SOUTH BAY (CBSLA.com) — A well-known pastor in the South Bay has died unexpectedly, it was reported Friday.
Rev. Stephen Mays of Calvary Chapel South Bay passed away Thursday from complications during back surgery.READ MORE: LAPD Breaks Up Large Party In South LA
Mays was vocal about being a former gang member and former drug addict who turned his life around.
He took over the church in the 1970s, which had 75 members at the time.READ MORE: 'It's Just Not Working': Women In The Workforce Hit Hardest By Pandemic
Membership has since grown to 9,000 parishioners.
One church official said, “This is a day of sadness.”MORE NEWS: Poet Amanda Gorman Says Security Guard Followed Her Home, Called Her 'Suspicious'
Mays was 64 years old.