Meet the Pastor

Pastor1aBishop Albert J. Mays, Jr., Sergeant Major (SGM), Retired, is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and entered the U.S. Army on July 9, 1979. After attending Basic Combat Training at Fort Dix, NJ and Advanced Individual Training at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Monmouth, NJ., he was assigned to HHB DIVARTY, Camp Stanley, Korea.

Bishop Mays retired in April of 2004 after 24 years on Active Duty with the U.S. Army. His civilian service began with Computer Science Corporation where he served as Senior Training Developer. He served as Associate Professor, Class 60, Sergeants Major Course from July 2009—August 2010.

Bishop Mays currently serves as an Instructional Systems Specialist, Quality Assurance Office, United Army Sergeants Major Academy, Biggs Army Airfield (East Fort Bliss), Texas. In this capacity, he evaluates educational materials and programs for the Sergeants Major Course (SMC/SMNRC resident & non-resident), the International Military Student Pre-course (IMSPC), and the Spouse’s Leadership Development Course (SLDC). He also teaches Cultural Diversity at University of Phoenix and Business Management at Excelsior College.

Bishop Mays completed numerous military assignments as a Chaplain Assistant in Fort Bliss, Texas; Camp Stanley, Korea; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Babenhausen, Germany and Fort Hood, Texas. He also served in support of Operation Joint Endeavor (Hungary and Bosnia). His military service awards include: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award).

Bishop Mays’ overseas deployments include, Operations Joint Endeavor (Hungary & Bosnia); his military and civilian education includes all NCOES courses to include the Sergeants Major Course class 50. Other military schools include Primary Leaders Development Course, Advanced Non-commissioned Officers Course, First Sergeants Course, Training Developers Course, Training Manager’s Course, TAITC, SGITC, VTTITC, CPOF, MCS, FBCB2 and etc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Park University, Social Psychology, a Masters of Art, Instructional Systems Specialist, Masters of Art in Education. BISHOP Mays is a doctoral candidate with a specialty in Organizational Leadership from North Central University. BISHOP Mays is expected to receive an Ed.D degree in April 2012.

In 1978, prior to entering military service, he entered into spiritual ministry as a minister at Big Bethel A.M.E. Church in Atlanta, Georgia. This decision would be the catalyst to his service as a community leader, pastor and mentor to the parishioners of Word of Life Ministries, Inc. Church of God in Christ, a ministry he founded in 2000 in El Paso, Texas. He served as interim pastor at Visitors Chapel A.M.E. Church, El Paso, TX, 1980. Ordained as itinerant elder 1981, Texas Northwest Conference, by Bishop Henry W. Murphy; Assistant Pastor at Reid Chapel A.M.E. Church, Trinity A.M.E. Church. In 1995, Elder Mays’ ordination was received into the Germany Jurisdiction of the Church of God In Christ (COGIC), by Bishop Carlis L. Moody. Elder Mays served as pastor of Pirmasens COGIC in Pirmasens, Germany and Dean of Education in the Germany Jurisdiction.

He launched the Urban Initiatives Ministry at Word of Life in 2013. He currently serves as Superintendent of the Zion District and 1st Administrative Assistant of the Texas Western Jurisdiction (TWJ) Church of God in Christ, El Paso, Texas. Jurisdictional Bishop, Juan O. Lawson, appointed Bishop Mays to be the lead to develop the same for the Texas Western Jurisdiction. The mandate is to conduct education fairs, health fairs, budgeting workshops, financial literacy and other quality of life necessities for family. These workshops have proven to be much needed and appreciated by attendees.

El Paso has a vast, flourishing, and constantly changing military community. As a veteran of the United States Army, he was asked by the President of the Fort Bliss Spouses and Families Organization to be their spiritual liaison and adviser. The organization is designed to empower new families and soldiers by providing them with resources, information, and mentoring.

In 2007, Bishop Mays served as the Grand Marshal in the annual Black History parade.

In April 2014, Bishop Mays was honored by being chosen by the Church Of God In Christ, The Whole Truth Magazine and the Church Of God In Christ Publishing House, to be recognized as one of the Church of God in Christ’s 100 Influential Pastors. Later, in October, he attended and completed the Episcopal Training Academy of the Church of God in Christ.

On Sunday, November 9, 2014, Bishop Mays was officially consecrated as an auxiliary Bishop in the Church of God in Christ.

Bishop Mays continues to build upon the foundation of charity by developing initiatives designed to empower and motivate others to participate in positive progress and campaign for a strong, vibrant and healthy community.

His purpose is to help others recognize their abilities, promoting self sufficiency while providing needed assistance, addressing community concerns, mandating standards to promote a more cohesive community, and finding ways to encourage families to live healthy and happy.

Bishop Mays resides in El Paso, Texas with his wife, Evangelist Willie Mae Collins Mays who serves as District Missionary of the Zion District TWJ and is originally from Avon Park, Florida. They have one son, Minister Albert James Mays, III who graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Master of Arts in Economics. Albert III serves as an Associate Minister, West Irving COGIC, Dallas, TX.

“But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.” ~1 Samuel 13:14

And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. ~Acts 13:22