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Bishop Harris Thomas was born March 10, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Mary M. and Eugene Thomas, Sr. He was the third of three children (Eugene Thomas, Jr. and LaWanda D. Champion).
Bishop Thomas was first ordained as a Minister by Bishop Stella V. Mack, Pastor of Holy Cross Prayer Band Spiritual Church (Capitol Heights, MD) on November 6, 1977. Although Bishop Thomas received most of his Biblical and Church Leadership Training through the church, after his ordination he enrolled in the University of the District of Columbia to study the Old and New Testaments and religious counseling in 1977. On November 7, 1979, Bishop Mack elevated Bishop Thomas to the Board of Elder where he directed the church senior choir, young adult choir and mass choir and served as the youth Sunday School leader.
Bishop Thomas joined the Unity Fellowship Church Movement (UFCM) in 1997, through Inner Light Unity Fellowship Church Pastored by Bishop Kwabena "Rainey" Cheeks, D.D. In October 1999 under the recommendation of Bishop Cheeks, Arch Bishop Carl Bean Ordained Bishop Thomas a second time as a Reverend in UFCM, and in 2000 as pastor of Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore (UFCB), Maryland.
Bishop Thomas was elevated to the UFCM Board of Elders in 2005 and served as one of Jurisdiction 3, Mid-Atlantic Region District Elders under the leadership of Bishop Jacquelyn Holland. In 2004, he took several courses in the Old and New Testament at Howard University, School of Divinity and from 2008 to 2009 he studied Non-Profit Business Management at Southeastern University.
Bishop Thomas was consecrated as the Presiding Bishop of Jurisdiction 4 by Archbishop Carl Bean the founder and Presiding Bishop of UFCM at the 2015 National Convocation of UFCM.
Bishop Thomas served on four panels with openly gay ministers to discuss Homosexuality and the Bible, held at Maryland University, The GLCCB, and Baltimore’s Charles Theater. He also spoke at Morgan State University and several high schools for their Gay and Lesbian Student Alliance and at Howard University for the Fifth International Conference on Stigma, and at George Mason University for their Virginia’s Pride weekend. As a Co-Chair of the Baltimore City Public Schools’ “Cultural Competence Collaboration Group”, he worked to ensure that, school children were valued and respected, regardless of their sexual orientation. He facilitated a workshop on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS hosted by Churches United Against AIDS and was a presenter at a Samaritan Ministries Sponsored retreat for people with HIV/AIDS. He was one of four panelists at Hearts and Ears conferences on Mental Health discussing “Mental Health and Spirituality”.
Bishop Thomas was interview for an article in Baltimore’s Gay Life, The Baltimore Sun, and a radio program hosted by Chili Moss. He appeared on TV Channel 21 “The Xchange 8” program to discuss Maryland’s Gay and Lesbian anti-discrimination law.
Bishop Thomas lives with his husband and life partner Willie Hinton their Chi-Poo, Prince and King a mix breed rescue in Washington, DC and has a very close relationship with his daughter A’ngela Lavern Thomas-Turner, her husband Minister Reginald Turner and her mother Reverend Brenda L. Washington.