Walking The Text (WTT) is a crowdfunded, registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We create engaging resources and study trips to help people understand the Bible in its original context so that they can learn, love, and live it out every day.
We do this through video teachings, podcasts, written resources, speaking at live events, and leading study trips to both Israel and Turkey.
We believe context is everything, and in order to understand the Bible well, we must read it through the lenses of its original context (historical, cultural, geographical, visual, linguistic, and literary). Only when we first understand what it meant for the people back then can we truly understand and apply what it means for us today. By engaging the Text (Bible) in context and walking it out, the Bible comes alive in ways many haven’t experienced, and it compels them to passionately live out the way of Jesus more intentionally in their lives.
WTT was founded by Brad Gray.
There are moments in life that change everything. For Brad, such a moment occurred when he first discovered there was an entire world behind the Bible. Understanding this world was the key to unlocking the confusion and discouragement he felt when reading the Bible. What he found was that the Bible was infinitely more stunning, compelling, and relevant than he ever knew. This launched him into a lifelong pursuit of studying the Bible in its original context, and finding helpful ways to communicate his learnings so others could experience the transformational power and joy that occurs when engaging the Bible in its context. For the last fourteen years, Brad has spent his life helping thousands of people do exactly that.
Brad has traveled extensively to the biblical lands of Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, and Greece, and has been leading study trips to Israel and Turkey since 2010. He is a national speaker, published author (Make Your Mark: Getting Right What Samson Got Wrong), and former teaching pastor, with over 10 years of experience serving in multiple local churches.
Brad has been instrumental in the creation of the Institute of Biblical Context, a groundbreaking 3-day conference on biblical context, in which he serves on the faculty. Additionally, Brad serves as a faculty instructor in the area of communication for both StoryBrand and Gray Institute.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, Michigan), a Masters of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), and has done additional graduate work at Jerusalem University College (Jerusalem, Israel).
Brad and his wife, Shallon, live with their four children in Nashville, Tennessee.