God has blessed Joppa Baptist Church through the years with godly men in the position of Under Shepherd of this flock and has blessed abundantly the last twelve years with our pastor, Robin Thomas. If you want to hear how God works in amazing ways to bring people to His saving grace, ask Bro. Robin about a certain Super Bowl game. He has worn several hats in life and God uses these areas to provide sermon illustrations and practical life help to his congregation. He has a master's degree and is continually learning more from The Master.
Ask Bro. Robin which Scripture passage defines his ministry and he will tell you I Corinthians 2:1, 2. "And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."
His beautiful (inside and out!) wife, Sonia is the heart of this church body. You will find her filling many roles at church but always available with a listening ear and loving heart. Anyone who has ever homeschooled will know that she has abundant patience after teaching four children and maintaining her sanity.
Three of the Thomas family's grown children are girls as gorgeous as their mother. The eldest, Rachel, is married and living out of state but the two younger, Bethany and Katie, are a vital part of Joppa life, working with children and youth departments.
The eldest and only son also happens to be our youth pastor. Josh Thomas is the perfect combination of "things that make an excellent youth pastor." Still a kid at heart (and not that far removed from it in age), Josh attracts young people with his love of life but it is his love for God and them that keep them coming to church. He recently finished his Master's degree and is now pursuing the next step in his education.
His childhood sweetheart, the lovely and talented Blair, is an integral part of Joppa's children's ministry. As director of the nursery and our latest Vacation Bible School director, she is such a blessing to our church. You can also see some of her wonderful photography work on our website as well.
This Thomas family is blessed with two little beauties, Anna Snow and Abigail Raine.