Rev. Mahogany S. Thomas, Executive Minister
Rev. Mahogany S. Thomas is a native of Columbia, Missouri and an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. 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. Copenhaven Preaching Prize from Andover Newton Seminary.
Rev. Thomas’ ministry experiences have taken her across the world—she wrote her first sermon at age seven on an airplane and continues to enjoy preaching the Gospel wherever it takes her. One of her favorite preaching experiences was in the Garden of Gethsemane while visiting Jerusalem in 2015. Some of her recent speaking engagements include Harvard Black Student Ministries at Harvard University, Trinity UCC Youth Revival Sunday, and the keynote speaker at the 2019 Multicultural Achievement Committee (MAC) Conference for Columbia Public Schools, a conference she co-founded while in high school.
In both her teaching and radical proclamation, Rev. Thomas is passionate about serving God and God’s church. She brings gifts of administration, wisdom, and passion to her work. Ministry for Rev. Thomas is defined far beyond the pulpit as she believes in radiating the love of Jesus through both her joy and witness.