Bishop Harris Thomas

Jurisdiction 4, Presiding Bishop


Bishop Harris Thomas was born on March 10, 1955 in Philadelphia to Mary M. Thomas and Eugene Thomas, Sr. He was the third of three children (Eugene Thomas, Jr. and LaWanda D. Champion).
Bishop Thomas was ordained as a Minister by Bishop Stella Mack, Pastor of Holy Cross Prayer Band Spiritual Church (Capitol Heights, MD) on November 6, 1977. After his ordination, Bishop Thomas enrolled in University of the District of Columbia certificate program to study the Old and New Testaments and religious counseling in 1977. On November 7, 1979, Bishop Mack elevated Bishop Thomas to the Board of Elder.

In 1997, Bishop Thomas joined the movement through Inner Light Unity Fellowship Church Pastored by Bishop Kwabena “Rainey” Cheeks, D.D. In October 1999 under the recommendation of Bishop Cheeks, Arch Bishop Carl Bean Ordained Bishop Thomas as a reverend of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement. A year later in 2000, Arch Bishop and Bishop Cheeks commissioned Bishop Thomas to open a church in Baltimore, MD., which took place on the second Sunday of November.

In 2005, Bishop was elevated to the Board of Elder’s and servers as a District Elect of Jurisdiction 3, Mid- Atlantic Region under the leadership of Bishop Jacquelyn Holland. In 2010, Bishop took several certificate courses in the Old and New Testament at Howard University, School of Divinity.

Bishop Thomas was consecrated by Archbishop Carl Bean as the Presiding Bishop of Jurisdiction 4 of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement. Bishop Thomas presently oversees the National Events Planning Department.

Bishop Thomas served on four panels with openly gay ministers to discuss Homosexuality and the Bible, held at Maryland University, The GLCCB, and Baltimore’s Charles Theater. He also spoke at Morgan State University and several high schools for their Gay and Lesbian Student Alliance and at Howard University for the Fifth International Conference on Stigma, George Mason University for Virginia’s Pride weekend. As a Co-Chair of the Baltimore City Public Schools’ “Cultural Competence Collaboration Group”, he worked to ensure that, children in every school were valued and respected, regardless of their sexual orientation. He facilitated a workshop on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS hosted by Churches United Against AIDS and was a presenter at a Samaritan Ministries Sponsored retreat for people with HIV or AIDS. He was one of four panelists at Hearts and Ears conferences on Mental Health discussing “Mental Health and Spirituality”.

Bishop Thomas lives with his life partner Willie Hinton in Washington, DC and has a very close relationship with his daughter A’ngela Lavern Thomas-Turner and her mother Reverend Brenda L. Washington.

Through Unity Fellowship of Christ Church Los Angeles, I know a loving God who cares for me beyond anything I could ever imagine. I found a church home where I feel accepted.

I grew up in the UFC Los Angeles.  It literally saved my life. It also created a platform for the very scholarly criticality I employ as a scholar/clergyman.

John HigginsParishioner

I found this community at a time in my life when I was really hurting. I walked in the doors, and felt like I had just come home! I was welcomed with warmth, and encouragement, and friendship.

Anna BlackTeacher