William Mark Mays is the manager and personnel team lead for Business Insurance Center in Brandon, MS, a national digital commercial insurance agency and call center, 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, widely considered the most distinguished designation offered in the insurance industry. Mark grew up in Clinton, MS, having graduated from Clinton High School in 1985. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Millsaps College. Beginning in 1987, Staff Sargent Mays served in the MS Air National Guard’s 172nd Mission Support Squadron. He was activated during the First Gulf War in 1991, earning the Meritorious Service Medal and the National Defense Service Star, both awarded when he 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. The Lord has used Mark to serve others in men’s ministries and various life recovery ministries, beginning at Pinelake Church, Reservoir Campus, where he served as Servant Leader of Life Care Ministries & Team Leader of Life Recovery Ministry for four years, and then as Secretary of Deacons for three more. After taking a break from emotional support 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 congregational care role, and 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 off to college at the University of Mississippi as a classical studies major. Having recently raised a teen, and considering himself a grateful recipient of the benefits of education in school, mentorship in business, and leadership training in the military, Mark has a heart for the youth and a passion for sharing his life experience lessons with young people. He serves on the Board of Directors of Bridge Builders with a volunteer’s spirit and a servant’s heart.