Introducing our new President!

Rev. Dr. H.O. “Tom” Thomas is the new President of the Wesleyan Covenant Association of Virginia We wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about our new President and a word about Tom from our outgoing President Rev. Gayle Thornberry.

Tom is a Director of the Good News’ Board, recent president of the Evangelical Fellowship of the Virginia Annual Conference, and a member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. An Ordained Elder in the Virginia Annual Conference, he has pastored diverse churches in Virginia, California and England and taught at higher educational institutions, including Asbury Theological Seminary from 1998 to 2003. Receiving his M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in John Wesley’s theology from the University of Bristol, Bristol, England, he and his wife Pam of forty four years lived in John Wesley’s home, “The New Room”. 

Since 2017, he has been a contributor to www.moralapologetics.com and has published articles in Methodist History and the Wesleyan Theological Journal.

The Thomas’s have two children, Karissa, an attorney in Richmond, Virginia, and John, a recent graduate of Regent University. His two year old grandson is Beau. Tom enjoys being outdoors in his little parkland woods and sitting by a warm, log fire with a good book and a mug of PG Tips tea. He is making progress on a projected book project entitled, Practicing Prayer with John Wesley. His life text is, ‘Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire to work and speak and think for Thee’.  

I have known and worked with Tom for the last 8 years and I’m always so blessed by his leadership, knowledge, and delightful humor.  He will serve our chapter well.  Tom will be at the helm with a gifted team to serve alongside him on the Board.  The full board is as follows:

Executive Board:

Tom Thomas, President (Clergy)

Mike Huff, 1st V.P. and Treasurer (Laity)

David Ford, 2nd V.P. (Clergy)

Karen Workman, Secretary (Clergy)

General Board:

Michelle Engel (Laity)

Becky Livermonn (Laity)

Diane Hassel (Deaconess)

Yunho Eo (Clergy)

Jim Noland (Clergy)

Mary Sullivan-Trent (Clergy)

Shawna Hiner (Clergy)

Jim Lavender (Clergy)

Ryan Oswald (Clergy)

Matt Meisenhelter (Clergy)

Don Gibson (Clergy)

Brandon Nichols (Clergy)

Nancy Palmer (Clergy)

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