Rev. Mays became pastor of Senoia UMC in June of 2013. Prior to arriving in Senoia, he served as the Associate Pastor of Marietta First UMC from 2011-2013, Minister to Youth of Belin Memorial UMC in Murrells Inlet, SC from 2009-2011, and Youth Minister of Covington First UMC from 2006-2009. Rev. Mays is an ordained elder in full connection in the North Georgia Conference.
Rev. Mays is a lifelong United Methodist having grown up in
the Due West UMC in Marietta. Following high school he received two
undergraduate degrees; one from Reinhardt College in Liberal Arts, and a second
one from LaGrange College in Religion and Philosophy. In 2009 he earned his
Master of Divinity degree from Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Rev.
Mays considers his passions in ministry to be helping connect people to their
own ministries within the life of the local church/community, and revitalizing
the local church for faithful and fruitful transformation through Jesus Christ.
In addition to having a decade of experience in youth ministry, Rev. Mays has served
on over 20 short term mission trips; some in the U.S. and some in places such as
Mexico (when he met his wife), Poland, Venezuela, Peru, and Guatemala.
Rev. Mays has served on the LaGrange District Strategic Growth
Team and is currently serving on the LaGrange District Committee on Ordained Ministry (dcom). In addition, he serves as a candidacy mentor for those discerning a call into ministry. In May of 2015 Rev.
Mays completed the Royce and Jane Reynolds Program in Church Leadership with
the Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC and the Center for Creative
Leadership. He is also mentor with Coweta County Schools.
Rev. Mays has been married to Lindsey since June of 2007.
She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a Master of Science in
Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a
Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Erik and Lindsey have two daughters, Addie
Grace and Avery, and a dog named Ellie. In their free time they enjoy warm
hugs, being outdoors, and wearing tutus!