Dr. Dray A. Bland, Lead Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Dray A. Bland is a native of Haines City, FL, where he spent the majority of his formative years. The Rev. Dr. Dray Bland received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the Friendship Baptist Church of Dundee, FL. The Rev. Dray Bland surrendered to the gospel ministry at an early age, was licensed to the Gospel ministry in March 1999 and was ordained July of 2007 by the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Dundee, FL under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Edward E. Bland.
The Rev. Dr. Dray Bland was educated in the public schools of Polk County, FL. He matriculated at Florida State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Science and Religion, as well as, a Certificate of Public Administration. While studying at FSU, Reverend Bland was selected to serve the state of Florida as a gubernatorial intern in the Executive Office of the Governor. He was also inducted into the Garnet and Gold Key Honor Society. After completing FSU he attended seminary at Duke University Divinity School where he received the Master of Divinity and a Certificate in Baptist Studies. Currently, Rev. Bland received the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Southern Methodist University (Perkins School of Theology) in December 2015.