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Norman Thomas, Jr.

Pastor

The Rev. Norman Thomas, Jr. was born to Drs. Norman and Inez Thomas on July 23, 1974.  He, along with his sister, Angela Bethea, grew up in the Metro Atlanta area and attended schools in both Atlanta and in Dekalb County.  He accepted Christ at the tender age of nine (9) at The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Hubert Floyd Shepherd.

He graduated from Chapel Hill Elementary and Southwest Dekalb High Schools.  Upon completion of his secondary education, he was accepted into Morehouse College.  While there, he had the opportunity to play college football as a wide receiver and was awarded an athletic scholarship during his last two years. The year, 1996, was an awesome and memorable one.  During his senior year, he accepted the call to the ministry, preached his trial sermon, and was licensed as a Baptist Minister in January of 1996.  Through the grace of God, he graduated from Morehouse with honors in May of that same year with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.  In the fall of 1996, he began his professional career as a teacher in the Atlanta Public School System.

He found his purpose that year and began the journey to unite his call in to the ministry with his profession as an educator, discovering that they were intertwined because both involved serving others while serving God.  Reverend Thomas has been recognized for his commitment to his students and their success both formally and informally.  He was awarded the prestigious recognition of Teacher of the Year at Margaret Mitchell Elementary School fro the 1999-2000 school year.  Over the years, he has also been recognized by students, parents and fellow faculty members for the respect that he demanded from the students, as well as the love and respect that he showed for his students.

While teaching, Reverend Thomas studied at the Interdenominational Theological Center, but earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the State University of West Georgia.  He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program for Educational Leadership.  As a result of his efforts and God's grace, in January 2006, Reverend Thomas was promoted to the position of Assistant Principal, where he currently serves at Meadowview Elementary School in Dekalb County.  He takes pride in his role which gives him the opportunity to work with students, parents, educators and the community to create the best learning environment for our children.

Norman Thomas, Jr. may be contacted by email at pastor@firstbaptistongresham.org or by phone at 404.243.9288.

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