Dr. Thomas Mayes is a Colorado native, Vietnam Veteran, a husband, father of 4 Children and 8 grandchildren. He holds a Bachelors in Theology and a PhD in Urban Ministries. In 1990 Dr. Mayes founded the Living Water Christian Center where he serves as Senior Pastor, and E.S.C.A.P.E. (Everyone Sharing Child Abuse Prevention Education). Dr. Mayes, a Diamond Life member of the NAACP, served as the Chair of the Religious Affairs committee for the Aurora Branch of the NAACP and the Rocky Mountain Region. He is a Certified Facilitator with the SAAF (Strong African American Family) and a Certified John Maxwell Leadership Speaker, Coach, Mentor and Trainer, providing training throughout the U.S. and So. Africa. Dr. Mayes serves as President of the Greater Metropolitan Ministerial Alliance. He currently serves on the Community Advisory Council for the consent decree Aurora Police mandate. He is also a charter member & community liaison of the Aurora Key Community Response Team established following the Rodney King incident in L.A. Dr. Mayes is a former board member of the JAC (Juvenile Assessment Center) and has served for the last 14 years on the Aurora Police Victims Witness Advisory Board. He also has served on the Aurora Police IRB (Incident Review Board) since 2006, Dr. Mayes served on Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s African American Advisory Board. In the early 1990’s Dr. Mayes served as community liaison for the City of Aurora during the Police profiling incidents and racial unrest at the Aurora Mall. He is the recipient of Clergy of the year and Volunteer of the year 2006-2007. He authored the book “The Brilliance of Ignorance” and has partnered with former Aurora Police Chief’s Bennett, Dan Oates and Chief, Nick Metz to create dozens of community forums/meetings mediating controversies, and racial bias in cases of controversial Police shootings. He served as a community liaison for the Aurora Police Department during the following days of the Century 16 Theater shooting 2012 bringing Rev. Jesse Jackson to Aurora to speak against violence. He mediated negotiations between protesters and city officials/police during picketing in Aurora after the Ferguson, Baton Rouge shootings. In 2020, Dr. Mayes was tasked to serve on the Aurora Police task force to provide recommendations for Police reform. Dr. Mayes continues to work tirelessly to fight antisemitism, racial bias and injustice.