Dr. Thomas holds the following academic degrees: Doctor of Ministry from Sam Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia; Master of Divinity from Shaw Divinity School, Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina; and Bachelor of Science in Math/Computer Science from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama.
Dr. Thomas' goal in life is to simply serve the present age as a fruit-bearing disciple of Jesus.
In addition to the pastorate, since 1998, Dr. Thomas serves as a doctoral mentor at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Within that capacity, he has mentored groups whose focus was Collaborative Leadership and is presently mentoring a group whose focus is Preaching Through Leadership in the African American Church. Dr. Thomas is an instructor for the Pastor's Conference of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and Union Bible College, Durham, North Carolina.
As a writer in process, Dr. Thomas has authored a book entitled, Let Us Pray, and Becoming a Fruit-Bearing Disciple. He was the Editor of the Baptist Informer, a publication produced by the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Through the Baptist Informer, Dr. Thomas has published numerous articles.
Pastor & 1st Lady
Rev. Dr. Terry Thomas is currently the pastor of the West Durham Baptist Church. He is a native of Hurtsboro, Alabama, number four of thirteen children born to the Rev. Benjamin Franklin Thomas and the late Naomi Thomas. He is married to the former Valerie Ann Robertson of Queens, New York. He previously served as pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, Madison, Wisconsin and the First Baptist Church, New Hill, North Carolina.