Of Pastor Michelle Thomas’ many accomplishments, it is the inspiration for a new church community that has perhaps created the most meaningful impact. Now, ten years after launching the church that Become Holy and Whole Life Changing Ministries, Thomas, members of her congregation, area politicians and local leaders recognized a decade of helping the community.
During the event, Thomas thanked her family, friends and area faith leaders for their help.
“No one does what God calls them to do by themselves,” Thomas said. “It takes great men and women and believers and people of faith and people of good will from across the spectrum to make something like this possible.”
As part of the commemoration, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall, Virginia House of Delegates representative Randy Minchew, Leesburg Mayor Dave Butler and Friends of Thomas Balch Library Black History Committee President Donna Bohanon all read proclamations commemorating Holy and Whole.
The church started in 2006 in a living room, before going on to hold services at Seldens Landing Elementary School and eventually to it’s current location in Lansdowne.
The first female African-American founder of a church in Loudoun County, Thomas is also a member of the county’s Heritage Commission. She is also leading discovery and preservation efforts of the Belmont Slave Cemetery.
“It’s been a great 10 years. It’s going to be an even greater 10 years,” Thomas said.