“This school allows me to be able to teach that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,” Gray said. “Our bodies are truly a miracle—a gift from God—and learning how to take care of our bodies for His service is my passion. I get to show students how to share Christ through these programs and then get to watch them shine.”
When she is not in the gym at school, you can find Gray working out at a fitness gym. She enjoys step aerobics, cycling, weights, yoga, Pilates and more. Her five young grandchildren call her “JoJo” and keep her busy. She has been married for 40 years to her high school sweetheart who supports her love for fitness and works out with her.
“Time is gone in a blink of an eye,” she said. “I pray that what I have done in that “blink” has made a difference for His kingdom.”
Fort Bend Christian Academy is a private, co-ed school located in Sugar Land, Texas. FBCA serves grades PK through 12 and is currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. To learn more, schedule a tour online.