Rev. Mays became Pastor of Villa Rica First UMC at the Garden in June of 2017. Prior to arriving in Villa Rica, he served as Pastor of Senoia UMC from 2013 - 2017, 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. In June of 2013 Rev. Mays was ordained an 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 West Cobb. 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. 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 the LaGrange District Committee on Ordained Ministry (dcom). In addition, he has served 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.
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 in Tyrone. 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, wearing tutus and disagree about college football (Roll Tide!)