About Our Pastor
Rev. Erik Mays became pastor of West Point First United Methodist Church on January 1, 2020. Rev. Mays is a lifelong United Methodist having grown up in the Due West UMC in West Cobb County. Following high school he received two undergraduate degrees; one from Reinhardt College in Liberal Arts (2003), and a second one from LaGrange College in Religion and Philosophy (2004). 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.
In June of 2013 Rev. Mays was ordained an elder in full connection in the North Georgia Conference. Following a 10 year span of serving as a youth pastor, Rev. Mays has served the following churches: Marietta First UMC (associate pastor) 2011-2013, Senoia UMC (pastor) 2013-2017, Villa Rica First UMC (pastor) June 2017 - December 2019.
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. He is currently the chair of the Rome-Carrollton District Strategic Mission Team.
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 three daughters, Addie Grace, Avery, and Parker, and a dog named Ellie. In their free time they enjoy warm hugs, being outdoors, wearing tutus and disagreeing about college football (Roll Tide!)