Gregory S. Thomas, Pastor

Gregory Thomas is the Pastor of St. Paul AME Church. Ordained as an Itinerate Elder in 1997, he has over two decades experience in ministering to churches. Reverend (Rev.) Thomas has been the lead pastor of St. Paul since 2015. It’s his third congregation, in the metro Cleveland area.

Pastor Thomas’ goal remains to promote the individual care and spiritual well-being of each parishioner, to develop, innovate and actualize unique ministries, to promote the tenants of faith, counsel families, individuals and couples, to serve the local metro Cleveland community and above all to represent the very Jesus that he talks about every Sunday.

Since May 16 1987, at approximately 5:02 pm, he has been married to the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Michelle. Together they had two children, Gregory Jr. (deceased) and Cherise. 

While he is a pastor, husband and father, he is also an attorney, specializing in probate matters, including but not limited to, family and death planning, estates, and representing clients of misdemeanor cases.

Native to Cleveland, he enjoys watching sports and true crime documentaries, like the FBI Files and Cold Case Files, with his daughter and wife and trying new restaurants around the greater Cleveland area. He is a fan of popcorn, Licorice, and various gummy candies.

Alma Mater:

Payne Theological Seminary – Master of Divinity, anticipated June 2026.

Cleveland Marshall College of Law – Juris Doctorate, December 1992 (Dean’s List | Ohio Bar Association.)

University of Toledo – Bachelor of Arts, Information Systems, June 1985.

Pastoral Experience:

St. Paul AME Church – Cleveland, Ohio (2015 – present)

Quinn Chapel AME Church – Cleveland, Ohio (2008 – 2015)

Greater Bethel AME Church – Cleveland, Ohio (1999 – 2008)

Favorite Scriptures:

“When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified.”

  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 NLT

“… But as for me and my family (house), we will serve the Lord.”  

  • Joshua 24:15 NLT

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