Chair, Department of Theology
Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry
Patrick Mays joined LeTourneau University in 2003, but he is quite familiar with the area, having grown up in Longview and graduated from two local institutions: Pine Tree High School and University of Texas at Tyler. For almost two decades, though, Pat and his family traveled and lived in several places around the United States and the world pursuing ministry opportunities. These included teaching and coaching high school in Texas, youth ministry in Louisiana, recreational ministry in Alabama, and mission work in Asia and Europe. For four years, Pat, his wife, Kathleen, and daughter, Sarah, lived and ministered in Prague, Czech Republic as academic missionaries in secular universities.
He uses this experience and his education in theology and intercultural studies in helping students develop biblical models of ministry that reach across generational and cultural barriers. Pat's interests are increasing the effectiveness of youth ministry, developing a mission focus for the church, and reaching secular people with the gospel.
His latest project is helping to pioneer the Volunteer Bible Scholar (VBS) program with The Seed Company, which involves assisting in Bible translation efforts in Nigeria. This exciting program has a major impact at LeTourneau, because LeTourneau ministry and biblical studies students are able to travel with him and participate in translation projects in Africa. Students on campus are able to get hands-on experience by helping check back translations for accuracy and clarity via the internet. He also loves basketball (he’s been known to sink a three-point shot now and then), music (Rich Mullins and U2 are high on his list), and Mexican food (he claims it really is manna from heaven).
- Foundations for Christian Ministry, Communication for Christian Ministry, Principles of Youth Ministry, Understanding Youth, Contemporary Issues in Youth Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship, Ministry of Teaching, Cross-Cultural Communication, The Emerging Church, Christian Ministry Internship, Cross-Cultural Internship, Biblical Foundations, Biblical Literature
- Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary (1999), Major: Intercultural Studies
- Th.M., Asbury Theological Seminary (1994), Major: Missions and Evangelism
- M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary (1989)
- B.S., University of Texas-Tyler (1983), Major: Secondary Education
Publications and Presentations:
- “Entering the World of Unchurched Xers”, Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education.16 (2000-2001): 66-82.
- “After Christendom, What?: Discovery and Renewal of Mission in the West”, Missiology: An International Review 27:2 (1999): 247-258.
- “Reaching Baby Busters”, Evangelism 9:1 (1994): 1-11.
- “Innovations in Mission: The Impact of J. Waskom Pickett and Donald McGavran on the Study and Strategy of Mission.” Paper presented at the International Institute for Christian Studies, Kansas City, MO, July 2009.
- “The Emerging Church as Indigenous and Pilgrim Movement.” Paper presented at the International Institute for Christian Studies, Kansas City, MO, July 2007.
- “The Emerging Church as New Reformation.” Presentation and panel discussion for the Socratic Forum, LeTourneau University, November 2007.
- “From Relativity to Vulnerability: Cultural Relativism and Its Impact on Cross-Cultural Witness.” Paper presented at the International Institute for Christian Studies, Kansas City, MO, July 2005.
- “A Christian Response to Islam”, In Confirmation. Anderson, IN: Bristol Books, Ltd. 2003.
- “Becoming a Disciple", In Confirmation. Anderson, IN: Bristol Books, Ltd., 1996.
- Cornerstones for Life and Living: A Reader, editor. LeTourneau University, 2008. Also, authored three essays in the reader: “The Impact of the Incarnation”, “ Personal Transformation: Of Jesus and Sixth Grade Boys”, and “Created for Community”.
- "The 12/25 Challenge: Reaching the Youth Generation", Lausanne Occasional Paper, No. 52., Pattaya, Thailand, October, 2005. Written in consultation with other Issue Group participants.
- “The Challenge of Generation X: Unchurched Xers and the Churches That Reach Them”, Dissertation. Asbury Theological Seminary, 1999.
“The Christian Ministry degree is important to me because of the significant people in my life who have had an impact on my spiritual growth. Godly youth ministers, teachers, and leaders have shared their lives with me. In turn, I want to share my life and experience and education with others.”