We Salute Our Graduates, sponsored by: The Board of Christian Education, Dr. Jane Gates, Director, St. Paul CME Church, The Rev. Henry R. Delaney, Senior Pastor, The Rev. Da’Henri R. Thurmond, Pastor was held on Sunday, June 28, 2009.
Among those recognized was The Rev. Saundra Stiles Thomas-the wife of the The Rev. David Thomas and daughter of the late Samuel L. Stiles and Mrs. Mary Edythe Stiles.
She graduated from the University of the South School of Theology (Education For Ministry Program) in Sewanee, Tennessee on May 31, 2009.
EFM is a four year course of study using a seminary like curriculum under the sponsorship of the School of Theology at Sewanee-an Episcopal Church Seminary. In addition to this ministerial certificate, Rev. Thomas is a graduate of : · Johnson High School – Savannah, GA, Honor Graduate , Fisk University, – Nashville, TN, B.S. in Physical Education · Long Island University – Brooklyn, NY, M.S. in Health Administration, Summa Cum Laude
Rev. Thomas was the first black female nursing home administrator in this country at Concord Nursing Home in Brooklyn, NY, founded by the well known clergyman, the Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor.
She is a licensed preacher and ordained elder and has served on the ministerial staff of the St. Paul CME church for 12 years.
For the last 18 years, Rev. Thomas has been employed as a master cosmetologist at J.C. Penny Co. in Savannah, GA and a licensed cosmetology instructor.
Congratulations. “To God be the glory for the things he has done.”