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Serving his first pastorship
In the pulpit
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Pastor Curtis Thomas stands with his family. - photo by Photo provided.
When he arrived in Liberty County for his new military assignment, little did he know he would eventually become a pastor in this county. Since January 2008, Curtis Thomas has served as the pastor of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Walthourville.
“I am excited and looking to do great things. We are in a refurbishing mode at the church,” Pastor Curtis Thomas said.
Pastor Thomas has been in the ministry since 2004.  Prior to becoming pastor of Friendship, he served as the president of the Brotherhood at Baconton Missionary Baptist Church in Allenhurst and sang in the male choir.  
In October, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 116th church anniversary. Although the membership is small, Pastor Thomas is full of anticipation.
“The members are eager and willing to learn. They want someone to lead them in the right direction. The community has been very receptive to me,” he said.
 “People want to know that you are real and are living what you are preaching. I must lead by example,” Thomas said. Pastor Thomas said he enjoys teaching people the Word.
“My vision is to help the church grow spiritually, as well as physically. We have to crawl before we walk and walk before we run. If we remain faithful, God will be with us,” he said.  “The church is beginning to grow. At this time, we are doing what we can with what we have. Friendship is in a good location.”
Thomas loves people and has traveled extensively. While in the military, he was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Panama, Korea, Germany, Fort Stewart and Africa. Thomas credits his pastor, Hermon Scott of Baconton, with having a profound impact on him and his ministry.  “He taught me that you have to love the people and  do what ‘thus’ says the Lord. Always remember it is not our church, it belongs to God.”
In addition to serving as pastor of Friendship, Thomas is the vice president of the Liberty/Bryan Area Congress. He also is a member of the Liberty County United Ministerial Alliance. Pastor Thomas has an associate from Central Texas University and is  currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree with Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, Ga.

He relaxes by working in his yard. “I used to play basketball,” he said. Thomas said he loves to sing and finds himself doing a lot of singing at church.
Pastor Thomas is married to Felicia Thomas and they live in Hinesville. The Thomases have been married 23 years and are the parents of two children (Brandi and Hamilton). Felicia Thomas is a teacher at Joseph Martin Elementary School.
The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church family invites you to come and fellowship with them on the first and third Sundays at 11:30 a.m. Sunday school is held at 10:15 a.m. and Bible study is held Wednedays at 7 p.m.

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