Pastor Don Grady was born and raised in S.E. Washington, D.C. and attended Fourth Presbyterian Church in Northwest D.C. where he sat under the tutelage of a Biblical pastor-scholar. Following graduation from the University of the District of Columbia with a degree in math and science, he taught math for a year at Kramer Junior High School which he himself had attended. During this time he felt the urge to attend seminary – not to go into the pastorate, but to become an educated layman. He received the Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, after which he taught another year of math in D.C., this time at an all-black junior high school.
He then received a call to pastor the Fairhaven Presbyterian Church in Fairhaven, Ohio, a small but active community of farmers about fifty miles north of Cincinnati. His next pastorate was on the west coast of Florida, first at the Crystal River Presbyterian Church and then at a new church development in Citrus Springs. After twelve years in Florida, Pastor Grady was called to serve three churches in the Birmingham, AL, area – Pinson, Leeds and Mountain Brook, the latter being a suburb of Birmingham.
In September of 1987, the Gradys moved to Sevierville when Pastor Grady was called to the Sevierville First Presbyterian Church where he served for sixteen years, “officially” retiring in 2003. During his years of ministry he continued his education by taking doctoral courses at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. Since “retirement” he has served New Prospect Presbyterian Church in South Knoxville and Shannondale Presbyterian Church in Northeast Knoxville.
Married to Alice Grady, they have three children and eight grandchildren. Don and Alice continue to serve the community in various ways. They present a “hymn-sing/devotional service” at Fort Sanders Sevier Nursing Home every Wednesday and sing in three community choruses. Pastor Grady serves on the Board of Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministry as well as the Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic Board. As an RN, Alice volunteered at the Clinic as well as leading a Bible Study for staff members. Their major hobby is world travel, having visited about 60 countries at last count.