Maye Hayes Jepson '71
||Dr. Blair Bentley, history, and Mrs. (now Dr.) Louise Bentley, English and humanities. She taught me to appreciate different art forms.|
“Bryan was an absolute life changer for me,” Maye Jepson said. “That's not meant to sound like a cliché! I came from a small South Carolina town and coming to Bryan opened up a whole world of Christianity for me.” Mrs. Jepson added that she enjoyed befriending students who, despite their different backgrounds, had a relationship with Christ in common.
Mrs. Jepson also found love her freshman year at Bryan College. Philip was a student a year ahead of her, and the two married three years later in the Bryan chapel on December 18, 1970. “One of the pictures from our wedding, taken from the hillside overlooking the houses and lake, was used by Moody magazine a few years later for a story they were doing on Christian marriages,” Mrs. Jepson added.
After graduation, she and Philip moved to Charleston, W.V., where she began her career as an elementary school teacher. “It was a good fit for me,” she explained. “I’m a nurturer by nature, which I think is a very important quality in teachers.” Mrs. Jepson believes that Bryan prepared her academically to succeed in both her teaching career and when she pursued a Master’s degree in counseling. “I benefited from my professors greatly. I believe Bryan graduates are second to none,” Mrs. Jepson said.
Maye's husband and fellow Bryan alum Philip
and their two sons
In 1988, the Jepsons moved to Roanoke, Va., and Philip became a principal at a local school. As their children grew up, Mrs. Jepson became a volunteer with Stonecroft, an international Christian women’s organization. “Stonecroft has workshops that train women to share their testimony whether they just want to tell their story to their neighbor or present it to a large crowd," Mrs. Jepson explained. Her work as a volunteer stretched to a 30-year involvement, including serving on the national board of directors.
In the past year, Mrs. Jepson has donated her time to the promotion of the arts through Imago Dei. Imago Dei is “a nonprofit professional arts organization working in all disciplines that seeks to understand and cultivate the relationship between community, Christianity, and the arts.”
Maye at the beach with her husband,
sons, daughter-in-law, and grandsons
She became involved with Imago Dei as a volunteer after meeting the founder at a workshop. Since then she has traveled to the Imago Dei headquarters in Kansas City frequently and became a member of the board. Her role within Imago Dei is to help expand their mission nationwide by “providing artists opportunities to integrate their faith and work into one coherent whole and helping Christians recognize the value of the creative process and advocating the expansion of all the arts.”
Although she and her husband now live in Richmond, Va., Mrs. Jepson continues to spend time volunteering and serving others. She and her husband also enjoy spending time with their two young grandsons.