Pastor Farida Mays is known as the “special volunteer” of Lighthouse. She has enjoyed volunteering her time and services to ministry for many years. In 2007 her passion to support young people was discovered; and Youth Living for Christ (YL4C) was developed. A youth ministry that focuses on empowering youth between the ages of 11-19 to live for Christ. Today this ministry has grown to hundreds of teens in addition to many programs to meet the needs and challenges of teens.
Farida truly believes that there is greatness and potential inside of every young person and when it is declared to them who they are, then they realize who they can become. This understanding inspired her to take her passion into the streets of Chicago and the surrounding communities and develop the platform “Change the World- Mentor Our Youth” which supports awareness, motivation, and mentoring opportunities to improve the plight of today’s youth. Her involvement in this cause has earned her the prestigious pageant titles of Mrs. Matteson International (’14) and Mrs. Cook County International (’15). Her ultimate goal is to build a youth center that will provide mentoring services for teens.
Farida holds a Bachelor of General Studies Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences, from Northern Illinois University. She has been married to Pastor Garland Mays Jr. for 16 years and they have three sons Dorian (DJ), Gabriel& Isaiah.