Pastor in Profile – Eric Thomas

Name: Eric Thomas
Birthplace: Winter Haven, FL
Job title: Pastor
Church: Family Christian Center

How and when did you come to know the Lord?
I was 6 years old when I first came to know the Lord.  I prayed and asked the Lord to come into my heart when at home with my parents.  I then recommitted my life to the Lord at age 26.

How and when did you become involved in Life ?
I have been involved in Life for as long as I can remember.  I grew up in a family that worked full-time in the Life, so I learned how to serve through the local church at a young age.  I always played the drums at church and then later my passion for sound and the technical side of things grew as I worked in those areas of Life .

What is your church doing that is exciting or unique?
We are really focused on building strong families through the practical teaching of God’s Word.  It is exciting to me when people see the Word of God come alive and then put it into practice in their daily lives.

Best part of your job?
I believe one of the best parts of my job is helping people.

Most difficult part of your job?
Helping people can also be the most difficult!

If you weren’t doing  you’re current job, what would you like to be doing?
I would kind of like to be a crab fisherman in Alaska.  That Discovery channel show “Deadliest Catch” has always looked like a big challenge and I would like to take it on.  Or, I would like to run a small restaurant with my wife, Angie.

Favorite quote or motto?
“Leave it better then you found it!” – That could be anything from the bathroom to the people you meet on a daily basis.

Favorite Bible verse or area of scripture, and why?
My favorite is Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) which states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” This passage reminds me to always keep God in the center of everything I do. 

Most influential person?
My Dad was a huge influence on my life.

Favorite way to relax?
Spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing or scuba diving.

Favorite place to go for dinner?
My favorite place for dinner is really at home.  Both my wife and I love to cook.  I usually make the entr

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