Rev. Dr. Reginald Thomas, Sr. was called to preach at an early age, and preached his initial sermon at The Ebenezer Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Mark Saunders. Since 1994, Dr. Thomas has served as the Pastor of the Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Under his leadership, the church has provided effective ministry to the congregation and the community. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Thomas has sought to make Greater Gethsemane a church that goes beyond the walls in order to bring people to Jesus by meeting both their spiritual and physical needs, empowering them to break generational strongholds, and live more abundantly.
Dr. Thomas served as a District Overseer in the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship, and currently serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors, under the leadership of Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Sr. In 2011, he served as one of the lecturers during the historic Hampton University Minister’s Conference. In addition to serving multiple in spiritual organizations, Pastor Thomas also serves within his community. He is the founder of Urban Life Solutions, Inc., a community development corporation designed to effectively minister to individuals, families, and the urban communities at large empowering them to overcome societal and economic strongholds. Dr. Thomas also serves on the Board of Directors for the prestigious Baltimore Mental Health Systems, Incorporated.
Dr. Thomas believes that when leaders stop learning, they stop growing. His academic portfolio includes: a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson State University; a Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theology from Philadelphia Bible College and Seminary; a Master of Arts in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary; and an earned Doctor of Ministry, with a concentration in Formational Counseling, from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio.
In addition to being a faithful pastor, and a dynamic preacher and teacher, Dr. Thomas also makes family life apriority. He is the loving husband of First Lady Stephanie, and the proud father of Reginald Jr., Candace Victoria, and Kayla Moriah.
Lady Stephanie Thomas is the only child of Clyde and Elaine Davis. As a native Baltimorean she received her primary education in the public school system graduating with honors from nationally renowned Western High School. Lady Thomas received an Associate of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and was listed in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She also attended Towson University and earned a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Strayer University.
At Greater, she has served as the facilitator of the Women of Excellence ministry and as a member of the Praise and Worship ministry and Chara Praise Dancers. She has also served as a speaker for numerous Women’s ministries and continues to use her gifts for the kingdom.
She is the loving wife of Pastor Reginald Thomas of the Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland and the mother of Reginald Jr., Candace Victoria, and Kayla Moriah.
Known for her radiant smile and gift of encouragement, Lady Thomas is a blessing to many. She is committed to her God-given responsibilities as wife and mother and makes home a priority as she holds fast to Isaiah 41:10, knowing that she is held in God’s righteous right hand.
The Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church (GGMBC) was created by God through the use of His man-servant Pastor J.R. Halsey on the fourth Sunday of January in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred eighty-two. It was a cold, icy winter day when a group of believers came together in a small section of a church located on the corners of Broadway and Gay streets, Old Knox Presbyterian. After the Word was preached and the invitation was given for discipleship, sixty-six people joined what is now known as the Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.
The years that followed were not without difficulties and hardships, but they were also not without GOD. With His directions, His blessings, His grace and mercies, His Divine guidance, His Son interceding on the Church’s behalf and the indwelling Holy Spirit abiding in the hearts and minds of its members, the church pressed on. Although the first year of Worship Services was held in the basement under adverse conditions, such as no heat, overflowing toilets, and no water, the members did not grow weary. They did not lose faith or sight but kept their eyes on the mark, and the Lord blessed His Church. The Church grew in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord, Jesus Christ, and its membership increased.
The Church was officially set apart from the New Pilgrim Baptist Church on the fourth Sunday in March 1982. It had its first Deacon’s Ordination Service on the fourth Sunday of May 1982. Other special services held during this first year included: a Combined Men and Women’s Day, a Youth Day, and Ushers’ Anniversary. The ministries/auxiliaries formed during this first year were the Ushers’ Board, Sanctuary Choir, Vocal Choir, Male Chorus, Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, Christian Club, Nurses Unit, and the Men’s Progressive Club.
In December 1982, the Church moved to North Avenue and Wolfe Streets, where it shared the Sanctuary with the Faith Lutheran Church. The Church was allowed use of the Sanctuary on Sunday afternoons, Thursday evenings, and Saturday afternoons. Its Sunday morning service began at 1:00 p.m; the same time services at other Churches were ending. All other activities including prayer services, church school, choir rehearsals and other meetings were held on Thursday evenings, or Saturday afternoon. Many people said, “This Church would not survive”, but through the Grace of God and the many prayers of saints and well- wishers, the Church continued worshiping, praising, trusting and believing by the faith that God would bless them and bring them; and He did!
On Sunday, November 9, 1986 God gave the Church its own sanctuary at 2525 East Preston Street. He not only gave the Church a sanctuary, but other buildings, which have been used for a variety of activities including: Christian workshops, vacation bible school, choir rehearsals, and sharing with other bodies of believers who were in need of a place to hold their worship services. It has been said by some that God not only blessed GGMBC with “peanut butter,” but with “jelly” to go along with it.
In January 1992, God called Halsey home. With God’s help, the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and Deacon Marrow’s leadership, the Church prayed that God would send them an Under Shepherd, whose steps were ordered by the Lord. While waiting for God to move, some grew weary and left the Church. Others became impatient and formed their own Church. Some tried to elect a Pastor by unethical means and formed their own Church after the Lord called our current Pastor. The rest of the Church waited on the Lord, looking to Him with faith to send the man that He had already selected and ordained to be the leader of His flock.
In August 1994, God revealed to the Church, via a church election, that He had chosen Reverend Reginald Thomas Sr. to be the leader of His flock. Formal Installation Services were held on the first Sunday in November 1994, but Reverend Thomas, Sr. actually became the Pastor of GGMBC immediately after the election.
Since 1994, Reverend Reginald Thomas has served as the Pastor of the Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Baltimore. Maryland. During that time over thirty active in-house ministries have been established and the church has grown to approximately 1,000 active members. Pastor Thomas has impacted the lives of his congregants as well as the surrounding community. He has acquired a total of nine properties in the community. Under his leadership, Greater Gethsemane Ministries has been mobilized to go beyond the walls of the church in order to bring people to Jesus by meeting both their spiritual and physical needs, empowering them to break generational strongholds, and equipping them with the information and resources to not just live, but to live more abundantly. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Reverend Thomas has served as the Baltimore City District Overseer for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. Pastor Thomas’ commitment and love extends not only to the people of God, but to the community as well. He is founder of Urban Life Solution, Inc., a community development corporation that is designed to effectively minister to individuals, families, and the urban communities at large by teaching and empowering them to overcome societal and economic stronghold.
When we look back and see how far we have come, truly we have a testimony.
When we think about how much the Lord has blessed us, our souls cannot help but cry out Hallelujah! Thank You, Lord, for having Your way in our lives, in our homes, and in this Church, and thank You for choosing Pastor Thomas to continue to lead this body of believers.
We believe that God is the Father Almighty and that He is the Maker of Heaven and Earth as the scriptures have said.
We believe in Jesus, that he is the Christ and the only begotten Son of the Father. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.
On the third day, He rose from the dead and declared victory over the grave, death and hell. He has gone back to the Father to prepare a place for us in His Kingdom. He will come back as He promised victory over the grave, death and hell. He has gone back to the Father to prepare a place for us in His Kingdom. He will come back as He promised to judge the world and to deliver the righteous.
We believe in the Holy Ghost, the Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sin, the resurrection of the body and the eternal life for all true believers.