At the March 5,2013, meeting of the Permanent Committee for Reformed University Ministries (“RUM”) of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), Dr. Rod Mays advised the Committee that after much prayer, circumspection and contemplation on his part, he was requesting to step down from his position as National Coordinator at the end of his June 2013 – June 2014 term, when a successor is elected by the 2014 General Assembly of the PCA. It was with much sadness over his departure and tremendous gratitude for his many years of faithful ministry that the Committee received his request and unanimously approved his decision. During Dr. Mays’s tenure, Reformed University Ministries has grown from 40 national campuses to more than 140 national and international campuses, and from a budget of $4,000,000 to a $23,000,000 budget.
The Permanent Committee expressed its full support for Dr. Mays’s leadership, both in prior years and until the end of his 2014 tenure. Rod has decided to return to local church pastoral ministry. A call to become Executive Minister and Director of the Greenville Fellows Program at Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC, has been extended to Rod and he has accepted that call. He will also continue his duties as an adjunct professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC.
Mays expressed to the Permanent Committee his desire to transition RUM to a younger generation’s leadership and vision, and to assist with the transition of his successor. He stated he wanted to serve the Lord by returning to his roots in the local church for the balance of his years of ministry. This call will also allow him to travel much less and to spend more time with his wife, Debbe, their daughter, son-in-law and expected grandchild in Greenville. Rod told the Permanent Committee that his years as National Coordinator had been the best of his ministry and he would like to transition at a time when RUM has organizational stability and is operationally well-functioning.
With much praise to God for Dr. Mays’s service, the Permanent Committee prays that the Lord will use him mightily in his remaining service to RUM and his future service in Greenville.