Pastor Terence O. Hayes, Sr. was born on October 20th, 1961 in the city of Dayton, OH. An honor graduate from the class of 1979, he attended John H. Patterson High School where he studied Distributive Education in wholesaling and retailing. He was also an inductee in the National Honor Society.
In December of 1980, Terence enlisted into the United States Air Force and completed his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX for 6 weeks and advanced to his academic studies in Information Management at Kessler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi. Again, he excelled in his academic studies and was an honor graduate in his field of administration from the class of 1981.
Terence served over 21 years in the United States Air Force and retired in July, 2002. He served 20 years at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as an Administrative Specialist and completed a one year tour in the Republic of Korea at Osan Air Base as an Executive officer. Upon his retirement he was awarded several distinctive medals, to include The Meritorious Service Medal and The Air Force Commendation Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters. He was also awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for his off-duty involvement in the local community; specifically for his work with the gospel group, New Harvest. As the visionary and creator of the group, Terence devoted over 1000 hours over 18 years mentoring and being a role model to the young men he worked with.
Pastor Hayes will never forget the year he accepted Christ as his personal savior. February, 1978 was the year of a life changing experience. In May of the same year at the age of 16, he was baptized and filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost. Upon his completion of basic training in the Air Force in 1981, Pastor Hayes acknowledged his desire to become a minister. In June, 1985, he became an ordained elder in the Church of God in Christ and later began serving as Junior Pastor, under the ministry of Pastor Norman McDuffie at Faith Deliverance Church of God in Christ. Nineteen years later on May 24th, 2004, Pastor McDuffie graciously stepped down and selected Elder Terence Hayes to lead the Faith Deliverance congregation.
His astute administrative skills, contagious personality, and willingness to serve God and his congregation are a testament of his heartfelt leadership skills. Pastor Hayes’s favorite passage of scripture is, “where there is no vision, the people would perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18).
Terence’s greatest passion is his love and commitment to gospel music. As a songwriter and arranger, he has numerous songs built in his writing repertoire. In addition, several of his works are associated with the Broadcast Music Incorporation (BMI) music group association. He is also the visionary of Dayton’s own gospel male quartet, New Harvest. New Harvest made its debut in 2005 at the famed Showtime at the Apollo in New York City. A history making experience in itself, the group further excelled in 2008 as 3-time Dove Award Nominees for the self-titled project, “New Harvest.” Their self-titled maxi-single, “The Strength of a Man,” written and arranged by Terence O. Hayes, Jr. was the first musical work from FaithWorks Records, a brand birthed at Faith Deliverance Church of God in Christ. “The Best of New Harvest - The Playlist,” featuring the group’s greatest hits is currently available digitally online at iTunes, Amazon, and other digital outlets. In 2013, movie producer Robert Townsend featured their hit single, “I Can’t Stop,” in his Entertainment One movie, “The Hive.”
Terence is currently a Supply Technician at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH. He is currently an alumni of Liberty University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Christian Counseling. He is presently in pursuit of his Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling with the seminary studies with Liberty University.
Terence is married to Rhonda L. McDuffie-Hayes. They were joined in holy matrimony January 26th, 1980. They are the proud parents of five daughters and two sons, one son-in-law, and a host of grandchildren.