Hayes, Mr. Jim
Setting aside his college study, Mr. Hayes volunteered for service in the U.S. Air Force. He wanted to serve as well as save for his college degree when his commitment was finished. As a Christian God gave him a great opportunity to experience different cultures of the world while serving his country. It was during these years that God started burdening his heart for peoples of the world (especially S.E. Asia) as he realized what little opportunity other people of the world had in hearing and understanding a biblical gospel. While serving in Viet Nam and Thailand, Mr. Hayes had the opportunity to spend his free time in serving missionary families near his bases of service. It was during this time in S.E. Asia that God gave him a burden for the people of Thailand who he had come to love and respect. Changing his field of study, Mr. Hayes returned to the States after his discharge and took up the vision for biblical studies so he could return to Thailand and share the gospel with them. Mr. Hayes received his Bachelor of a Arts Degree in Biblical Studies from Bob Jones University in 1977, and returned to Thailand in 1979. While serving the Northern Khmer peoples of Northeast Thailand, Mr. Hayes realized the importance of inter-cultural studies in more effectively communicating God’s precious word to the people he was bring to Christ. He started furthering his education while planting two churches in two provinces of Thailand. He received a Master’s of Religious Degree (MRE) from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary and then went on to complete all class work for a Ph.D. in Inter-Cultural Studies at Biola University. Mr. Hayes has helped plant two churches in Northeast Thailand, as well as, building a team and planting a church in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, while he was establishing an organization (Baptists for Cambodia). This organization now sponsors numerous mission agencies, which allows them to receive missionary visas into Cambodia for the work of the Gospel. Mr. Hayes, has a passion to see mission-minded students prepare themselves cross-culturally for the work of missions and for fruitful service to our Lord Jesus Christ. After 32 years of service in Thailand and Cambodia, he accepted the position of missions professor at PIU in January 2012.