Apostle James A. Maye was born October 15, 1942, in Farmville, North Carolina. He is one of three children and the only son born to Sadie and William, now deceased. His two sisters are Hazel (now deceased) and Leila. He committed himself to the Lord, Jesus Christ, while in his youth.

After graduation, Pastor Maye attended Shaw University on an academic scholarship. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in religion with a minor in social studies in 1965.Pastor Maye worked as a juvenile probation officer for the First District of the State of Connecticut from August 1968 to October 1976.

During that time, he also worked with the personnel department of the State of Connecticut, developing examinations for juvenile probation officers.

After graduation, Pastor Maye attended Shaw University on an academic scholarship. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in religion with a minor in social studies in 1965.

Pastor Maye worked as a juvenile probation officer for the First District of the State of Connecticut from August 1968 to October 1976. During that time, he also worked with the personnel department of the State of Connecticut, developing examinations for juvenile probation officers.

He has held numerous positions in the ministry at the local and national level. Among his positions include serving as junior deacon at Bible way Church, North Carolina; state Sunday school superintendent, North Carolina; state ABYPU president, Connecticut; associate minister at Little Zion Church, Connecticut; vice chair of the International Board of Presbyters, COOLJC; vice president of the ABYPU; international ABYPU president; president of the International Youth Council, COOLJC; international financial secretary, COOLJC; treasurer of the International Board of Junior Bishops; administrative assistant to the International Board of Bishops; international youth advisor; assistant diocesan bishop for the state of Ohio; executive assistant to the apostle to the youth; and vice chair of the International Catechism Committee.

On June 22, 1974, Pastor Maye married the former Florence L. Johnson of Richmond, Virginia. The couple has four children, Andre, Alana, Javon, and Keonya. The family lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.In October 1976, then a young assistant minister of Little Zion Church of Christ, he moved his family to Cleveland where he became pastor of Pilgrim Church of Christ. His formal installation service was held on February 20, 1977.

Since moving to Greater Cleveland, he has been instrumental in initiating many innovative programs that focus on leadership training and outreach, ministerial associations, and neighborhood partnerships to meet the needs of his congregation and the surrounding areas. Some of them include being co-founder and administrator of Calvary Center Academy; president of the Cleveland Apostolic Ministerial Fellowship; co-founder of Clergy Organized for Drug Extinction; and vice chair of One Church-One Child, an effort to find adoptive Christian homes for children and teens.

In 1991, Bishop William L. Bonner, chief apostle for the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc., appointed Pastor Maye to the Junior Board of Bishops. On August 8, 1996, he was elevated to bishop during a consecration and installation service at the organization’s international convention in Columbia, South Carolina. Bishop Maye was appointed the diocesan bishop for the state of Ohio in 2003. On August 11, 2005, he was elected to the Board of Apostles and appointed apostle of region VI.
His most recent appointments include being the named the Apostle for the Youth of COOLJC and parliamentarian for the Board of Apostles.

He has continued his work in support of church leadership. He established a statewide Leadership Development Conference in 2008, an annual day-long conference offering training in various aspects of the ministry. In 2009, he formed a partnership with local social service agencies to create a No Child Left Behind tutoring program for children in grades one to seven.

He is looking for “miracle growth” within the Pilgrim congregation and wants members and friends to be more proactive in the community, in keeping with the church’s longtime theme: “People Reaching People. Every child a soul winner.”

Alan Costner Chief Financial Officer

October 1997 – April 2004 6 years 7 months

Responsible for the coordination of all acquisition and mergers as
related to Human Resource. Manage the design and implementation of all information systems within the Human Resource Division.

Supervise the processing of over 350,000 checks and an annual payroll of over $950,000,000. Manage a staff of 18 employees. Processed taxes for 41 federal identification numbers and complied

returns for 1250 tax entities. Ensures the payroll accuracy and compliance with applicable company polices as well as federal, state and local labor laws. Develop and maintain an adequate level of internal controls in the department. Advise upper management of related business issues and trends.AccountantUniversity of Cincinnati1985 – 1990 5 years

Education – Northern Kentucky UniversityMaster of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Business Administration and Management, General1990 – 1992University of CincinnatiBachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Accounting1977 – 1982


Convention Chairperson

Cheryl Wilson – Experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in multiple service industries. Skilled in Leadership Development with emphasis on Coaching, Team Building, Public Speaking, and Performance Management.

Elder Michael Mitchel
Asst. Coordinator

Minister Mark Hammond
Asst. Coordinator

Dist. Elder Drayton Travis
Regional Coordinator

Deacon Tannis E. Vaughn
Asst. Coordinator