Gary Mayes serves as Vice President of U.S. Ministries for Church Resource Ministries. He has served with CRM in the area of Church Revitalization since 1997, giving leadership to the expansion and enhancement of the ReFocusing Network Ministry worldwide for five of those years.
Prior to joining CRM Gary spent twenty years in local pastoral ministry and finds that this experience assists him as he works in the trenches with pastors, churches and their leaders across the country. In addition to local pastoral ministry, Gary has been speaking to and training church leaders since 1983. He has authored and co-authored three books and given leadership to the development of numerous resources and training processes used by CRM staff worldwide.
In recent years, Gary has served leaders and churches on every continent but one and has developed a unique relationship in Africa. In addition to U.S. based responsibilities, Gary is mentoring the development of CRM-Africa as an African-led movement to develop pastors and leaders for a church that will transform Africa. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he teaches the Church Revitalization courses in their Doctor of Ministry program.
He received his B.A. in Christian Education from Biola University in California, his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, and D.Min. in Organizational Systems from Bethel Seminary.
Married to Margaret for 30 years, they are the parents of two adult children. Margaret is a Middle School teacher with Santa Ana Unified School District.
Gary is currently working on a book that connects the journey of the first century church to the challenges of the 21st century. The working title is: “Finding Our Way: the power of 1st century courage and imagination to guide the church in the 21st century.