Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church
2708 Jefferson St
Nashville, TN 37208
Phone: 615 3292990
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Reverend James Thomas
On June 20, 1971, he became the eighth pastor of the Jefferson Street
Missionary Baptist Church. Because of his leadership, Jefferson Street has become a shining symbol of the grace of God in the greater Nashville, Tennessee community. This church is known both nationally and
internationally for its innovative approach to Christian leadership. Jefferson Street has been visited by both secular and non-secular organizations from virtually every ethnic group in this country; and has been visited twice by members of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.
During the past 42 years, Reverend Thomas' interest in the welfare of the entire community has led him into various areas of evangelic and civic
His relentless and untiring efforts have greatly benefitted the broader
community, and his work has been invaluable to the African-American diaspora.
For five years, he served as a member of the Foreign Mission Board of the
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. He also served ten years as Co-chair of the Davidson County Rainbow Coalition, having been a founding organizer. Furthermore, he served twelve years as president of the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Tennessee, and he served ten years as Moderator of the Convention's Nashville City District Association. He served a five-year term as a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Human Relations Commission. He served as president of the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship and as a Regional Officer of the NAACP in the area of Religious Affairs, as well as sits on several boards. He has been ranked among the top 100 most powerful and influential people for several years by the Nashville Post not only in the African American community but city wide. He has served as a consultant for the Institute of Church Administration and Management. Rev. Thomas’ community and governmental awards (appreciation, leadership, outstanding service) are far too numerous to list. More importantly, he has a tendency to cherish a hand written note from struggling community groups more than a citation from the White House.
Reverend Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bible Theology with a minor in Pastoral Studies from American Baptist College. He has also
completed course work toward a Master's Degree in Theology at Vanderbilt
University, Nashville, Tennessee.