Associate Secretary | John H. Thomas
John was born in Africa to second-generation missionaries, and has lived in four Central and Southern African countries. He finished high school at Helderberg College and then moved with his family to the United States to attend college. He graduated from Atlantic Union College with a major in Religious Education, and from Georgia State University with a masters in Educational Leadership.
Thomas served for 10 years as a boarding academy Bible and History teacher, guidance counselor, and vice-principal before becoming a principal at four boarding academies. Before being elected as an associate secretary, he spent two years as the associate director of Union College’s International Rescue and Relief degree program, which involved training students for humanitarian service in international locations and providing aid to disaster areas.
Over the past 30 years Thomas has planned and been involved in about 35 short-term mission trips to various parts of the world. He has also been very involved in counseling prospective and returned volunteers.
Thomas and his wife, Nancy, have two adult children, John and Mike. His hobbies include sailing, woodworking, SCUBA diving, traveling, and camping.