Being an example to others not only in word, but also in deed is a principle that Pastor Walter Scott Thomas, Jr. aspires to live by. In November of 2014 Pastor Thomas was called to Pastor the First Baptist Church of Steelton in Harrisburg, PA. Since taking over as Pastor the church has grown by leaps and bounds and new ministries have been added including a public safety ministry, children’s dance team, Youth and Young Adult Choir, and Thursday night Bible Study.

Pastor Thomas attended Morehouse College and graduated Cum Laude with a major in Religious Studies and a minor in Psychology. He also graduated as the top-ranking senior in his Major Department. In 2001 Pastor Thomas acknowledged the call on his life to preach the gospel and preached his initial sermon on July 20th of that year and in 2007 Pastor Thomas was ordained into ministry. After Morehouse, Pastor Thomas continued his education and earned his Masters of Divinity Degree from the Howard University School of Divinity. At Howard he served as a graduate assistant at the Historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel.


Pastor Thomas has worked to facilitate change wherever he has been. From working on reform in schools, to traveling to Hiroshima, Japan to take part in a peace summit, Pastor Thomas has always had a mind to work on behalf of others. In 2013 he partnered with area churches and Youth Ministers to start a Youth Retreat that minsters to hundreds of youth each year. In 2016 he was elected to serve as the Vice-President of the African American Ministerial Alliance of Steelton and Vicinity.

Pastor Thomas is married to Mrs. Jarrette L. Thomas, and they have two lovely children, Lillian Grace and Walter, III. Pastor Walter Thomas is committed to serving God with a spirit of excellence.