Presenter of the award was David Knight, associate pastor at the Clinton, Maryland, Grace Brethren Church, where Mayes has been pastor since 1992. Mayes was ordained at the Norwalk, CA, Grace Brethren Church in 1966, and has pastored Grace Brethren churches in Yakima, Washington; Norwalk California; Ripon, California; Huber Heights, Ohio; and Clinton, Maryland.
He also served as C.E. National Director for the FGBC, and was administrator of Lakeland Christian Academy in Warsaw, Indiana. Mayes has recovered from a life-threatening illness earlier this year, and thanked his colleagues, his wife, and his Lord for their faithfulness.