Dr. Rod Mays, National Coordinator for Reformed University Ministries (RUM), announced this week that he will be stepping down from his leadership position next year. Dr. Mays has been the Coordinator for RUM for the past 14 years. During this time, RUM, the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America, has grown from 40 to 140 campuses, including several international campuses.
Dr. Mays will be returning to pastoral ministry at the completion of his 2013-2014 term. He has accepted a call from Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church, Greenvile, S.C. to be Executive Minister and also Director of the Greenville Fellows Program. He will continue to serve as an adjunct professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, N.C.
Dr. Mays explained his decision to the members of the Permanent Committee. ByFaith reports:
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.