For Revamp Church, change means more than new name

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 7, 2013 

MIKE HASKEY/mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.comRevamp Church's Pastor Branddon Mays recently moved his ministry to a building on Jay Street, changing its name, vision, direction and approach.

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It's more than the name that is changing.

As Greater Miracle Family Worship Center becomes Revamp Church, there will be a new vision, a new direction and a new approach.

On the sign outside the white and blue cinder block building at 4016 Jay St. in Columbus, Branddon A. Mays is described as the institution's pastor, teacher and visionary. The church's mission is to develop disciples and build healthy families.

Mays, 32, a Columbus native, began the non-denominational church, which sits between a fire station and a beauty salon, in 2009. It first started as a Bible study in a conference room at the Howard Johnson on Veterans Parkway then moved to a building on Sheffield Drive before arriving at its current location about a year ago.

"We feel this is a great location for us," Mays said. "The place on Sheffield Drive was too difficult to find."

The building, near Elm Drive, has been used as a church before, but Mays said he found it in terrible shape.

"We have done a lot of renovating but there is still work to do," he said.

But it is not the cosmetic changes that most interests Mays, the leader of a congregation of about 30.

"For too long, we have just been having church, just doing services," he said. "It has not really been a ministry. We are going to begin a movement in the city to bring the total man back to life in Jesus Christ. You can't have a movement within four walls. We will not be content just being between four walls."

The movement will include outreach ministry and getting the word out about the church and its mission through advertising and social media.

He said the definition of revamp is to improve the appearance, condition or structure of something, and in 2 Corinthians 5:17, it says anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.

Mays hopes the rebirth of his church will help retrieve those in the community who are lost and reconnect them with Christ.

"Our services are open to anyone," he said. "Dress is casual. We don't care what you look like or about your past."

Beginning in January, 90-minute Sunday services will be at 11:45 a.m. He said that is so those who are out in nightclubs on Saturday won't have to struggle to get out of bed and attend service.

Mays grew up in the church. He said his grandfather, Raymond Mays Sr., was a pastor for 50 years, much of it here at Corinth Missionary Baptist Church.

He didn't think much about going in the direction of becoming a pastor until he was 21. He said he began having dreams in which he saw himself preaching to large crowds. One day in church, he heard God's voice say, "It's time."

Though he studied at American Baptist Theological Seminary, Mays said it was studying his grandfather here and as he preached elsewhere that he learned his trade.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held before the service at 11:15 a.m. on Jan. 5.

"I remember at the beginning wondering whether people would show up, but God sent people," he said of his church's beginning. "We are now in the stage when a church should see real growth but this change is not about making our church bigger but introducing people to Christ and seeing their lives rejuvenated."

Mays said representatives from the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, as well as some city officials, are expected to attend.

"I am very excited about this movement that's going to change a generation and community," Mays said.

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