Joan is a woman of deep faith in God. That faith was severely tested in 1988 when Joan not only found out that her very ill husband had AIDS but that she had been infected by him and was now HIV+. “I feared my children would become orphans. I felt such grief and pain for the trauma that had entered their lives. I struggled with my mortality.” But the Lord still had a life ahead for Joan and she knew it. He loved her.
In 1991, Joan, who holds a Masters of Social Work and who was a licensed therapist, met Galen Gray, now a Professor of Spanish at Vanguard University. They were married in 1994 joining not only their hearts but also their last names.
Today they oversee the Hispanic area of the ministry of He Intends Victory. It was through their diligent and hard work that the book, He Intends Victory, by author Dan Wooding, was published in Spanish at the beginning of 2001.
Joan and Galen live in Costa Mesa, California.