College of Biblical Studies Founder, Dr. Ernest L. Mays

Friday, September 8, 2000


Dear Friends,

The College of Biblical Studies—Houston wishes to express its most profound sympathies to the family and fellow-friends of its Founder-Chancellor, Dr. Ernest L. Mays, 68, who lost his life in an automobile accident on September 7, 2000. In 1976, Dr. Mays first envisioned an institution of higher learning whose primary focus was to provide biblical and theological education for inner-city minority pastors and lay leaders.

To date, over 10,000 multi-ethnic students have been equipped by the teaching ministry of the College of Biblical Studies. Though we mourn his passing, we are thankful to God for allowing Dr. Mays to see the College achieve national accreditation and expand its educational offerings to the baccalaureate level.

Dr. Mays
Dr. Ernest L. Mays
(Namesake for the Mays Academic Center)

DR. ERNEST L. MAYS, 68 passed from this life into a new Life with God on September 7, 2000.

He was preceded in death by his Wife, Helen. He is survived by daughter Erna Colfins and husband Don; son, David Mays and wife Darlene; one grandson Donavan, six brothers, four sisters and one Godchild- Veronica.

Dr. Mays along with his wife founded the College of Biblical Studies, and he was currently serving on the Board of Trustees as Founder-Chancellor of the College.

Dr. Mays did extensive studies at various colleges and universities, and was the recipient of the following degrees: B.A. in Economics from Texas Southern University; MED in Administration from Prairie View A&M University, Doctorate Degree in Nutrition from the American Holostic College of Nutrition.

He taught at Phyllis Wheatley High School for 31 years, where he provided numerous opportunities for young people in the field of Marketing.

He was a member of North Side Antioch Baptist Church where he served as head of the Christian Education Dept.

Dr. Mays was a nutritionist, business man, Minister, civic leader, and iInventor.

Services were held at: New Mount Carmel Baptist Church, and James Stripling Funeral Home, Houston, Texas.