James Gray
State Chaplain - Army

James W. Gray is also the VFW National Chaplain. Chaplain Gray, of Decatur, GA, was elected national chaplain of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. on July 26, 2017, at the 118th VFW National Convention in New Orleans, LA.

James served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955, earning his VFW eligibility by serving in Korea. He went on to serve in the United States Army Reserve until 1992. In recognition of his service, he received the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Medal, among others.

He joined the VFW in 1989 at Post 4706 in Decatur, GA, where he maintains his Gold Legacy Life membership. He has served as Post and District commander, District chaplain, and has served as Department chaplain since 2005, and Southern Conference chaplain since 2013.

James received his Bachelor of Science degree from Clark University. He became an ordained minister in 2014. James worked for IBM Corporation for 30 years, retiring in 1990. He then joined Prison Fellowship Ministries as director of in-prison programs, retiring in 1998.

He is a member of the Reserve Officer Association and the American Legion. James and his wife, Sadye, reside in Decatur, GA.