PASTOR ERIC THOMAS
Born on February 13, 1968, his musical gift was immediately demonstrated at age 3. He began playing tunes by ear before receiving formal piano lessons. God inspired him to write his first song at the age of 4, entitled, “A Man Called Jesus”. His mother, Eleanor Thomas, raised him and his five siblings in the fear and admonition of the Lord. He was taught to always put God first in his life.
Elder Thomas is a product of Greater Harvest Baptist Church where he has been a lifetime member. He began his spiritual growth under the leadership of the late Rev. Henry Bracken. At age 7, under the direction of his grandmother, the late Mildred Cole, he played the piano for the Sylvia Boddie Youth Choir at Greater Harvest. He was inspired and trained by two great Ministers of Music, the late Dr. Robert E. Wooten Sr. and the late Professor Joseph Henderson. He began taking music lessons at 9 years old from Dr. Wooten, and later studied classical music under Professor Felix Gang at Roosevelt University.
Elder Thomas has been an organist at Greater Harvest even before his feet could comfortably touch the organ peddles. He sought God early and was filled with the Holy Ghost at the age of 12. He was officially appointed as Minister of Music under the leadership of one of our former pastors, the late Rev. A.C. Coleman. He renders his talents to all three choirs, Sylvia Boddie Youth Choir, Young Adult Choir, and Radio Choir.
Elder Thomas is an accomplished anointed musician, composer and producer. He has shared his talents with such groups as the Wooten Choral Ensemble, Walter Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, Mark Hubbard and the United Voices for Christ, The Chicago Mass Choir, The African American Religious Connection Mass Choir, Dennis Cole and the NU City Mass Choir, and Reginald McCracken and the Voices of Praise. He has worked as an organist for various churches including St. Sabina Catholic Church under the leadership of Father Pfleger, Fellowship Baptist Church under Rev. Cay Evans, First Church of Deliverance under the leadership of the late Rev. Eugene Gray and the late Rev. Harold D. Porter and Sweet Holy Spirit Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Larry Trotter. He has also accompanied such artists as Aretha Franklin, Usher Raymond, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McKlurkin, Jennifer Holliday, Clifton Davis, Kirk Franklin, The Barrett Sisters, Dorothy Norwood, Tremaine Hawkins, Darryl Coley, Yolanda Adams and the late Thomas Whitfield. He has traveled throughout the United States playing at the White House as well as in foreign countries including Switzerland, Israel, Sweden, and Canada.
Even as a musician, Elder Eric Thomas has always had a heart for his church. He has chaired many programs and special drives to help edify the body of Christ both spiritually and financially. He is known for thinking “big” and “outside of the box”. He puts no limit on God and is a strong believer in God’s favor for those who obey his word. He also has a passion for reaching out to hurting people.
Answering God’s call to the ministry, Elder Thomas was ordained on February 28, 1999. He was appointed as Assistant Pastor of Greater Harvest M.B. Church under the leadership of our late Pastor, Rev. Robert L. Polk. Elder Thomas was a faithful and humble Assistant Pastor until Rev. Polk made his transition. Elder Thomas was officially elected as Pastor of Greater Harvest M.B. Church on February 21, 2007.
Elder Thomas also spearheads efforts to adopt US Veterans and bless their families for Christmas. Greater Harvest has hosted several community festivals, providing haircuts, school uniforms and supplies to school age students, health education and HIV/Aids awareness workshops and testing.
At present day, he is the visionary for the community based nonprofit Harvest Holistic Community Development Corporation (HHCDC) which partners with civic organizations, community arts programs, educational institutions, health care and social service agencies, and local businesses to train, develop, and mentor individuals and families in the 3rd Ward to combat the prevailing spiritual, socioeconomic, and health issues that plague the area. Elder Eric Thomas is a Pastor to all generations, both inside and outside of the walls of Greater Harvest,
He is husband to First Lady Tasha Thomas, and the proud father of four beautiful girls: Erica, Ariana, Kayla, and Madison.
“Eyes have not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of men the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
I Corinthians 2: 9.