Samuel T. Thomas was born on December 16, 1979 to Rev. Thankachan C. Thomas and Valsamma Thomas in Kerala, India. Until the age of three, Sam stayed with his maternal grandparents in Kerala, and in 1982, he joined his family in Manhattan, NY.
When he turned nine, Sam accepted Christ as his personal Savior and took water baptism when he was 14 years old. During his youth, he was a faithful member of Bronx Church of God where he led worship, served as a youth leader, and was actively involved in many ministries. As a Youth Coordinator for the Pentecostal Youth Fellowship of America (PYFA), Sam organized the inaugural mission trip to Guyana for a team of 33 people. He was also one of the founding members of Chosen Generation Ministries through which he helped coordinate worship nights that reached over 6,000 high school and college students in various cities throughout the US.
In 1997, Sam graduated from Lehman High School where his passion for competitive sports grew. As captain of his high school handball team, he led them to multiple city championships each year till graduation. He was also an avid NY Yankees and NY Giants fan and made it a point to share his enthusiasm with everyone around him. He graduated from SUNY Albany with his undergraduate degree in Economics and got his MBA in finance and marketing from Mercy College.
On March 31, 2007, he married his best friend, Julie Kurian. Three years later, they became the parents of Jayden, and in 2012, they had their second son, Jonathan. As a family, they were faithful members of Westchester Christian Worship Center (WCWC). Never one to sit on the sidelines, Sam was instrumental in creating the church’s first audiovisual team which enabled the church to use technology to reach their community. After years of faithful service and commitment, he was tasked by the senior pastor to launch small groups for the first time in the church’s history. In addition, he was a key musician of the worship team where he played piano and guitar. In 2014, the family made the decision to relocate to Lakeland, Florida.
While in Lakeland, he continued to take opportunities to invest his time, energy and resources to build up ministries like Celebrate Recovery and United City. Over the years in both New York and Florida, Sam initiated several prayer gatherings and encouraged others in building up the community of Christ.
Sam’s generous heart and smile were the hallmark of his life. Everyone he met would instantly fall in love with his charm and personality. He genuinely loved people and sought any way to help them. His dream was to one day have his own business so that he could help churches and ministries reach their cities for Jesus.
Sam is survived by his wife, Julie, his sons, Jayden (7) and Jonathan (5), his parents, Rev. Thankachan & Valsamma Thomas, his siblings, Sharon (Shelby) & Stanley (Annette), as well as his nephews, nieces, parents-in-law, brothers and sisters-in law.
Please have any floral arrangements delivered to the Funeral Home no later than 4p.m. on Friday 2/9/2018, in order for them to be present at the viewing/prayer service held that evening at the Church. Late arrivals must be delivered to the Church.