On Sunday, July 25, Rev. Mahogany S. Thomas, an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, will be our guest preacher. She serves as the Executive Minister of Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) in Washington, D.C.
Before Peoples Congregational UCC, Rev. Thomas served as the Minister of Youth and Families at First Church UCC in Middletown, Connecticut, in the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ. Rev. Thomas brings a wide variety of experience including serving as a Pastoral Intern at some of the largest congregations in the UCC; First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn (UCC), Trinity UCC Chicago, and one of the most creative and diverse churches in the country, Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.
Rev. Thomas is a graduate of Yale Divinity School (YDS), where she received her Master of Divinity. Her scholarship at YDS included Homiletics, Womanist Theology, and Practical Theology at the intersections of the Black Church. She was the recipient of both the Andover Newton Seminary Diploma Program and Black Church Studies Certificate. Rev. Thomas received her Bachelor of Arts from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri and graduated summa cum laude. Her undergraduate studies focused on Religious Studies with an emphasis on sex and gender in the Christian tradition. While at Westminster College, Rev. Thomas held various positions in the banking industry, culminating as an Assistant Branch Manager at Central Bank of Boone County.
Rev. Thomas is also the recipient of several prestigious awards from Yale University. She was awarded the Charles Merick Award for Effective Public Address especially in preaching and the Henry Hallam Tweedy Award for the student with exceptional promise for pastoral leadership. Likewise, she was the recipient of the newly established Martin B. Copenhaver Preaching Prize from Andover Newton Seminary.