2001-2008: Thomas graduated from Southeastern University with a degree in Pastoral Ministry and was hired at the 1,000+ member Generations United Church. He was received his License to Preach with the Assemblies of God in 2001 and was ordained in 2003. Under his leadership, student and young adult ministries grew from 78 to 350 students and from 12 to 44 volunteers. His communicating, leadership, and organizational abilities architected a ministry structure built to last. He elevated Beach Freak from a regional student camp to a national, premier student experience attracting in excess of 700 students from across the nation. His network of churches and leaders from these camps spans the country and includes nationally-recognized pastors, authors and speakers. Alongside his wife, Thomas developed a significant real estate portfolio, which sharpened his entrepreneurial and business skills and allowed his family to pursue further ministry endeavors.
2008-2014: Thomas completed a Masters of Science in Management, emphasized in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness in 2008. He was hired at the 2,000+ member Winston-Salem First Church (WSF) that same year. There, Thomas served as a member of the executive leadership team as Teaching Pastor. He oversaw adult ministries, stewardship, communications, assimilation, and discipleship ministries. His responsibilities included oversight of over two dozen full-time employees and thirteen departments. He was a featured member of the preaching team. In 2010, Thomas was selected for participation in the esteemed Leadership Winston-Salem Cohort, which chooses influential leaders from across disciplines in the city to collaborate on civic challenges and leadership opportunities. In 2012, Thomas led the church through a significant stewardship experience, helping 654 families collectively retire over $150,000 in debt and save $770,197, leading to a $2.2 million financial turnaround. That year, the church experienced a 16% increase in unrestricted charitable donations. This captured the attention of the Dave Ramsey organization, who featured Thomas as a contributor in their print communications and as a speaker at their Momentum Pastor's Conference, which was hosted by Thomas' friend Chris Hogan. Thomas emerged as a sought-after resource for churches and individuals desiring to increase a capacity for financial wellbeing while producing the financial devotional Seeds: Grow a Giving Life and Sense: Experience Deep Financial Change. In 2013 and 2014, Thomas chaired sessions for Regent University's conference on spiritual renewal.
2014-Present: In 2014, Thomas graduated top of his class from Wake Forest University's School of Divinity (WFUSD) with his second Masters Degree, strengthening his innate talents in both business and ministry. While at WFUSD, Thomas was instrumental in creating the University's Financial Wellbeing Initiative. That same year, Thomas was hired as the Director of Account Management and Planning for Wake Forest's Communications and External Relations Department. There, he's a member of the strategic leadership team, working with an award-winning team of writers and artists to raise $1,000,000,000 for Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest. Thomas brings his experience as a communicator, strategist, stewardship writer and consultant, and leader to leverage the resources available to fund the aspirations of the next generation of Wake Foresters. Still, Thomas remains an ordained minister and member of the teaching team at Winston-Salem First Church, a consultant for their financial initiatives, and a featured teacher and speaker for classes, seminars, and services while maintaining availability to communicate at other churches and conferences. He also is a featured contributor on financial matters for the My Big Jesus blog, which attracts a monthly readership in excess of 23,000.