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Pastor Thomas has been the Lead Pastor at WSUMC since July 2015. He has a B.S. in Psychology from Ferrum College and an M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary.

God meets us in our fear Rev. Thomas G. James December 5, 2022 Watch

When the angel Gabriel comes to Mary, she is perplexed and confused—and no doubt, afraid. And yet, the angel’s news is: “Do not be afraid.” Do not be afraid. We hear this refrain all throughout the Christmas story and remember it is the most common phrase in all the bible. From generation to generation, God shows up in the midst of our fear and uncertainty and confusion. From generation to generation, faithful people have said “yes” despite apprehension. From generation to generation, our ancestors in faith have accepted the invitation.

There’s room for every story Rev. Thomas G. James November 27, 2022 Watch

Our series begins with Matthew’s genealogy. In that long list of names, we remember the trauma and triumph of those who came before; each name holds a story and their story gives way to Christ’s story.When you zoom in, you may not be able to see how each character propels the story forward, but when you zoom out, you can see how each story is woven together into a larger tapestry.

U U D D L R L R B A Select Start Rev. Thomas G. James November 20, 2022 Watch

Jesus says that wars and insurrections are the precursor to torment and arrests of faithful disciples. Luke proclaims these are signs that the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God is near. For many who claim the Christian faith, the events of the world today seem to eerily similar to these concerns, but should we be so certain? How should we face such uncertainties?

The Sky is Falling Rev. Thomas G. James November 13, 2022 Watch

Jesus says that wars and insurrections are the precursor to torment and arrests of faithful disciples. Luke proclaims these are signs that the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God is near. For many who claim the Christian faith, the events of the world today seem to eerily similar to these concerns, but should we be so certain? How should we face such uncertainties?

Blessed are the Poor Rev. Thomas G. James November 6, 2022 Watch

While All Saints’ Day is a time to remember our loved ones past, it is first and foremost a time to celebrate those whose lives were committed to holy living. In the Beatitudes, Luke lays out the characteristics of such holy living. When we think of the saints from our lives that we remember, are they defined by such characteristics, or at they just loved ones we miss from the past?

Feeling Abandoned Rev. Thomas G. James October 23, 2022 Watch

In the race that Paul describes, there are many stages. At times, we will run the race alongside others. But at times, we will be left to run the race on our own. In all times, we are called to acknowledge God’s presence in our midst and to proclaim the good news of God’s love.

Throw Him Into the Outer Darkness Rev. Thomas G. James October 9, 2022 Watch

Our understanding of the Outer Darkness usually mimics our understanding of hell. But are they the same thing? Is Christ really saying that the unforgiving slave will be thrown into a place of eternal torment? Perhaps it’s time we dig a little bit deeper into the “outer darkness.”