Steve Spray has been working at an Alabama Chick-Fil-A for a decade now. People who frequent the restaurant know him as Mr. Steve and are used to seeing and talking to him on every visit.
“He ministers to them every day,” the restaurant owner said. “He gets the opportunity to talk to people, love on the kids. He’s always offering prayer. He’s always encouraging and coaching up our team.”
It’s even more impressive because Mr. Steve has had hearing loss for the last 30 years.
Chick-Fil-A patrons and employees started a fundraiser to get Mr. Steve some Beltone hearing aids.
“We want him to be able to be at Chick-fil-A, have conversations without second-guessing what he’s hearing. And with this technology that we’re putting on him, it’s going to give him the best chance to do that,” a Beltone employee said.
This isn’t the first time Mr. Steve has been honored for his hard work and kindness. He was previously honored by the Ready yoUrself For the Future (RUFF) organization at Discovery Middle School. The award is presented to adult role models for preteens and teens.
When he’s not working at Chick-Fil-A, you can find Mr. Steve hanging out with his wife, Judy, or going to church at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. His daughter is a student at Harvard University.
In June 2019, Mr. Steve made headlines as far as Arizona, when a photographer caught a sweet photo of Mr. Steve praying with a Chick-Fil-A patron.
If you’re ever in need of a prayer or a listening ear, be sure to stop by the Madison Chick-Fil-A to talk to Mr. Steve.