Gaskin Lecturer to Focus on Black Baptists

Dr. Eric A. Mayes, Jr., a recognized benefactor, author, lecturer, teacher, counselor and pastor, will lead Oklahoma Baptist University's ninth annual Gaskin Lectureship, Oct. 2.

Mayes will speak on the "Profiles of Prominent Black Pastors of Oklahoma," and "The Educational Endeavor of Black Baptists of Oklahoma."

The J.M. Gaskin Lectureship was established by friends of Dr. J.M. Gaskin, Oklahoma Baptists' first historical director, and advocates of the preservation of Oklahoma Baptist history and heritage to provide and sustain a series of lectures which will preserve and promote the study of Oklahoma Baptist history and heritage.

These lectures are made available to OBU students, many of whom will be future leaders of churches in the state. Others interested in Oklahoma Baptist history and heritage are also invited to attend these lectures.

Mayes has been pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Oklahoma City since 1957.

He is founder and president of BEAM Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to provide scholarships for deserving college-bound students.

Mayes earned a bachelor of arts degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1963. He holds a master of secondary education degree from Oklahoma City University and a master of religious education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned a doctor of ministry degree from International Seminary in 1990.

He is co-founder and treasurer of One Church, One Child Adoption of Oklahoma and has served as executive secretary-treasurer of the Oklahoma Baptist State Convention since 1978.

Mayes taught in the Oklahoma City Public Schools from 1968-73 and has served as an instructor in OBU's Ministry Training Institute program.

He has written five books including "Deacon Training in the Black Church," "Preaching Values of a Church Covenant," "Suit Up Your Workers for Christian Service," "The Seven Greatest Signs Ever Performed," and "Church-Related Position Descriptions."

He is a member of the NAACP and Oklahoma City Greater Urban League.

Mayes and his wife, Bernice Mary, have six children, Joyce, Shirley, Eric III, Floyd, Kay and Carol.