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Clergyman-Educator B.S., M.A., D.D., Senior PastorBorn: October 19, 1935 in Raeford, North Carolina
Education: Graduate, Norfolk State University, Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics; Graduate, Hampton University, Masters of Science Degree in Mathematics; Graduate, Trinity Hall College, Doctorate of Divinity Degree.

Further Study: Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois; Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia; University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia; Virginia Polytechnic University, Blacksburg Virginia; William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Clergyman: Licensed to preach in 1959; Associate Pastor, Clifton’s Tabernacle Church of God in Christ (COGIC), Norfolk, Virginia; Pastor, New Community COGIC, Portsmouth, Virginia from September, 1967 to present and St. Stephens COGIC, Virginia Beach, Virginia from September 1991 to present; Prelate of the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Virginia, COGIC, Inc. from November 1984 to present; Secretary of the National College of Bishops, COGIC, Worldwide from November 1984 to 2004; Member of the Board of Directors, Congress of National Black Churches, Inc. representing COGIC, Inc. from 1986 to present; Justice, National Judiciary Board, COGIC, Inc.; Commissioner of Operations, International Holy Convocation; Assistant

Dean, Episcopal Leadership Academy, COGIC, Inc.; Member of the General Board of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. from 2012 to present; Proprietor, CMC Holdings, LLC, Carver Memorial Cemetery; Chairman of the Advisory Board, Bank of the Commonwealth, Portsmouth, Virginia 2000-2003; Vice-Chairman, Regional Advisory Board, The Bank of the Commonwealth, Norfolk, Virginia 2004 to 2011.

Family Background: Married to Mrs. Charletta Clifton Thomas; father of six sons – Ted Jr., Christopher, Marc, Charles Sr., Jonathan, and Reuben; grandfather of seven grandchildren. Parents are the late Elder and Mrs. Simuel Thomas, Sr.; two sisters and four brothers.

Experience: Central District Superintendent, ten years; Administrative Assistant to the Bishop, eight years; State YPWW president, ten years; State Sunday School Superintendent, five years; Founder of the YPWW reporter, First Jurisdiction of Virginia; Mathematics teacher, Norfolk School System, three years; Mathematics Teacher, Evening College, Norfolk State University, five years; Assistant Principal, Norfolk School System, eleven years.

Bishop, Church of God in Christ, Inc.
First Jurisdiction of Virginia, 1984 to present.

Member of the General Board of the Church of God in Christ, Inc., 2012 to present.