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How can God use a man like Steve Mays? He was once a heartbeat from hell and is now being used for the kingdom of heaven. What happened in his life? The answer is divine intervention. After more than 30 years in the ministry, Steve has realized the work is really never done. He continues to battle with severe sleep apnea and has also gone through more physical ailments, including fracturing a disk in his back which demanded immediate surgery, recovering from prostate cancer, having both knee replacements and in 2010, he had spinal surgery requiring 42 stitches on the front and 42 stitches on his back. Currently, Steve is also in the midst of yet another building project as God has given more property to the ministry of Calvary Chapel South Bay. He knows for a fact it is the grace of God that has seen him through, and it will be the grace of God that will continue to see him through.
Looking back over his life, Steve understands better what the author of the book of Hebrews and the great apostle Paul said: "Jesus [is] the author and finisher of our faith" and "Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6). These promises of God are certainly evident in Steve Mays' life.
Pastor Steve was the Regional Overseer and Pastoral leader over Calvary Chapel Outreach Fellowship, which included over 900 Calvary Chapel ministries, both domestic and international from 1997-2005. He also collaborated with the CHP and developed the South Los Angeles CHP Chaplain program, in which Calvary Chapel Pastors assist the CHP in critical incidents, death notifications and debriefings. He was invited to speak in Nigeria at the Gideons International Convention in 2002, sharing with businessmen the truth of God's Word and the fundamentals of studying His Word. Pastor Steve was also invited to participate at Oxford University's Round Table in London, England. The Oxford Round Table is a symposium for learned discussions of contemporary issues of significant consequence. Pastor Steve's topic of discussion concerned the relevance of religion. He was also one of the guest speakers at the Pro Family Legislators Conference in Dallas, Texas, hosted by Wallbuilders in 2006. In January of 2008, he was invited to conduct a Bible Study at Prison Fellowship Ministries, the Pentagon, and at the White House, where he also attended a special breakfast gathering with then President George W. Bush. Steve Mays has become a well-known conference speaker, commencement speaker, author, and has a national radio broadcast, "Light of the Word" which is heard on many radio stations throughout the country.