MEET THE BISHOP
Dr. Nathan Thomas
“Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”
(1 John 5:4-5)
Bishop Dr. Nathaniel Thomas did just as the above scripture said…He overcame! He was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan with five brothers. Living in an unsaved household and determined to serve our God, Bishop Thomas would sneak to church at every possible opportunity.
Accepting Christ as his Savior and being called to preach at age 9, it was his determination that ultimately “saved” his household as he strives to build a legacy for his precious and gifted children.
Bishop Thomas has over 30 years of experience in the ministry, with 20 years as a pastor. At the age of 19, he became the pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Chicago, Illinois. In 1991, he organized New Bethany Baptist Church. We praise God that Bishop Thomas’ ears are sensitive to the voice of God because He ordered his steps to organize and pastor Eph’phatha (which means, “Be Opened” (Mark 7:34) Baptist Church Ministries in 1997.
Under Bishop Thomas’ leadership, Eph’phatha was established on October 5, 1997 with 36 charter members. In the latter part of 1998, Bishop Thomas was led by the Holy Spirit to unite Eph’phatha with the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, thereby evoking our name modification to Eph’phatha Full Gospel Baptist Church Ministries. Less than two years after uniting with the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, Bishop Thomas was appointed District Overseer for the Central Texas District. Since its foundation, through his Bible based leadership, sermons, and teachings, over 1100 souls have united with the ministry. In April of 2002, Eph’phatha World Outreach Ministries united with the King’s Apostle Church World Ministries, where Bishop Thomas was consecrated and ordained in August 2002 at the same time birthing Fresh Oil Family Church.
Bishop Thomas’ Ministerial Vision, implanted by the Holy Spirit, is personified in Fresh Oil's Missions Statements and Values. Many lives have been enormously affected and enriched by the presence of Bishop Dr. Nathaniel Thomas, “The Chosen One.”