About the Pastor

 


The Reverend Dr. Gregory E. Thomas has pastored the historic, Calvary Baptist Church of Haverhill, MA for 22 years. Since coming to the predominately African-American 140-year-old church, he has grown the membership, acquired new property, revamped Christian education and initiated ministries of spirituality. He initiated a revamped scholarship program for high school graduates pursuing higher education; instituted food ministries to combat hunger throughout the Merrimac Valley; started a nonprofit development corporation dedicated to taking the mission of the church outside of its walls, and created the Reverend Dr. Gregory E. Thomas African American Church Lecture Series.

A native of Cleveland, OH, he entered the preaching ministry in 1980 in Elizabeth, NJ. Dr. Thomas completed his undergraduate study in history in 1970 from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH, where he was a star football player. He received his master's degree in theological studies in 1989 from Harvard Divinity School and his doctorate of ministry in 2001 from Boston University School of Theology. He is a doctoral candidate at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in practical theology.  

Dr. Thomas has taught at Goethe University, Harvard Divinity School, Gordon Conwell Seminary and Leslie College. He has written for the American Baptist Quarterly, the National Baptist Voice and has contributed to several books. He is married to the former Janie R. McMillian and has two adult children, Staff Sgt. Eli D. Lavelanet, and Jennifer L. Thomas.  Dr. Thomas has served on many boards, including the Haverhill Housing Partnership, the former Bradford College, Habitat for Humanity in Greater Lawrence, the United Baptist Convention of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire and as Advisor to The Center for Practical Theology, Boston University School of Theology.

Reverend Dr. Thomas' publications include:

"An Association of Others" In Lived Religion-Conceptual, Empirical and Practical-Theological Approaches, Eds. Heinz Streib, Astrid Dinter, and Kerstin Söderblom, Brill Publishers 2008, 247-256.

 

"Kirchengenmeinde als Heimat" In Einführung in die Empirische Theologie, Eds. A.Dinter, H.-G. Heimbrock, and K. Söderblom, Vanderhoeck and Ruprecht GmbH & Co 2007, 119-134.


"The Pastor and Power in Congregational Polity" The National Baptist Voice, VOL. 1 NO 3, July/August/September 2002, p.51-52.

"Black and Baptist in The Bay State" American Baptist Quarterly, March 2002, Vol XXI, No. 1, p.65-77.

"Historical and Cultural Significance of Ordination as Power and Control within Dually Aligned African American Baptist Churches in Massachusetts" Doctoral Thesis, Boston University, Boston, MA. 2001

"A Rose is a Rose, but What is a Liberal?" Community Advisor Editorial, The Eagle Tribune, Monday, November 27, 2000, pg. 9.

"History and my Hope" Community Advisor Editorial, The Eagle Tribune-Greater Haverhill Edition, Monday, August 6, 2001, pg. 3.

"Mother's Day in Court" Community Advisor Editorial, The Eagle Tribune, Monday May 14, 2001, pg. 9.

"Dr King's Truths Transcend Time" Community Advisor Editorial, The Eagle Tribune, Monday January 15, 2001, pg. 9.

"God's Yes was Louder Than My No; Rethinking the African American Call to Ministry"-A Book Review, The African American Pulpit, spring 1998, pg. 85-87.

"Stand by Your Agents-Understand Their Needs, Wants and Desires-or Bid them a fond farewell" LIMRA's MARKETFACT, MAY/JUNE 1991, P. 19-21.


Honors include:

  • Induction, Baldwin Wallace College Athletic Hall of Fame, 2000
  • Marquis, Who's Who in America, 2000, 56th Edition
  • Black Achiever Award, 1991-92, Boston YMCA.
  • Outstanding Young Man in America, 1981 US Jaycees.
  • Outstanding Man in the Community, Black History Week Committee, Canton, Ohio.
  • All Ohio Athletic conference Defensive Football Team, 1969.
  • Captain and Most Valuable Player, Baldwin Wallace-College, 1969.
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