|Collection||Oral History Collection|
|Year Range from||2006|
|Year Range to||2006|
|Narrator's name||Gray, Robert A.|
Transcript of Robert Gray oral history as interviewed by Maria McLeod on October 4, 2006.
Robert Gray, interviewed by Maria McLeod, 10/04/2006. Bob Gray discusses how he started the Presbyterian Church in Issaquah, the history of the church, the social services provided through the church, and influential people of Issaquah.
In this interview with Robert Gray recorded on October 4, 2006, Robert Gray describes:
Page 1: How he came to the greater Seattle area and was asked to start a Presbyterian Church in Issaquah;
Page 2: How a new church is created and organized, and his formal seminary training;
Page 3: Issaquah in 1966, and his early congregation who met at an elementary school on Pine Lake;
Page 4: How he proposed a church of people, not of buildings;
Page 5: His immediate family;
Page 6: What it was like having his first church, Issaquah as a small town, and the Issaquah School District;
Page 7: The charter members of the Presbyterian Church, and how he tried different seating arrangements for Sunday services;
Page 8: How he added folk hymns to the service, how he asked for questions and comments after the sermon, and how he stopped wearing robes;
Page 9: How circular seating created a community, and the importance of community;
Page 10: The Forum Theater;
Page 11: The Forum Bookstore, and how he re-started multi-denominational minister lunch meetings;
Page 12: How the Forum Bookstore became a coffeehouse and space for performances on Friday nights;
Page 13: How his church helped remodel the Issaquah Theater, and how both the Forum Theater and Forum Bookstore came to an end;
Pages 14-15: How he helped start the first sidewalk arts fair, a food bank, a clothing bank, and an emergency financial aid program;
Page 16: Stories of people he had helped through the various social services;
Page 17: How all the social services he helped begin became today's Issaquah Valley Community Services;
Page 18: Gilman Village;
Pages 19-20: His first wife's suicide, and how his mother moved to help him with his daughters;
Page 21: His second wife Patty McInnis;
Page 22: How the church had no buildings of its own, but did have Sunday school, Bible study and a book group; and how he attended city council meetings;
Page 23: Forward Thrust, how Seattle lost the chance at mass transit, and how he helped start the Eastside Sexual Assault Center for Children;
Page 24: The community center, and Music on the Green;
Pages 25-27: How the Issaquah Group for Health and Environmental Research (now Seattle Biomedical Research Institute) came to be;
Pages 27-28: How the church community began to sponsor families from Vietnam and Russia;
Pages 29-31: A peace journey to Russia;
Page 32: Funding for social services, and the city's budget;
Page 33: How he arrived in Issaquah at just the right time;
Page 34: How schools need more financial support, and Tim Eyman's initiatives;
Pages 34-35: Influential people of Issaquah and in his life, and the Issaquah Hall of Fame;
Pages 35-36: How the program to help seniors with the upkeep of their homes continues.
City of Issaquah
Issaquah Food Bank
Issaquah High School
Issaquah School District
Social and Personal Activity
Culver, A. J.
Flintoft, James William
Garrison, Duaine A. "Dag"
Gray, Robert A.
Hansen, Keith M.
Rowley, George W. Jr. "Skip"
Rowley, George W., Sr.
Shearer, Ruth Whisler
St. Hilaire, Alice