The temptation for Jordan Daniel May to stay in the Marines tortured him. His desire to serve his country was stronger than ever after 9/11. But he knew that he made a mistake when he reenlisted several years before. God wanted him in ministry.

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Jordan was a military man to the core. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1994 and reenlisted in 1998. After 9/11, his regiment became the 4th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Anti-Terrorism) and later became what is now called MARSOC (Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command). He was the engineer chief for the unit, and in 2002, was to deploy to the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan.

He admitted, “I was supposed to get out and go to school for ministry, but my love for the Marines overwhelmed me. I wanted to serve God, but in a ‘regular way.'"

“I reasoned with God: ‘I'll be a Marine, get married, raise kids in the church, teach Sunday School, whatever,’” he continued. “They are all honorable things. But, God had other plans for me; I couldn't live a regular life.”

After a long discussion with his Commanding General, Jordan knew what he needed to do. He left the Marines on August 15, 2002, and enrolled at SAGU two days later.

Jordan heard about the university through his pastor and alumnus Steve Weaver of New Life Christian Fellowship (Cypress, Texas). He knew that SAGU was the best option for his seminary studies.

“I reasoned with God: ‘I'll be a Marine, get married, raise kids in the church, teach Sunday School, whatever,’” he continued. “They are all honorable things. But, God had other plans for me; I couldn't live a regular life.”

In 2005 Jordan graduated from SAGU with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies. He went on to complete his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology at Princeton Seminary.

After seminary, he applied for Correctional Chaplaincy in 2009. The application process was tedious. Both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Assemblies of God conducted a rigorous background and credit check and required a minimum of two years experience as an ordained minister.

As a chaplain, Jordan’s responsibility is to protect the religious rights of inmates and protect the government from lawsuits. On any given day, he may interact with individuals from 15 or more religions.

"When it comes to the Protestant faith, I can lead classes and services, that is, I preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ un-apologetically. All inmates know where I stand when it comes to the Gospel,” Jordan shared.

“But when I deal with other individuals I try to be as fair and consistent as I can,” he explained. “I believe that being fair is one of the best witnessing tools I can use. One day when the Holy Spirit deals with those individuals, they will remember, ‘Oh yeah, I knew this Christian man once, and he was really fair to me.'"

In January 2013, Jordan released his second book “Global Witnesses to Pentecost: The testimony of ‘Other Tongues’” with a foreword by Dr. George O. Wood. May shared, “I felt the Spirit impress upon me to work on a book that recounts stories of xenolalia, which is when one speaks in tongues and it is recognized as a real, authentic language.”

The book recounts 80 plus experiences where xenolalia is interpreted in 30 different languages. Many of the stories involve notable Pentecostal leaders like George O. Wood (AG General Superintendent), G. Raymond Carlson (former AG General Superintendent), Mark Rutland (ORU President), Paul Ai (former Vietnamese AG General Superintendent), Loren Cunningham (YWAM founder) and Byron Klaus (AGTS President).

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Jordan Daniel May is an endorsed Assemblies of God Chaplain (Correctional). He was recently named Lead Protestant Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. An SME is called upon to answer questions—potentially legal—regarding the faith group represented.

He frequently publishes articles for academic journals and is one of the editors for “Trajectories in the Book of Acts: Essays in Honor of John Wesley Wyckoff." His essay, “Is Luke a Reader-Response Critic?: Luke’s Aesthetic Trajectory of Isaiah 49:6 in Acts 13:47,” in "Trajectories in the Book of Acts" won one of the three Awards of Excellence for an academic article or essay from the Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship at the 40th Annual Meeting for Society for Pentecostal Studies in Memphis, Tenn. (2011). He is working on a Festschrift for retired AGTS professor Dr. Benny C. Aker with Craig S. Keener and Jeremy Crenshaw.

Jordan will marry his fiancé Amanda in July 2013. He hopes to continue his writing and prison ministry work. He resides in Raleigh, NC.

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