Rev. Frank Thomas Elected to Boards of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

February 13, 2024

Rev. Frank Thomas, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, in High Point, has been elected to the boards of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (also known as Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center).

Thomas will serve on both boards through the end of 2026.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Thomas joined the U.S. Army in 1982, and served as a combat engineer for 25 years. During his time in the military, he earned numerous awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the Corps of Engineers Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal.

“I am humbled to have been asked to serve on the board and I am excited to get started,” Thomas said. “I have lived in the Triad since arriving in 2004 to teach at Wake Forest University’s ROTC. It is an honor to be part of such an esteemed group of community leaders.”

Thomas was ordained as a minister in 1985 and throughout his military career, he served military congregations across the United States and around the world.

Prior to his retirement from the Army, he served as interim pastor of Mt. Zion, and, in 2009, he became the sixth pastor of the church. Under his leadership, Mt. Zion has experienced tremendous growth and has forged community partnerships, including one with High Point University to operate an after-school program for elementary and middle school students to help them develop coping skills through creative writing, with mentorship from High Point University students. 

Thomas is committed to his community and currently serves on the boards for Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce, Business High Point Foundation, High Point University Board of Ambassadors, Foundation for a Healthy High Point, High Point Medical Center and Guilford Education Alliance.

In addition, Thomas is a life member of the NAACP, serves on the boards for the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc. and is the executive secretary for the Rowan Missionary Baptist Association - the oldest Black Baptist association in N.C.

Thomas received a Master of Ministerial Arts degree from the A.L. Hardy Academy of Theology, in Seattle, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian University, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Thomas and wife, Mary, have three daughters and three granddaughters.

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