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Our Pastor

Reverend William E. Thomas Jr. is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He strongly believes in church ministries that edify and build believers. Additionally, Rev. Thomas believes that the community is one of the keys to establishing and developing vibrant ministries. Currently, he serves as the Pastor at New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Lithonia, GA. He has pastored several other congregations, including Greater Gaines Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Savannah, GA; Belvin African Methodist Episcopal Church in Marshallville, GA; Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church in Thomasville, Georgia; Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Midville, GA; and Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Summertown, GA. Reverend Thomas served as an assistant pastor at Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA; and as youth pastor at Mount Hermon African Methodist Episcopal Church in Miami Gardens, FL; Antioch African Methodist Episcopal Church in Stone Mountain, GA; and Greater Payne African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, FL.

Pastor Thomas is the recipient of the following Fellowships and Grants: 

Lewis Fellows at Wesley Theological Seminary 2017-2018

Louisville Institute Pastoral Study Grant Recipient – 2020 “Can technology disembody black worship and lessen the faith formation of its people?”

The Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching – Fellow 2022

Princeton Theological Seminary – Sustaining the Preaching Life Cohort – 2022

Reverend Thomas has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Edward Waters College, Masters of Divinity from Turner Theological Seminary at the International Theological Center and has recently received a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Reverend Thomas is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary, in Atlanta, GA. 

Reverend Thomas is married to Reverend Angela Thomas, who serves as his partner in ministry, and they have a son William “Trey” Thomas, III.