Governor A. Mays is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries currently serving as mission interpreter in resident for the South Central Jurisdiction in the United States. He is based in Lake Village, Arkansas, and is a commissioned Church and Community Worker.
Mission interpreters in residence are missionaries who, for periods of time are available within specific jurisdictions to promote and explain the mission of the church, especially with regard to personnel and its support through The Advance. They work with annual conferences, districts, and congregations.
Assigned to the jurisdiction post in 2010, Mr. Mays previously worked in the Flint Hills District of the East Kansas Annual Conference, serving as lay pastor of the Ogden Friendship House United Methodist Church, Ogden, Kansas, and executive director of the Ogden Friendship House Distribution Center. The center provides assistance with emergency food, clothing, and utilities, and includes an afterschool tutoring program assisted by volunteers from Kansas State University.
Church and Community Workers are missionaries usually assigned to ministries with communities on the economic margins or with special demographic needs.
Governor's wife Ollie shares his mission work with him. Of their lives in service, Governor says, "Our assignments are unique, ever changing, and yet reflecting the vision of hope that brings communities out of despair and offers a sense of self-worth to all people. Serving the church in the area of Church and Community ministry is so parallel with the life of Christ. I am blessed just to serve."
Governor is especially appreciative of the role of the The Advance in helping United Methodists to fulfill their mission commitments. "The Advance makes possible ministries of justice, relief, and hope around the globe," he says. "It helps to assure that missionaries will be there to bring the message of God's love to people."
Born in Eupora, Mississippi, Governor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and an associate degree in Applied Science from Wood College in Mathiston, Mississippi. While working on his undergraduate degree, he served as a pastor of the Big Hill and New Chapel United Methodist churches in Tupelo.
Governor and Ollie have two married adult sons, Reginald (Merian), a resident of Orange Park, Florida; and Romez (Nikita) in Manhattan, Kansas. They have been blessed with five grandchildren.
Governor Mays is available for Covenant Relationship support in Arkansas Annual Conference , Mississippi Annual Conference .
Make an online donation to: Governor Mays #982981.
- Missionary Support Code: 982981
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- Last update: 2/11