†††††††††††† In April of 2008, the church voted to accept Rev. Thomas as the 4th pastor of the Nazareth Baptist Church.† Under Pastor Thomasí leadership the membership is continuing to grow and the church is flourishing.† Rev. Thomas places great emphasis on the WORD OF GOD, spiritual growth and church unity and love.†† Rev. Thomas has added to both the Deacon and Deaconess ministries, and established a Joint Board, Planning Committee and has consecrated the Deaconess for spiritual service.†
At Godís direction, Pastor Thomas instituted† or† reestablished†† the†† following ministries: Leadership Training, Vacation Bible School, Weekly Prayer Service and Bible Study Sunday School Expansion, New Member Orientation Training Classes, Womenís Fellowship Ministry, Created Church Website, Led the church in Evangelism and Outreach, Instituted Womenís and Menís Retreats/Conferences, Instituted Church Planning Committee,† and Updated Constitution and Bylaws.
The emphasis on spiritual growth, has benefited the church and has had an impact on the church finances.† This increase enabled Pastor Thomas to lead the church in the multiple church renovation projects without having to secure debt.† Following are some to the renovation and beatification projects:
® Front wall and steps replaced,
® upstairs bathroom installed to accommodate the senior members
® Church parking added to the rear of the church,
® Replaced the roof, air conditioner and carpet,
® New sound system installed
Additionally, Rev. Thomas enhanced the worship experience by replacing the sound system and adding a new keyboard to the services.† A digital sign was purchased and installed for the church which serves a key evangelism tool and he established a church beautification project which included painting the sanctuary, vestibule and downstairs areas.† We are truly thankful for what God has done for the Nazareth Baptist Church and we stand in awe of what He shall do in the future.
†††††††††††† Rev. Thomas is currently leading the church in a fundraising campaign to make the church handicap accessible.† With a goal to ensure that all people regardless of their disabilities, have† the opportunity to join in public worship, more than $45k has been raised to date.† Also, with the establishment of the research committee, efforts are on their way to determine the best accessibility solution for the Nazareth Baptist Church.
The† Thomas Years
Nazareth was without a Pastor for only a few months when Rev. Roy D. Thomas a longtime friend of Nazareth and our current pastor was asked to come and help the church through the transition.† The church voted that Rev. Thomas become the Interim Pastor in March 2007.† During this time, the church began to grow.†