Spiritual Arts, Pastoral Traditions, & Gospel/Spiritual Music
Mayes Community Temple is a 0ne of Marion County’s flagship historically Black churches. Located on Marion’s West Side, and under the spiritual leadership of Pastor Shawn Jackson, Mayes Community Temple is well-known for its powerful Sunday messages, its vibrant community outreach & fellowship programs, and, perhaps most of all, for its world-class musical service — featuring a praise & worship team lead by LaCosta & Christy Mayes, rousing organs, keyboards, & drums, and a long-standing choir & community choir who maintain one of Marion County’s most important & undersung gospel & spiritual music traditions.
Reverend John W. Mayes and his wife, Mother Mayes — icons in Marion’s Black community — built Mayes Community Temple two generations ago; the congregation & its message of faith, service, & building a better world have carried Marion’s Westside community for decades now.
Today, Pastor Shawn Jackson — originally from Columbus, Ohio — leads Mayes Community Temple, which remains under the stewardship of Mother Mayes. Pastor Jackson also serves as head of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Head of Student Life at OSU-Marion.
Mayes Community Temple is involved in many innovative & visionary outreach programs in Marion County and the Westside community, including a leading-edge urban garden & urban farming training program that Pastor Jackson is spearheading, in partnership with Extension Educator Whitney Gherman of OSU Extension — Marion County.
SHOP // ADDRESS:
Mayes Community Temple: 801 Bennett Street || Marion, Ohio || 43302
Mayes Community Temple: (740) 382-3773
Sermons; Christian Outreach; Urban Gardening & Urban Farmer/Gardening Training Programs; Gospel/Spiritual Music & Performances
Verbal Arts — Black Preaching Traditions; Spiritual Arts; Music — Gospel, Contemporary Spiritual, & Rhythm & Blues; Organ & Keys