Dear CYMT Family,

I am honored and humbled to join the Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT) and lead the organization in community-based ministries. As the new Community Ministry Director, I believe that we are all responsible for creating beloved communities that allow all people to experience the love of God and be seen in the fullness thereof. CYMT is a beautiful community of leaders who are asking the tough questions and engaging in critical inquiry to help form & support Christian communities. 

As I step into this role, I want to introduce myself and share a bit about my background and vision for our Public Ministry work. My professional experiences are in education, public theology, and social impact.  I have worked in both P-12 and higher educational roles in various departments in both administrative and student-facing positions. I have led school and organization-wide initiatives related to Anti-racist pedagogies and policies, DEIB, staff & student development, and school-community partnerships. As a public theologian, I have worked with numerous congregations, faith-based organizations, and theological education institutions. I have served as a fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies, Pacific School of Religion, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and Howard University. 

I am excited to lead this work because narratives, reflection, and dialogue provide unique opportunities to create more equitable and affirming communities. I look forward to using these tools to examine and construct resources for Christian families and congregations that need support having conversations about faith with their children.  Also, I look forward to building programmatic offerings that equip leaders for ministry in community-based organizations and multicultural church ministries. Lastly, I intend to create a network of Angelic Troublemakers innovating theologically informed ministries that center marginalized communities’ strengths and potentials.

I hope to work with you – our residents, alums, and coaches– to carry on our mission and expand our impact. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you soon. Please feel free to connect with me at with any questions or just to say hello!

Thank you for your continued support of CYMT and our mission.

Warm Regards,

Rev. Terence Mayo (he/him)

Community Ministry Director