Rev. Dr. Rita Hays serves as associate pastor for children, visitation, family ministries, and Christian education at Connell Memorial United Methodist Church in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. She has ministered in the area of children’s ministry and Christian education for over thirty years. In addition to her pastoral ministry, Dr. Hays has taught Christian education classes in the area of children’s ministry and Christian education at Lindsey Wilson College, a United Methodist college in Columbia, Kentucky. She earned a BA degree from Mercer University, an MRE from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a DMin degree from Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She also completed graduate courses at United Theological Seminary and Scarritt College.
Rev. Hays has authored five books: The Children’s Minister and The Most Important Space in the Church: The Nursery, both published by Discipleship Resources; All in the Family: Faith Issues for Families Facing Addiction, published by WestBow Press; Five Practices for Children and Godtalk: 52 Fun Activities for Children, both published by Abingdon Press.
Rev. Hays lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been married to her husband, Bill, for thirty-five years. They have two adult sons, Allen and Ben.