Rev. Leo R. Thomas is married to Mrs. Kimberly R. Thomas and is the proud father of four. He is a Christian Educator and a Counselor who is a catalyst for positive change through his dedication to teaching the scriptures.
Pastor Thomas surrendered his will to the Lord and accepted the call to ministry in 1995. Under the leadership of Pastor David Buggs of Central Baptist Church in Carson, CA, Pastor Thomas was licensed to preach the gospel on October 29, 1995 and was ordained on July 13, 1997.
After several years of faithful service at Central Baptist, Pastor Thomas sought to grow further in his ministry. In early 2006, he was called upon to be an associate minister at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in San Pedro, CA. In November of 2006, former pastor Chaplain Von W. Arterberry retired from the pastoral vineyard and a pastoral search was underway.
Pastor Thomas has sought God’s will for our church and has led his congregation through years of growth and blessings and because of the growth he instituted an 8:00 a.m. service in January, 2014. Under his leadership the Couples’ and Singles’ ministries as well as the Sisterhood were initiated and several ministries were revamped.
On January 17, 2015, Pastor Thomas received his degree and the distinct title of Doctor of Divinity from Saint Thomas Christian University located in Jacksonville, FL.
The new Dr. Thomas has shared with us that God has given him a vision of what the future holds for Mt. Sinai. Dr. Thomas continues to share God’s vision for our church family and our congregation continues to grasp the vision to help bring it to reality.
Contact Pastor Thomas at: email@example.com
Thought for the Month: September 2017
“You must not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or sheep with a defect or any serious flaw, for that is detestable to the LORD your God.”
God’s love for His people stirred Him to sacrifice that which meant the most to Him—His only begotten Son (John 3:16). Therefore, if we understand His love for us, it would be a reasonable expectation that we give back to God that which means the most to us.
The Old Testament tells us that God set a clear expectation of the high standard for the sacrifices He required of His people. A sacrifice worthy of dedicating to God had to cost the people something. As their hearts shifted away from God, the people began struggling to give God our best offerings. They would bring blind, lame, and sick animals, as if God wouldn’t know the difference (Mal. 1:8). God saw what they were doing and stated their offerings were ineffective (Mal. 1:10). Throughout the Old Testament period, God was setting the stage for the ultimate, perfect, and sinless sacrifice of His Son for the sins of humanity.
The offerings we give back to God reveal the condition of our hearts. A heart that is filled with great appreciation for the love God has shown to us, will respond in selfless devotion. If we are unwilling to sacrifice our time, our possessions, our money, or our energy and our gifts/talents, that is an indication that we don’t love God as He desires for us to. God delights in those who give to Him cheerfully out of a loving heart, a person who understands that God is the source of everything he or she has and who knows that God will more than compensate for whatever is sacrificed for Him (2 Cor. 9:8).
If you are a child of the Most-High God, and yet you struggle in giving Him your best; take a moment and reflect on what God sacrificed for you. You will quickly realize—He deserves nothing less, than your best. #nothingbutthebest4thebest!
Be blessed and encouraged,