Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr.

Sunrise: October 19, 1935

Sunset: June 24, 2020

Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr.

Bishop Ted Gera Thomas, Sr., General Board Member of the Church of God In Christ, Inc., Prelate of the Historical First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia, Pastor of New Community Temple COGIC, Inc. and St. Stephen’s COGIC,  Inc., received his heavenly reward and entered into the presence of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday morning, June 24, 2020 while in his home.

Bishop Ted Gera Thomas, Sr. was born to the late Elder Simuel Thomas, Sr. and Mother Nancy Thomas on October 19, 1935 in Raeford, North Carolina.

Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. joined Community COGIC in 1957 “Twin Pines” and was ordained in 1959. He served as the Associate Pastor of Clifton’s Tabernacle COGIC, Inc. in Norfolk, Virginia from 1963 to 1966 and pastored Herald of His Coming COGIC from 1984 to 1989.  Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. was the Pastor of both New Community Temple COGIC, Inc. in Portsmouth, Virginia where he served for almost 53 years and St. Stephens COGIC, Inc. in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he served for over 29 years. He has also served as Central District Superintendent, Administrative Assistant and Assistant Overseer to his former Prelate Bishop David C. Love, State Y.P.W.W. President, Editor and Founder of the Y.P.W.W. reporter, and State Sunday School Superintendent.

Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. was appointed seventh in succession as prelate of the Virginia First Jurisdiction COGIC, Inc. in 1984 and served in this position for almost 36 years.  Under his leadership, the Jurisdiction grew from eighteen churches to more than fifty in only a few short years. Noting his loyalty to God and his leadership, Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. caught the attention of the presiding Bishop J. O. Patterson and the General Board, and in 1984 the Board of Bishops elected him to serve for five consecutive terms (20 years) as it’s Secretary.  In 1986, Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. was also selected to represent the COGIC on the Board of Directors of the Congress of National Black Churches.

In 2009, Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. was appointed as an Associate Justice of the National Judiciary Board.  He was also appointed Assistant Dean of the Presiding Bishop’s Episcopal Leadership Academy in 2009.  Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. has also served as a Commissioner of Operations for the International Holy Convocation, member of the National Publishing Board, and member of the committee to renovate the Lelia Mason Home.  He was a strong supporter of Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. as an unprecedented and historic show of support for the non-profit organization in the Save African’s Children Project. During the 2012 General Assembly of the Church of God In Christ, Inc., Bishop Ted G. Thomas Sr., was elected to the General Board and served for two terms.

Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. was a long-time educator. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Norfolk State University and his Master of Science Degree from Hampton University.  He served as an Assistant Principal for the Norfolk Public School System for eleven years. He also taught Mathematics at Norfolk State University for five years.  He achieved a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Trinity Hall College and further study from Moody Bible Institute, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and The College of William and Mary.

Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. served more than 20 years on the Advisory Committee for the Bank of the Commonwealth as Board Chairman of the Cedar Road Branch and Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Board for all 21 branches. He assisted other pastors, jurisdictions and reformations in obtaining financing for church expansions.  He was the proprietor of the CMC Holdings, LLC. Carver Memorial Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia.

Preceding his death, were four brothers, Mr. Simuel Thomas, Jr., Minister Willie M. Thomas, Deacon Harold Thomas, Sr., Mr. Homer Thomas and two sisters, Ms. Bettie Thomas, and Pastor Hattie Thomas-Butts.  He leaves to cherish his wife of over 63 years, Mother Charletta Virginia Clifton Thomas., and his legacy of integrity, faith, and love to his six sons; Ted G. Thomas Jr., Elder Christopher B. Thomas, Bishop Marc A. Thomas, Sr. (Naomi), Elder Charles H. Thomas, Sr. (Kim), Jonathan D. Thomas, Reuben G. Thomas; one sister Zelma Antoinetta Thomas-Harrington.   He also leaves to continue his legacy, his nine grandchildren, Charles Jr. (CJ), Emmanuel (E-man), Marc Jr. (MJ), Kiara (Kia), Evan, Aaron, Ted J. C. (TJ), Na’Ami, and William (Marson), and one great grandson, Bryson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, church family, and friends.

Wake Service Friday, July 10, 2020 5:00pm - 9:00pm St. Stephens C.O.G.I.C 189 S Birdneck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 Service Saturday, July 11, 2020 12:00pm New Community Temple C.O.G.I.C 3615 Tyre Neck Road Portsmouth, VA 23703 Entombment Carver Memorial Cemetery 2320 E Washington Street Suffolk, VA 23434 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Elder R. Rose says

    My Pastor!
    My heart just aches knowing that he has gone to rest in the Lord.
    Praying for the Thomas Family, Love ya!

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      LaSalle Williams says

      My pastor an bishop take your rest bishop ❤️???? love u an to the Thomas family prying for u all an prying for yall

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    Lillian McCormick says

    The family of the late Martha Jane Harrington pray for the family of our Dear Cousin TED.

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      Elder Clinton Willis and family says

      To the Thomas Family,
      We love you and we loved our Bishop. We will never forget him. We are praying God’s peace upon you. Although saddened we know that Bishop Thomas is resting in God!! Love you all!!!!
      The Willis Family, Yeshua COGIC

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      Pastors Johnny & Teresa Lassiter, Sr. says

      With are with you. – Greater HOPE Manifested International Ministries, Suffolk, VA

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    Baron and Jomeica Rambert says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Thomas family, St. Stephens and New Community Temple church family and VA #1. Bishop was truly a holy man of God and we will miss him tremendously. Take your rest Bishop…We love you!!!

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      Elder Clinton Willis and family says

      To the Thomas Family,
      We love you and we loved our Bishop. We will never forget him. We are praying God’s peace upon you. Although saddened we know that Bishop Thomas is resting in God!! Love you all!!!!
      The Willis Family, Yeshua COGIC

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        Tony W says

        RIP to the Greatest Bishop I ever met.. Prayers of comfort for Thomas family and church families

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        Deaconess Theresa & Rev. Vernon Jones says

        To The Thomas Family,
        To a great Mentor and Teacher. A godly man of great stature. Best Pastor ever. You will always be loved in our hearts. To Mother Thomas, his sons, grandchildren, great grandchildren, church families and VA #1 our thoughts and prayers will always be with you. Missing you and RIP Bishop.

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          Ana Ley says

          Deaconess Theresa, my name is Ana Ley and I’m a reporter with The Virginian-Pilot writing a news obituary about the Bishop. If you’re interested in talking with me for it, could you call or text me? I’m at 757-756-3545. Thanks so much in advance.

          • Shevine Holeman says

            Greetings in the name of God! To Marc, your beautiful wife and family, Chris your beautiful wife and family, your beautiful mother, brothers and all of the Thomas family, this is Shevine Gadson Holeman and we knew each other in high school at Western Branch and Manor High School. I was sad to hear about Bishop Thomas. Although I did not know him personally, I am praying for you all. From Shevine Gadson Holeman and family.

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        Sandra E Jeffers says

        I give my deepest condolences to the family of Bishop Ted Thomas Sr, he was a great man of God. He lived the life that he preached and he has shown many the way to christ. I’ve been knowing him and the family for many years and they’re truly sent by God. They loved everyone and Bishop Thomas left back his legacy to continue on from where he left. He was just awesome and annointed and appointed and may God comfort the family during this bereavement and strengthen them. Bishop Ted Thomas you have run and finished the task and now your resting in the Arms of Our Lord And Saviour Jesus Christ. Rest on Bishop the Lord has welcomed you home. And I say to the family God is there with you while your going through I can’t tell you not to cry but it should be joyful tears. For weeping endure for a night but Joy cometh in the morning… Love you all, Sandra Jeffers

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      Sharon k johnson says

      Rest in Heaven Bishop. Well done.

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    Columbus and Barbara kellam says

    Columbus and Barbara Kellsm heart and prays goes to our Thomas ????

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    Latonya James says

    Sleep in peace Bishop

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    Dr Eric K. Brown, I. says

    Job well done Bishop. One of the last of that error and style of preaching. We celebrate your graduation.

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    Bishop Bernard Williams, D.D. says

    The COGIC has lost one of its finest General’s in the Ecclesiastical Community. Prayers for peace, strength, and comfort is extended to Mother Charletta, and the Thomas family. St. Stephens and New Community families, your pain is felt globally, and you are encouraged to hold fast to the memories and legacy of this great Warrior for the Kingdom.

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    Jamie Williams says

    A true man of God and leader like no other. You will be missed RIP Bishop.Prayers for the family and church family.

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    Barbara A. Lindsay says

    As I CELEBRATE my Birthday today I would like to take time out for The Thomas Family with BLESSINGS & PRAYERS LOVE TO ALL

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    A. Jeffrey LaValley says

    My condolences and prayers to the family and church family during this transitional season.

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    Rev. Joyce M Foster says

    Bishop Ted Thomas Sr. worked tirelessly with the adult evening students at Norfolk State University. Not only did he design programs so that the students could comprehend the subject matter but he put forth extra effort to motivate and encourage his students. Over the years I have been honored to be recognized by Bishop Thomas as a colleague and friend. I thank God for his prayers and the encouragement that he gave to me. Prayerfully I encourage the family and remind you that you are forgotten by The Green and Gold.

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    Precious Etheridge says

    We send our deepest condolences and prayers to the family of Bishop Ted Thomas and to the church family. Mother Thomas we are holding you up in prayer

    Elder Dr. Ronald & Evang. Precious Etheridge & Family
    Yonkers,New York

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    Monica Cole Thomas says

    Into everlasting peace and rest! I’m grateful for the years and memories shared growing up with the Thomas family. Bishop and mother Thomas always showed us love and grace! May God comfort and strengthen the family!

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    Minister Teresia Smith says

    To the Thomas Family
    Our hearts were sadden to hear of the passing of Bishop Ted Thomas Sr.

    We pray God’s strength in this hour and in the days ahead.
    A general in God’s Kingdom. Well Done for your legacy lives on.

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    Frances L.Dixon(Puff) says

    To The Thomas Family
    My Heart go out your family and your Church Family.My family send out our Prayers to you all.God Bless you and your family..

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    Elder and Asp. Mssy. Ernest Tyler, Jr. - Upper Room says

    To the Thomas Family, New Community Temple COGIC, and St. Stephen Church Family:
    My heart is heavy for Bishop was such an honorable man of God. He has touched me and my wife’s lives in so many ways, one is having him recommending and ordaining me as Elder last year during our Holy Convocation. I will always remember his love and kindness for all, and his forever preaching nothing but holiness and righteousness. We love you Bishop!!!

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    Harold Thomas jr. says

    The Bishop was a God fearing man and lover of teaching the gospel.He stood on the principles of the gospel he will be greatly missed. To Mother Charletta and the Thomas family much LOVE’ continue to hold to God’s unchanging hand.

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    Dr. Grace A Corbett says

    To a Gospel preaching giant, hailing from my hometown (Raeford, NC), who received his last call of duty, we salute you in the name of the Lord, your ministry has blessed millions…to the sainted Mother Charletta Thomas and the family, my condolences and prayers to you in this difficult time. God will take care of you.

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    Pastor Sherman and First Lady Linda Anderdon says

    Bishop Ted Thomas had a special love for the people. He did not listen to what people said about you. He just smiled and accepted you as you were. Our hearts skipped a beat when we got the call that our Bishop had gotten his wings.It is well with our soul. Bishop is resting! Rest on Bishop! Praying for the families. Song: I’ll Fly Away

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    Bernice Bridgers Vinson says

    Bishop Ted Thomas, a great, kind and faithful man of God. He was one of God’s seasoned and chosen pioneers who led God’s people with much compassion. He was a special blessing to our families and the Seatack Community. We will miss him, but knowing that he heard the call from God and accepted the invitation to go home from labor to reward. We bless God for his life and legacy. Family, we are praying for you and Mother Thomas.
    From the Bridgers, Vinson Family (Va Beach & Hampton Va)

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    Tarsha Spencer and family says

    Rest In Peace uncle Ted, you are a wonderful man that will be truly missed.

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    Fred&Brenda says

    Our Condolences and Prayers are with your family and church family. Bishop Ted Thomas, May the work you have done speak for you. How can we say thanks for all the thanks you done? I will just thank the Lord!! I praise God for letting you help us and lead the COGIC. You was a good man! We will continue in the FAITH and do what God requires of me. To live Holy and justly toward all people. With God’s will be alright. Take your rest. God will take care of your wife, Mother Thomas, your family, all your churches and the members. Sorry you did not get to meet our 1st Grandson. I know how you loved the childen. See you in the rapture!!
    With Love and Respect -The Walden’s

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    Darius & Donna says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and church family. Well done thy good and faithful servant. Rest in Peace Bishop Thomas.

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    Dr. Diana Banks says

    To the Thomas Family. I condole with you in that we have lost a valuable relations in the person of Bishop Ted Thomas, Sr. Truly he will be missed by all as this was a mighty man of valor. We accept the perfect will of God. Our beloved Bishop Thomas was a Holy Ghost filled leader who loved God and the people of God. We will miss his testimony, his singing and his healing prayers.
    We pray for strength and courage for you Mother Thomas and for the sons, and grandchildren as well as the church and extended family members.
    In closing to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
    We love you and are praying for you.
    Dr. Diana Banks and the MDC Dept. of Women, Baltimore, MD

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    Juanita Lucas says

    To The Thomas Family and My COGIC Family:
    Each of you, have my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences. May God shower you with continual comfort, hug you with endless love, kiss you with peace that passeth all understanding, and hold your hand with soothing encouragement forever.
    I Love Each Of You Dearly,
    Juanita Lucas
    White City Chapel COGIC
    Southern District #1

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    AC Dumas says

    My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during your time of bereavement! SERVANT, WELL DONE!

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    Mother Eleanor Morrison says

    May the Lord sustain you during the pain-filled days of grief and sorrow.. My prayers are with you family, and you have my deepest sympathy.

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    Jessie Britt Jr says

    With deepest sympathy and a prayer that the Lord will fill your days with His peace and bring comfort to your heart and family.
    Be Bless, Elizabeth and Jessie Britt Jr. & Family

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    J. Mckinley Cypress & Family says

    July 6, 2020
    Praying for you in your time of loss. May peace surround you. Blessings and prayers.
    J. Mckinley Cypress & Family.

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    Superintendent Harold Woodley says

    Bishop Ted Thomas was a tremendous man of God with a great legacy. May the comfort and consolation of the Holy Spirit be with all who mourn his passing.

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    Kita M. Thomas says

    Bishop Ted Thomas was a man of Greatness, Holiness and Humility, but most of all he was a Kind and Compassionate Uncle full of wisdom and truth. Uncle Ted was always thoughtful, generous and loving. I always enjoyed spending time with him when I would visit Virginia. His smile and laughter I will never forget. I don’t have one bad thought or word to say about my uncle. It really saddens me to know that, because of this pandemic that I am not able to be there to show my love and support. Uncle Ted was always there for me, whenever I needed him. I will fondly cherish my thoughts and memories of my precious uncle. It breaks my heart that I will no longer have the opportunity to sit with him and enjoy his good cooking. May God’s comfort , peace and unfailing love be with you all. I love you Aunt Charletta, Ted Jr, Chris, Marc, Charles, Johnathan and Rueben. Do know that I love and care about each and everyone of you. I’m just a phone call away.

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    Gen. Dr. Daniel O. Griffin,, USAR/USAFNG says

    Gen. Dr. Daniel O.Griffin, USAR/USAFNG deepest condolences and prayers go out to Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. families on behalf of his spirit, kindness, personality will always be remembered by those who were touched by his understanding that the quality of his extraordinary existence would be challenging but his first time ready to adventurous spiritual soul was huge heart and smile to match his distinctive infectious influences charm adventurous spirit relationship remembered forever. There comes a hallelujah time in this human life when we all must say “Goodbye ” but faith, love, hope and trust will never disappear from the millennium globalization world of future.

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    Julia Agee McCaa says

    praying for mother and family. Sierra Vista First Church of God in Christ Pastor Clea Otis McCaa

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    Robert A Veney, says

    The impact made on the lives of New Hope COGIC, the Maryland Central Jurisdiction and my family and I will stand forever as a tribute to the unselfish leadership taught and lived by this extraordinary leader. Our prayers will continually be offered for the family and Mother Thomas. Whatever we can do in this time we stand ready to serve. God bless

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    Pastor Charles Reid, Jr. says

    Our condolences to everyone connected to Bishop Ted G. Thomas – What a wonderful man to pattern life and ministry after! I’ve known Bishop Thomas for most of my life and he has ALWAYS been a man who loves God and love God’s people! I was honored to play for some Christmas Eve Midnight Services under Elder Christopher Thomas, and was ALWAYS welcomed by he, His lovely wife, Lady Charletta, and the Thomas brothers! The last time I was Bishop Thomas was here in Texas – He was just as friendly as he always was. I will never forget his words of wisdom and church building tips. I pray for the entire Thomas Family, New Community, and St. Stephen’s COGIC Families as they navigate this new season! Bishop Thomas has pointed the direction of the Kingdom of God… now we must walk it out! – Charles Reid, Jr – Kingdom Life Church, Killeen, Texas

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