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UPDATE: Calvary Chapel South Bay Pastor Stephen Mays Dies After Back Surgery Complications

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Update at 11:35 p.m.:

Pastor Steve died from a blood clot to his lung. His back surgery on Monday was successful. He was sitting up and eating hospital food with his wife Gail and his family/friends by his side last night. 

Original Post:

By Brian Hews

Pastor Stephen Mays who oversaw the popular Calvary Chapel South Bay has died due to complications from a back surgery on Thursday his wife confirmed in a statement to his friends, family and fellow church members.

Mays was 64 years old.

“It is with a heavy heart to share with you that our beloved Pastor Steve Mays has passed from this life into eternity. He passed away early this morning at 4:35am due to complications from back surgery,” a statement from his wife Gale confirmed early Thursday evening.

Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper was contacted by longtime members of Calvary Church about the death of Mays.

“Pastor Stephen Mays was an ordinary kid who grew up in a large city in California. He was a fun-loving, all-American boy who earned good grades and had a bright future ahead of him. Yet despite a good upbringing and a wholesome family life, there was a day in Steve’s life that changed everything. A schoolteacher had sexually molested him. Steve’s life became marred. Hatred and bitterness began to grow,” a statement on the church website stated.

Friends said that Mays began turning past negative challenges in his life and to turn them into positive actions, and overcame a major addiction to drugs as a teenagers and young adult.

“Steve, stoned as ever (this time on LSD, marijuana, and a combination of other drugs), terrorized his parents with a machete. His mother looked on in horror as Steve, machete in hand, grimaced and paced around the house like a madman swinging the blade. When Steve fell asleep, his bewildered parents quietly took away the machete,” the church website claimed.

Gail Mays told members of Calvary Chapel on Thursday, “Our beloved Pastor Steve entered into heavens gates this morning. He is now rejoicing with Our Lord! The family thanks you for all your prayers. Information regarding the memorial service will follow.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1–3,” Gail Mays wrote.

Funeral arraignments have not been announced.


Editor Note:  Please feel free to share this article with as many people as possible who are members of Calvary Chapel, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites.  We extend our thoughts and Prayers to Pastor Steve’s many friends and family at this time.

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