William Mark Mays is the manager of Business Insurance Center in Brandon, MS, helping small businesses in all 50 states by providing risk management and insurance ideas, advice, and strategies. Mark is a 30-year business insurance professional and longtime bearer of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) professional designation. Mark grew up in Clinton, MS, went to Clinton High School, and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Millsaps College in 1990. Beginning in 1987, Staff Sargent Mays served in the MS Air National Guard’s 172nd Mission Support Squadron. During the Gulf War of 1991, he earned the Meritorious Service Medal and the National Defense Service Star, and was honorably discharged in 1995.
Mark surrendered his will and his life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior on November 21, 2004, a Re-Birthday that he still celebrates every year. Mark served as Servant Leader of Life Care Ministries for four years at Pinelake Church, and then as Secretary of Deacons for three years at Pinelake Reservoir Campus. After taking a break from lay ministry, in 2016 Mark responded to a clear call into the growing ministries of The Bridge Church in Pearl, having become friends with the Pastors’ family back in 2011. Minister Mark Mays was ordained October 10, 2018, making official his ministerial support of the membership as part of The Bridge Church leadership team.
Mark is married to the love of his life Laura Pentecost, a division director in state government at the MS Department of ITS. They live in Ridgeland, MS and are adjusting to their empty nest as daughter Meg is soon to gradute from Ole Miss in Oxford. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Bridge Church as well as his service to Bridge Builders Leadership Initiative.