Gary Mayes - B+W HeadshotGary Mayes is the Executive Director of ChurchNEXT (a division of Church Resource Ministries) responsible for 140 staff who serve on 17 teams. He has been with CRM since 1997.

In this role, he is building a movement of specialized teams that help leaders and churches worldwide succeed at making disciples and transforming their communities.


Prior to joining CRM Gary spent twenty years in local pastoral ministry and is able to draw from this experience as he works in the trenches with pastors, churches and their leaders across the country. Gary has been speaking to and training church leaders since 1983. He has authored and co-authored five books and given leadership to the development of numerous resources and training processes used by CRM staff worldwide.

In recent years, Gary has served leaders on every continent but one and has developed a unique relationship in Africa. In addition to U.S. based responsibilities, Gary mentored the development of CRM’s partner, Harvest Leader’s Network, an African-led movement to develop pastors and leaders for a church that will transform Africa.

On the education front: He received his B.A. in Christian Education from Biola University in California, his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, and D.Min. in Organizational Systems from Bethel Seminary.

Gary and Margaret Mayes

Married to Margaret for 40 years, they are the parents of two adult children and over-the-top grandparents of two young boys. Margaret left teaching in 2016 and is now the Director of Strategic Prayer for ChurchNEXT.

DNA of a Revolution by Gary MayesGary’s latest book was written to reawaken the dream of what the church could be as well as provide hope for how to get there. It is based on a sweeping look at the turning points for the church in the book of Acts. The title is: “DNA of a Revolution: 1st Century Breakthroughs that will transform the Church.”

The book is available through Amazon in paperback or Kindle format.

DNA of a Revolution: The Small Group Experience” study guide is also available at Amazon.