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Bishop Ted Thomas Sr.

Clergyman-Educator B.S., M.A., D.D., Senior Pastor
Born: October 19, 1935 in Raeford, North Carolina

Education: Graduate, Norfolk State University, Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics; Graduate, Hampton University, Masters of Science Degree in Mathematics; Graduate, Trinity Hall College, Doctorate of Divinity Degree

Further Study: Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois; Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia; University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia; Virginia Polytechnic University, Blacksburg Virginia; William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Clergyman: Licensed to preach in 1959. Associate Pastor, Clifton’s Tabernacle COGIC, Norfolk, Virginia. Pastor, New Community COGIC, Portsmouth, Virginia from September, 1967 to present and St. Stephen’s COGIC, Virginia Beach, Virginia from September 1991 to present. Prelate of the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia, Church of God in Christ, Inc. from November 1984 to present. Secretary of the National College of Bishops, Church of God in Christ, Worldwide from November 1984 to 2004. Member of the Board of Directors, Congress of National Black Churches, Inc. representing the Church of God in Christ, Inc. from 1986 to present. Chairman of the Advisory Board, Bank of the Commonwealth, Portsmouth, Virginia 2000-2003, Vice-Chairman, Regional Advisory Board, The Bank of the Commonwealth, Norfolk,Virginia 2004 to present.

Family Background: Married to Mrs. Charletta Clifton Thomas; father of six sons—Ted Jr., Christopher, Marc, Charles Sr., Jonathan,and Reuben; grandfather of seven grandchildren. Parents are the late Elder and Mrs. Simuel Thomas, Sr.; two sisters and four brothers.

Experience: Central District Superintendent, ten years; Administrative Assistant to the Bishop, eight years; State YPWW president, ten years; State Sunday School Superintendent, five years; Founder of the YPWW reporter, First Jurisdiction of Virginia; Mathematics teacher, Norfolk School System, three years; Mathematics Teacher, Evening College, Norfolk State University, five years; Assistant Principal, Norfolk School System, eleven years.

Bishop, Church of God in Christ, Inc.,
First Jurisdiction of Virginia, 1984 to present.

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