Pastor Steven Thomas was born in Houston,
Texas. He graduated from New Mexico Tech with a BS in Chemistry. He was working
as a chemist in Baltimore for a few years, and then decided to pursue the dream
of being a pastor. In 1993, Pastor Steve graduated from the Lutheran
Theological Seminary in Gettysburg.
Steve enjoys hiking, kayaking, and reading. Pastor Steve’s passion is always
looking for greater understanding - especially in how our expanding scientific
knowledge reveals additional wonders of God.
of his favorite books are The Bible (of course), Awareness by
Anthony DeMello, One Minute Nonsense by Anthony DeMello, The
Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, E=mc2 by David Bodanis,
and the Tolkein trilogy.
I hope this
message finds you all in good spirits and health. Dave and I often reflect on
our time with you, and we deeply miss the warmth and fellowship of our church
family. We had hoped to visit more frequently on Sunday mornings, but as I've
quickly learned, Sundays are not always as flexible as we'd like them to be in
the life of ministry.
Despite this, I
carry a piece of St. Bartholomew's with me every time I lead worship. Your
influence is woven into the fabric of my ministry. I remember saying, just
before we moved, that wherever we ended up, you would be right there
with us. This has been truer than I could have ever imagined. The love,
support, and spiritual growth I experienced with you were fundamental to my
After our move
to Garrett County, Maryland, we found St. Mark's Lutheran Church. The
congregation and pastor were excited to have a seminary student/intern and I
was grateful to have once again found a place where I felt at home. I was
welcomed and nurtured, but soon faced a significant challenge. The pastor
mentoring me was diagnosed with cancer, and in May 2021, with only a semester
of seminary behind me, I stepped into a role of regular preaching and pastoral
care. Sadly, Pastor Scott Robinson died that December, which was a profound
loss for our community in so many ways.
collaboration of the United Lutheran Seminary, Lower Susquehanna Synod, WV-WMD
Synod and under the guidance and supervision of Pastor Tom Omholt, I have been
able to complete my fieldwork and internship at St. Mark's, an ongoing journey
that has been both challenging and rewarding. This chapter of my life as a
student, however, is nearing its end. I completed my academic course work in
December and am now in the final stretch of my internship, which will conclude
in May when I graduate.
Lutheran has begun the call process, and we are hopeful that this is where God
has called me to serve. While our paths in life can feel unexpected and
challenging, God’s grace and affection for us is unchanging. A verse that I
have held close is, Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you
hope and a future.”
For all of it
and for all of you, I say, “Thanks be to God.”
Dave and I thank
you for your enduring love and support. You are always in our hearts and
Much love and
remember, if you are ever in Western Maryland/Deep Creek Lake, you always have
a place to stay and friends to visit.