Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor an
outstanding Man of God, a dedicated public servant, and dear friend of
longstanding, Rev. Dr. C. Medley Hayes, who celebrated his 30th
anniversary as the distinguished pastor of Greater Beulah Missionary
Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Chester Medley Hayes was born in Miami, Florida and grew up
in Alabama graduating from Warren Smith High School in New Brocton,
Alabama. He earned his Bachelor of Ministry degree in 1984, his Master
of Ministry degree in 1987, and his Doctorate of Ministry degree in
1989. He was trained in Ground Surveillance and Ground Control Approach
Radar through the U.S. Army and has 21 years experience in
telecommunications. He founded and managed Companion Medical Equipment
Company in 1994 and has been involved in Network Marketing with some of
the strongest companies in the industry since he was 22 years of age.
At the age of twenty-six, Rev. Hayes accepted his call to preach the
Gospel of Christ beginning his pastoral ministry at Big Creek Baptist
Church in Clio, Alabama, a rather small church that consisted of about
seventy members. From there, he pastored Morning Star Baptist Church in
Troy, Alabama, Saint Paul Baptist Church in Pinckard, Alabama,
and Morning Star Baptist Church in Enterprise, Alabama. In 1989, Rev.
Hayes was called to be the pastor and spiritual leader of Greater
Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia and he and his
family moved to the Fountain City.
For the past 30 years, he has served as a guiding light and beacon of
hope for the congregation of Greater Beulah Missionary Baptist Church
and the Columbus community. Rev. Hayes believes that you enter the
church to worship, but you leave to serve. Therefore, his ministry has
been to take the church and the teachings of Christ beyond the church
building into the community and throughout the world.
Outside of the church, Rev. Hayes has also proved himself a true
servant of the communities in which he has lived. At the age of 26, he
became the Chairman of the Coffee County, Alabama branch of the Alabama
Democratic Conference, a post that he held for eight years. Years
later, he was appointed by then Georgia Governor Zell Miller and later
Governor Roy Barnes to serve on Georgia's Martin Luther King, Jr.
Holiday Commission. Having seen issues arise with human trafficking, he
was moved to open two group homes for girls. Because of his love for
young people, he opened a counseling center called ``Mentoring Youth.''
As a result of his tremendous advocacy and support for the Columbus
community, on August 8, 2017, the Council of the Columbus Consolidated
Government named the intersection of 6th Street and 6th Avenue as ``C.
Medley Hayes Way.''
Always seeking to improve his craft in discipleship and Christian
ministry, he has been a longtime member of the National Baptist
Convention, USA; General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia
(G.M.B.C.); Fourth District of G.M.B.C.; Mount Calvary Missionary
Baptist Association; along with many other faith-based organizations.
The great agricultural chemist, Dr. George Washington Carver once
said that, ``How far you go in life depends on your being tender with
young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and
tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will
have been all of these.'' Reverend Hayes has gone far in his ministry
and in life because of his love for all people in the same vein as his
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
On a personal note, Rev. Hayes has been a great friend and supporter
over the many years I have known him. I value his wise counsel and sage
advice. He never told me only what I wanted to hear, but always told me
what I needed to hear. And for that, I am grateful.
Reverend Hayes has achieved much in his life, but none of it would be
possible but for the Grace of God and the love and the support of his
wife, Stephanie, and their children, Leon, Lester, Tonya, Alyssa,
Tiffany, and Sophia. Rev. Hayes is man of great accomplishment, an
outstanding mentor, and a strong leader, but above all, he is a
faithful servant of God.
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join my wife, Vivian, and me,
along with the congregation of Greater Beulah Missionary Baptist Church
and the 730,000 residents of Georgia's Second Congressional District,
in congratulating Rev. Dr. C. Medley Hayes on the joyous occasion of
his 30th pastoral anniversary.
116th Congress