"But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper." Ps 1:2-3 nkjv
One year ago today, we were hit with the news that our dear Pastor Chuck went home to be with Jesus. I was crushed when I heard the news.
But yesterday something even more devastating to my heart... the news that my own pastor… My dear Pastor Steve Mays went home to be with Jesus due to complications from back surgery. I was stunned when I received the phone call that delivered that sad and awful news. My pastor… No it can't be... it seemed too unreal. The last time I saw him was 3 ½ month ago. He had given Marty, my husband, and I his blessing as we moved up north to start a new work for the Lord. His last words to me were, “I love you kiddo… keep your eyes on Jesus”. My heart is broken… it can’t be true… My spiritual father… gone… now in glory with his pastor Chuck, and both beholding the face of Jesus.
I was a part of the congregation at Calvary Chapel South Bay for 26 years. I had become a Christian about 2 years before I stepped into the doors of CCSB. I was still lost… I knew Jesus yes, but I didn’t know how to read the Word and take it in for myself. My sister and I had been church hopping for 6 months before the Lord led us to South Bay. From the moment I stepped in those doors, I knew I was home.
|Teaching the Word with authority|
The years passed, and I was challenged by the Lord to become involved in ministry there… Children’s ministry, Womens, and Worship ministry. I love my church, loved my pastor and his wife! I couldn’t wait for Tuesday nights Thursday nights and Sundays to be with all my new found family at CCSB.
|Pastor Steve and Mama...|
But, it wasn’t until 1999 that I really got to know Pastor Steve as more than just a pastor. He became my friend. I was going through a divorce after 20 years of marriage and both he and Mama Gail- his wife, my spiritual mother- helped me through it, calling me at home to be sure I was okay, offering love and godly counsel at every turn. That he would care for me, a nobody, was amazing to me. He was never condemning, never judgmental. He was always kind and caring.
|He loved Sunday Night Prayer Service|
It was 5 years ago that I felt the Lord calling me into ministry, so I when a position became available to work on staff there at my church I knew it was for me. There I had the privilege of being part of his ministry, getting to hear his heart during staff devotions, getting to pray with him and for him, sharing the stage with him as part of the worship team every Sunday and Thursday night.
It was there I became painfully aware of the suffering my pastor was in every day. Yet in all that, he did not stop coming by my desk, encouraging me in my new role, to ask how I was, to offer a smile and fatherly hug. He was an example to all of us of how to keep pressing on no matter what… This scripture describes him so well… He lived it.
I posted this link on FB, it so exemplifies the humble heart of my pastor. Enjoy and please pray for Mama Gail, his mother Helen, his children Nathan & Heather, all the grandkids and extended family. Please pray also for all of my friends on staff at CCSB who are all reeling from this sudden loss.
Who am I?
I will miss you Pastor, your smile, your generous and tender heart. I will miss your insightful words, your silly stories, your care and concern for me. Above all, I’ll miss your fiery teaching and love for the Lord and His word. I love you… can’t wait to see you again… Enjoy beholding HIS face.
Until next time,