Pastor Michael Joseph Thomas, 68, of Pinellas Park went home to be with the Lord on Thursday March 28, 2019. For thousands of people, Mike was the instrument that God used to start their spiritual journey, restore their marriages, dedicate their children, teach them the Bible, and show them the love of Jesus.
Mike was born on January 18, 1951 in Logan, West Virginia. He attended college at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee where he met his wife, Gail of 45 years. After university, he and his wife faithfully ministered together in Alma, Georgia at the 10th Street Church of God, the Church of God in Bartow, Florida, and at Praise Cathedral where he was the Senior Pastor for 41 years. Mike retired in 2015 and served as Pastor Emeritus at Elevated Church in Pinellas Park. He loved preaching the gospel and being a father to the fatherless. Mike loved being a pastor and he loved people.
Mike is survived by his wife, Gail; His daughter Jessica (Eric) Shonebarger; His son, Andrew Beck; His sisters, Pam (Paul) Stultz and Cathy (Tommy) Gillum, His Sister in Laws, Pam Beck and Sherry Franklin; and his grandchildren, Abigail and Madelyn Shonebarger.
The family will be accepting visitors at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home on Friday April 5th from 6PM to 7PM located at 2201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North, St Petersburg, Florida.
There will be a celebration at life on Saturday, April 6th starting at 11AM at Elevated Church located at 4371 76th Ave North, Pinellas Park Florida.