Written by Administrator
Monday, 22 June 2009 15:30
About Barbara JP Thomas - Executive Director
Pastor Barbara JP Thomas serves the Lord as a leader in several areas including education, community development, and ministry. She is an ordained minister, wife, mother of three sons, and a grandmother.
She accepted Jesus as her personal Savior in the spring of 1984. In 1987, Barbara felt the call of God to preach the Gospel. She began her ministry by teaching Sunday school, working with youth groups, singing in choirs, and occasionally speaking. Her ministry has taken her throughout the United States and as far away as France.
She is the founder of Victorious Living Christian Life Center (VLCLC) church and Victorious Women in Christ (VWC)..
In addition to earning two diplomas, one in Christian Education and the other Pastoral Care from Rochester Institute of Christian Education (RICE), she has also earned:
• Bachelor of Science Degree in Religious Studies, Christian Education and Human Services from SUNY Empire State College
• Masters Degree in Theology (2005) from Northeastern Seminary @ Roberts Wesleyan College
• She continued her studies at Northeastern Seminary and in May of 2006 she completed the Master of Divinity program
2003 Woman of the year for Women's History Month
2000-2007 Recognition from Monroe County officials for her service to the community
2007 Recognition from Mayor Duffy and other city officials for her service to the community
Outreach and Community Service
Barbara presently serves on several boards and she is involved with a number of urban groups working to improve the lives of those in Rochester’s inner city.
She is also chair the Southwest Fest committee along with Pat Jackson, executive director of the Southwest Area Neighborhood Association (SWAN).
In the past, she has served as treasure on the board of the Greater Rochester Association of Evangelicals (GRAE), on the “Think Tank” committee at Roberts Wesleyan College, the planning committee for Flower City Work Camp, the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester volunteer, the Southwest Colts pop Warner football league, and the Parent’s Committee at John Marshall High School. She has facilitated youth workshops at Zion Hill (Reuniting the Families Seminars) and other churches throughout Monroe County. She continues to play active role at the Greater Adams Street Church of God By Faith and Victorious Living Christian Life Center.
Highly esteemed by her family, friends in the community and by human services agencies in Rochester, she is seen as an effective mentor.
Barbara's Life Scriptures
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected;
but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus
has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (NKJV)
Romans 8: 28-29
”And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall
He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NKJV)
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