Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (II Corinthians 9:15).God’s gift to us is Jesus Christ our Savior and He is Lord.
Pastor A. W. Anthony Mays was born in Taylor, Texas and was reared in Round Rock, Texas. He accepted Christ and was baptized at Sweet Home Baptist Church in Round Rock. In 1969, Pastor Mays accepted his call into the ministry. Pastor Mays attended the public schools of Round Rock Independent School District and became the first African-American to attend the newly integrated Round Rock High School. He was recently recognized at the Round Rock Independent School District on the 50th Anniversary Celebration commemorating his desegregation. After high school, he continued his education at the University of Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Further study was undertaken by Pastor Mays at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Pastor Mays is the former Pastor of Sweet Home Baptist Church in Round Rock, Texas; Antioch Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas and True Vine Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. He became the Pastor of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in 1986.
Over the years, Pastor Mays has served in a number of religious and community positions. He is the former moderator of the East Texas Baptist Association, he served as Vice President of the Texas Baptist Congress of Christian Workers, and, he is past president of the Baptist Ministers’ Union of Austin, Texas. Pastor Mays has also served as Branch President of the NAACP in Wichita Falls, Texas; Home Rule Charter Commissioner of Round Rock, Texas and Planning and Zoning Commissioner of Tyler, Texas.
Pastor Mays currently serves as Vice Moderator of the St. John’s Regular Baptist District Association. He is an active member of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc., where he is the Dean of the Congress of Christian Workers; former Vice Chairman of the Writer’s Conference; and former Staff Writer and congress faculty member of Church School Publications. Pastor Mays serves as the Chairman of the Ministers’ Conference of the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas under President Dr. G.V. Clark. And he is also the Coordinator of the St. John District Annual Preacher’s Conference. Pastor Mays has also had the honor to serve as an invited guest preacher for the National Missionary Baptist Convention under President Dr. C.C. Robertson and serve as a program preacher for the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. under President, Dr. Steven John Thurston.
Pastor Mays is married to the former Fannie Pearl Urdy. They are the parents of five children, the grandparents of 15 grandchildren and great grandparents of 5.