Reverend Christopher I. Thoma serves as pastor of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church & School in Hartland, Michigan. He is an avid writer, having written notable volumes such as Kids in the Divine Service, Feeding the Lambs: A Worship Primer for Teachers of Children, The Homiletical Canvas: Poetry in Service to Preaching, and Ten Ways to Kill a Pastor. On a lighter side, in 2015 he completed the first volume of The Angels’ Portion: A Clergyman’s Whisky Narrative garnering national and international attention, having been featured by way of print, radio, and media outlets. Volume II of The Angels’ Portion was released in September of 2016.
Thoma is called upon regularly for contributions to LC-MS publications, having provided material for resources such as Lutheran Service Book Hymnal Companion, Lutheran Service Book Hymn of the Day Bible Study Series, “The Lutheran Witness” magazine, “The Reporter” newspaper, and “Concordia Pulpit Resources” He is a contributor to a number of theological, political, and beverage blogs, and frequently provides editorial content for local newspapers.
Reverend Thoma is deeply involved with issues pertaining to the Church and the Public Square. As often as possible, he participates in pastoral briefings with congressional leaders in Washington D.C., not only to engage and share the concerns of the universal Christian church, but to carry back to his congregation and Synod knowledge and resources. He is regularly involved in the efforts of various legislative think tanks in Lansing. He has served as Invocator for the Michigan State Senate, is asked to give addresses at religious liberty rallies, is an official speaker for Michigan Right to Life while lending equal time to Lutherans for Life. He has been called upon by the LC-MS to be a guest presenter at various religious liberty events, liturgical conferences, pro-life gatherings, and symposia. Additionally, he continues to be an invited guest on local and national radio stations to discuss his various writings as well as politico-theological issues.
Reverend Thoma is married to Jennifer. They have four children—Joshua, Madeline, Harrison, and Evelyn.
Noteworthy Points of Interest
* Reverend Thoma is the creator and director of “The Body of Christ and the Public Square” which is an annual conference that allows for church leaders and laity to interface with influential political figures regarding public policy and religious liberty issues. Dignitaries involved with the conference include Dinesh D’Souza, Dennis Prager, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rafael Cruz, Atty. Hiram Sasser, Professor William Wagner, Atty. David Kallman, Historian David Barton, U.S. Rep. Bob McEwen, State Rep. Lana Theis, State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, State Rep. Lee Chatfield, Rev. Dr. William Weinrich, Rev. Dr. Frank J. Pies, Syndicated Radio Host Bob Dutko, and others.
* Reverend Thoma is the creator and director of the “Youth In Mission” program which involves coordinating and implementing local, national and international mission project opportunities for high school and college level youth. Established and available foreign mission field relationships include Russia, Latvia, and Lithuania.