About Our Pastor
Curt D. Thomas, A native of Pasadena, California, began his ministerial journey at the age of nine. In several states, he has served in an array of formal and informal ministerial roles with an emphasis on youth and young adult ministry. Pastor Curt had the privileged to work with TD Jakes Ministries as well as Phil Wilson and the Black AIDS Institute. He has also delivered words at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference at a town hall meeting with Hill Harper along with a host of other great leaders.Pastor Curt was privileged to facilitate a plenary session at the 2015 "Out on the Hill" in Washington D.C., titled 'Faith and the LGBTQ Community in the Black Church.'
Curt Thomas serves as the Senior Pastor of The Renewed Church of Los Angeles. Under Thomas'leadership, The Renewed Church has grown from a weekly Bible study meeting to a vibrant, growing, progressive congregation. The Renewed Church of Los Angeles is an affiliate of the United Progressive Pentecostal Church (UPPC), under the leadership of Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III, the presiding prelate and his mentor.
In addition to pastoring, Thomas works with In The Meantime Men's Group, where he facilitates workshops and monthly groups geared at developing a holistic person in the LGBTQ community, especially to BLACK MEN. He also serves on the Community Advisory Board for CDC Youth Program housed at APLA Health & Wellness as well as a member of The Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) through the Black Aids Institute.
Thomas' diligence and passion for serving humanity has not gone unnoticed, as he is the recipient of notable awards for his accomplishments, which include the Bayard Rustin Award (December 2014) and the Congressional Award from Michael D. Antonovich.
Thomas is a graduate of Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he received a Bachelor of Science in Education. He furthered his study in ministry by completing a certificate program with Interdenominational Theology Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. He incorporates the knowledge and skills garnered from his studies in his approach to educating, counseling, andempowering his church members and community members at large. Pastor Thomas' greatest passion in life is to reach this generation with a cause.
As a teacher and preacher, Pastor Thomas wants to use the calamities, social disparities, and struggles of his past to catapult people into their destiny. Curt's desires to encourage people to "never give up" on making their dreams a reality while living their authentic truth! He also desires to build a place where EVERYONE can come and experience the authentic love Jesus displayed in John 3:16.