Every may, hundreds of students don caps and gowns, march into the Swails Center, and prepare to graduate. As they walk across the stage, they not only recieve their diploma, an outward sign of the education they've just obtained. They also take a huge step in their callings of becoming Christ-like disciples who integrate faith, learning, and living.
This year at our commencement ceremony, we will be honored to have Mrs. Linda Thomas stand before our graduating seniors and encourage them as they make this leap. In March, Mrs. Thomas was re-elected to serve a second term as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at Emmanuel. She joined the Board in 2001 and became the first woman to serve as chair when she was elected to her first four-term in 2008. “Linda Thomas has led our Board through a time of great change and growth. Her commitment to excellence and her professionalism has allowed the Board to come together in great unity and purpose,” says Dr. Michael Stewart, President of Emmanuel. “I look forward to our partnership in the years to come.”
Mrs. Thomas is an active member of Holly Hill Pentecostal Holiness Church in Vanceboro, N.C., and has faithfully served in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church Women’s Ministries on the local, conference, and general levels. Most recently, she was Assistant Director of the General Women’s Ministries (2001-09). Other IPHC assignments include her service in the Polity Committee for the 2009 General Convention and the By-Laws Committee for the upcoming 2013 General Convention.
Mrs. Thomas and her husband, former State Senator Joseph Eugene Thomas, own and operate Thomas Development, Inc., in Vanceboro. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.