Reverend Michael O. Thomas, M.Div., D. Min., Ph. D.
The Reverend Dr. Michael O. Thomas is a spirit-filled preacher, theologian, educator, and engineer who loves the Lord. God called him to preach the Word in season and out of season. He is the former Senior Pastor of Hemingway Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Cherry Hill community of Baltimore, Maryland. Doctor Thomas also served as Senior Pastor of Payne Memorial in Baltimore, Hunter Memorial in Suitland, Maryland, St. James in Havre de Grace, Maryland, and Adams Chapel Church in Baltimore. He served as an assistant to Bishop John R. Bryant at Bethel AME in Baltimore, and Rev. Dr.Leroy Attles at ST. Paul A.M.E. Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He accepted his call to preach under the anointed ministry of Bishop John Bryant and the Rev. Dr. Cecelia Bryant, and under their leadership, Dr. Thomas led the Ministry to New Members for a number of years.
Before accepting the call to Christian ministry, Dr. Thomas worked for several years as a systems engineer at NASA/GE Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, Fairchild Industries, in Germantown, Maryland, Westingthouse Electric Defense Systems Division and Western Electric in Baltimore, Maryland. God is now using Dr. Thomas as spiritual-engineer to re-build the broken lives of the people in His kingdom. Rev.Thomas takes to heart the concept that a preacher is a Workman, who is “not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation.” To this end, wherever Dr. Thomas has ministered to the lives of God’s people they are changed and the edifice for the Lord restored.
In addition to his scientific background, The Reverend Professor Thomas taught philospohy for a number of years at Bowie State Universiay, Coppin State University, and Morgan State Universities. He currently teaches philosophy at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland and the University of Maryland University College in College Park, Maryland. As an anointed teacher, he has authored and co-published “A Model of a Servant Bishop: The Ministry of Bishop Vinton Randolph Anderson,” (Bowie) Alma Mater: Historical and Linguistic Presuppositions”, “Political Behavior,” “Introduction to Philosophy”, and “Health Disparities: A Social Challenge for the Church and Society in the New Millennium.” He has servd on several boards and committees in the community such as the Baltimore Urgan League and the Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Ethics Consultation Committee. From 2007-2009, Dr. Thomas also served as the Director of Doctoral Studies and as Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois.
Dr. Thomas received his B.A. degree from Morgan State Universtity in Philosophy and Mathematics, a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, A Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary as a Samuel DeWitt Proctor Fellow, and the Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in Theological Ethics as a John Macquarrie Fellow at the Graduate Theological Foundation, in South Bend, Indiana.
At the 64th Session of the Washington Annual Conference, Bishop William P. DeVeaux transferred Dr. Michael O. Thomas from the Baltimore Annual Conference and appointed him as pastor of the Ward Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC. Doctor Thomas is married to the Rev. Dr. Debyii Sababu-Thomas and they are the proud parents of four adult children: one daughter Mercii, and three sons, Micah, Michael, and Melech.