Kevin Vincent Gresham, Sr. was the
only child born to the parents of the late Mr. & Mrs. Jack Gresham.
He was born on February 24, 1961, Baltimore, Maryland. His father died
when he was at the tender age of fourteen and his mother, a strong God-fearing
woman provided a wholesome and spiritual home environment throughout the
remainder of his childhood. Educated in Baltimore Public Schools, Bishop
Gresham graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1979 and pursued
his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. There
he graduated with honors and received his Bachelor of Arts degree. Bishop
Gresham later attended Howard University and in 1999 received his Master
of Divinity degree. His academic honors were many, including membership
in the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Strathmore's Who's Who List and Howard
University Academic Dean's list.
Gresham grew up in the Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland,
where he was very active in church ministries including piano for the
Sunday School. He entered the preaching ministry on April 18, 1978 and
was ordained by the late Reverend Dr. Howard R. Queen when he was 18 years
old. Known as the "Happy Glad Preacher", Bishop Gresham is blessed
to have had many colleagues who made a significant impact in the shaping
and molding of his spiritual growth.
Gresham was united in holy matrimony to the former Miss Denise Bargar
on November 24, 1984. God has blessed this union and they are the proud
parents of two handsome sons, Kevin Vincent Gresham, II and Dishon William
April 9, 1989, at the age of 28, Bishop Gresham humbly accepted his call
to become senior Pastor of the Greater Saint John Church (GSJ), formerly
St. John Free Will Baptist Church, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. After
his installation services on June 4, 1989, Bishop Gresham immediately
went to work, winning souls for Christ. The GSJ teaching ministry has
grown GREATER under Bishop Gresham's anointed and prophetic leadership.
During his 15 year tenure, GSJ has achieved a victorious track record
of success, including: 1) tremendous growth in discipleship, from 135
to over 2,000 disciples; 2) addition of two Sunday Worship services
to accommodate the increased discipleship; 3) increased spiritual growth
and participation amongst disciples as indicated through the ordination
of many Deacons, Deaconesses, and Associate Ministers; 4) hiring of a
full time administrative staff; and 5) organization of a "Super Sunday"
worship service and picnic (in the park) that attracted over 2,000 participants.
Gresham remains steadfast in his faith to win souls for Christ. By doing
the Will of God, he continues to receive favor from God which has paved
the way for him to spearhead the effort for construction of Greater Saint
John's new 32,000 square feet Church and sanctuary that will include 1,500+
Gresham is in his 25th year of celebrating God's work. More than the honors
and degrees which have been bestowed upon him, Bishop Gresham is proud
that he OBEYED THE CALL OF GOD ON HIS LIFE.