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Queen Mays-Kirby, a native of Heflin, Louisiana received her primary and secondary education from Central High School and graduated fifth in her class from Ringgold High School. She was brought up in Galilee Baptist Church. After marriage to Rev. Willie Mays, she became a member of Mays Chapel CME Church, Ruston Louisiana. Her graduate work includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Grambling State University, Master of Religious Education from Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC); Master of Education from Texas Southern University, Certification as a Gifted and Talented Teacher, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Phillips School of Theology at ITC.

Professionally she has taught for 47 years, which includes teaching in the Atlanta Public School System, Atlanta Georgia; Lafayette Elementary, Lafayette, Louisiana; and presently as a Gifted and Talented Teacher in the North Forest Independent School District (NFISD) in Houston, Texas. She has served as a curriculum writer for NFISD, conducted numerous workshops, served as third grade chairperson, Past President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Shadydale Elementary PTA Organization and is currently serving as fourth grade chairperson. Dr. Mays-Kirby served the NFISD Peer Assistance Team for ten years as a peer evaluator for teachers.

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Dr. Queen Mays-Kirby

Queen Mays-Kirby has a legacy of "first" in leadership roles in the church and community. She was the first teacher to receive the "Teacher of the Year" Award from Shadydale Elementary School, Houston, TX. She was the first teacher in the NFISD to serve with the Texas Education Agency, Texas State Improvement Initiative Team as a peer evaluator for the State of Texas for eight years. Dr. Kirby was the first female seminarian to receive the master of Religious Education and in 1996 became the first female to receive the Doctor of Divinity Degree from Phillips School of Theology at ITC. Dr. Kirby was one of the first to serve as an Episcopal District Director of Christian Education in the CME Church. Dr. Kirby is a former instructor of Leadership Training School in three Episcopal Districts of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Also she served as Assistant Dean of the Eighth Episcopal District Leadership Training School. She has been speaker for several churches. She is a past trustee of Texas College and is presently a trustee and secretary of Phillips School of Theology Board of Trustees. She is currently serving as Director of Christian Education for the Southeast Texas Region and for Miles Chapel CME Church, Houston, Texas.

She is the proud mother of two sons - Rev. Wayne W. Mays, Pastor of Post Oak CME Church, Longview, TX and George R. Mays, an Assistant Physical Therapist, Washington, D.C.

Phillips School Of Theology Alumni

1990

Batie, Larry

Craig, Eugene A.

Davis, Tyrone

Donaldson, Elisha D.

Dugas, Leslie

Foreman, Woodrow W.

Gardner, Joseph C.

Hazel, Katheryn S.

Johnson, Christopher

Jones, Harlan K.

Smith, Edward

Smith, William T.

1991

Betts, Leonard N.

Brown, Paul L.

Brown, Thomas L., Sr.

Greer-Cook, Eunece F.

Loving, Hattie

Purham, Aaron L.

Ridgley, Clara H.

Washington, Phillip D.

Whitmore, Jeffrey J.

1992

Gilbert, Alvin C.

Haliburton, Wesley S.

Williams, Nellie C.

1993

Johnson, William J.

Simmons, Bobby R.

Wilburn, Stevey

Wilson, Hughlett W.

1994

Allen, L. K.

Averett, Jesse, Jr.

Blount, Horace

Campbell, Mary

Delaney, Valerie

Garrett, Alpha B.

Richard, Charles

1995

Burns, Vanessee

Colquitt, Joseph

Reese-Young, Regina

Robinson, Anthony

1996

Boggan, James E.

Heath, Clarence K.

Mays, Wayne W.

Thomas, Kenneth D.

1997

Askew, Dianne

Green, Robert W.

Taylor, Carlton

Taylor, Marcus

1998

Anders-Modest, Denise M.

Waugh, Uylee

West, Curtis, Jr.

Yenn-Batah, Jackson

1999

Claybon, Darryl

Downey, M. Deloris

Gardner, Charles C.

Griffin, John D.

Hartfield, David C., Jr.

Jones, Donnell R.

Lester, Peris J., I

Wade, Dwayne L.

2000

Bass, Claude

Dawson, Joyce

Goss, Christopher

Holloway, Billy R.

Houston, Faye

Johnson, Bernard

McDuffie, Richard S.

Pasley, John D., Jr.

Williams, Wayne A.

2001

Allen, Kenneth

Bell, William H., Jr.

Blackmon, Janice D.

Fletcher, Shirley H.

Gardner, Paul W., Sr.

Harris, Dexter L.

Massey, Oscar M.

McKinney, Stevie D.

2002

Bolden, Dorothy Ann Lee

Boswell, Charles K.

Buford-Clark, Sucena

Goforth, Mark W.

Head, Horace A.

Lue, Marvin C., Jr.

Martin, Eric T.

McIntyre, Lavonia E. K

Reed-Wright, Earthalee

Walker, Kaylan B.

Walker, Nola J.

Williams, Alvin R.

Willis, Ermanno A.

2003

Burt, Alisha R.

Patterson, Alelike “Lisa”

Payton, Luevonia Ann

Yenn-Batah, Jackson

2004

Allen, Cedric C.

Fleming, Gloria L.

Hardrick, Marquise L.

Murphy, Mario K.

Page, Allen, III

2005

Duckett, Adrian J.

Ellison, Keith E.

Jones, Felix M.

Whiteside, Janie K.

Williams, Gregory M.

Williams, Leon H.

1960

Davis, Abraham E.

Jones, James A., Jr.

1961

Kirby, Queen Elizabeth

Williams, Willie Clyde

1962

Dean, Gene Robert

Douglas, Jesse Lee

Gathers, George E.

Mays, Willie

Smith, William T.

1963

Brown, Edward Lynn

David, Arthur L.

Graves, William H.

Larkin, William C.

Purham, Louis T.

1964

Delaney, Henry, Jr.

Miles, Joel

Pratt, Thomas A.

1965

Burt, Gene Eddie

Chambers, Will Earl

Debro, Theodore R., Jr.

Hicks, Earlie H.

Hoyt, Thomas L., Jr.

Kimbrough, Marjorie L.

Smith, Nathaniel J.

Stone, Willie Edd

1966

Bonner, Wardell

Davis, Elijah

Jackson, Mance C.

Pace, Betty Walker (72)

Stewart, Paul A. G.

1967

Jones, Willie C.

Okorley, Seth M.

Robinson, John H. (72)

1968

Harold, Austin L.

Bonner, Julius C.

Johnson, William R., Jr.

1969

Harvey, Henry P.

Kendrick, Franklin D.

King, Alex R.

Plummer, Roy G.

Sloan, Albert J.H., II

1970

Dopson, Alvin L

Hentrel, Ike A.

Poole, Jerry

Quaye, Nii Gordon

1971

Aker, Clyde E.

Carter, Nathaniel, Jr.

Gathers, George E.

Hicks, Earlie

Long, Curtis

Wilker, Willie

1972

Alexander, Johnny R.

Douglass, Jesse L.

Ford, Robert L.

Grantham, Joseph

Harmon, Woodrow, Jr.

Johnson, Larry L.

Pace, Betty Walker (‘66)

Robinson, John H. (‘67)

1973

Davidson, Albert

Mitchell, Caesar C., Sr.

1974

Jackson, Othel R.

Minor, Luther

Williams, Anthony L.

Woodfork, Jerry D., Sr.

1975

Cowley, Gilbert T.

Johnson, Johnnie B.

Obong, Edet Ekoi

Walker, Oliver D.

Whitlock, Q. H., Jr.

1976

Brown, Thomas L.

Gardner, Paul

Peterson, Harold

Wilks, Robert L., Jr.

1977

Taylor, Shelby B.

Washington, Joseph E.

Watkins, Lloyd

1978

Cheeseboro, Willie

Massey, James D.

1979

Atwater, Melvin L.

Bonner, Robert, Jr.

Green, Timothy R., Jr.

King, Charles

Scott, Robert

Spears, Conway

1980

McGriff, James E.

Mitchell, Frances V.

Owens, Willie N.

Patrick, William O.

Price, Jerome B. Robinson, Curtis T.

Stokes, Richard F.

Thomas, Marvin

1981

Baker, Mary H.

Bass, John N.

Ewing, Martha M.

Napier, Lindsey

Price, Timothy

Smith, Benjamin L.

1982

Doyle, Satchell

Haynes, William C.

Hunter, Christopher C.

Pace, John

Williams, Thomas J.

1983

Arnold, Marion H.

Dumas, Leroy E., Jr.

Fryer, Larry

Johnson, Larry L.

Peoples, Robert L.

Pitts, Etha P.

Walker, James B.

1984

Maness, J. Ronzell

Robinson, James R.

1985

Abiade, Zawdie K.

Buchanan, Clarence

Daniels, Alvin

Hargrove, Lynn

Stewart, James T.

Williams, Roy L.

Zak, Frederick J.

Zak, Roderick

1986

Davidson, DeAndre’ M.

Henderson, Tony C.

Liggins, Bennie R.

Mack, Leroy H

1987

Echoles, Desi L.

Felder, Quincy L.

Jackson, Robert L., III

Jamar, James E.

Key, Patrick J.

Kynes, James B.

1988

Barker, Michael L.

Newton, Michael E.

Price, Jerome B., Sr.

Williams, Sylvester

1989

Boncy, Paul L., Jr.

Carroll, Earl C.

Clark, Harold

Evans, Stanley K.

Manning, Christopher N.

Smith, James E., Jr.

2006

Best, Bobby

Briggs, Arthur, Jr.

Claybon, Darryl

Cochran, John

Goliday, Cheryl

Jackson, John W.

Jackson, Rutha M.

Jackson-Douglas, Leticia

Thornton, Eddie

2007

Harris, Clifton E.

Hayes, Lionel

Keith, Ouida

McNeese, Kemmie

Barnes, Reginald G.

Callaway, Eron J.

Dawson, Joyce

Hopkins, Calvin

Marshall, Jermaine J.

Norwood, Robert

Wilks, Keith

Williams, Sylvester

2009

Bell, Jr., Willie C.

Capers, Jamie L.

Dukes, Jennifer

Hicks, Doris L.

Neal, Kornelius

Wright, Irvin

2010

Sheryl D. Armstrong

William Banks

Donna L. Brooks

Janci Finkley

Emmalyn Gattis-Hopkins

Joya Hardaman

Gloria W. Haynes

Michael K. Hill

Cassandry Keys

Alton McGriff

Raynard Monmouth

Reginald Walton

2011

Donna Brooks

Cassandry Keys

William Smith, III

Carolyn Carlisle

Earlie Douthard

Bobby Goliday

Mildred Watson

Brenda Williams

2012

Baum, Brandon

Dykes, Omar

Dunbar, Ericka

Jackson, Amber

Jenkins Hilliard

McDaniel, Geraldine

McKindra II, Freeman

Moody, Jacson

Thomas, Jane