|Pastor Maria Gardner - Thomas|
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It was while she was studying law at Laney College that the Lord called Pastor Thomas into full-time ministry. She began traveling the length and breadth of this country, compelling men and women to come to Jesus Christ.
She has ministered not only in the United States, but also in several foreign countries such as: Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, England, Germany and the British Honduras.
Several times throughout the year she can be found in the orphanages of Haiti, administering love through "hands on" contact. Her volume of compassion exudes from a heart that is filled with love and a commitment to give of her time and substance.
Pastor Thomas has recorded five albums entitled:
I'd Rather Fight than Switch, Come Out of the Hog Pen, I'm Hooked, Mr. Chairman: I Nominate the Man Jesus, and I've Gone Through the Wilderness, Now I'm Going to Take My Possessions. Her latest video is titled, He Won't Leave You Until He's Done What He Said.
This courageous leader found the time to pursue an earned degree in Education Administration with an endorsement in Counseling. She also holds an administrative certification with National Private schools, and has been certified to open the state approved Maria Gardner Christian Academy.
Providing leadership through Christian education, she knew her battle would be against skilled and experienced warriors. With years of hard work, experience, and seeking God's face, leaves her still seeking a higher level of academic education.
Her eldest son, Elder Dyran Gardner, (deceased January 1997); her son, Elder Anthony Gardner is a pastor, along with his wife, Mrs. Monica Gardner as Co-Pastor in New Jersey; her daughter, Mrs. Terrie Gardner-Rimson serves as Co-Pastor to her husband, Pastor Derek Rimson in Michigan.
Through perseverance, tenacity and faith in God, Pastor Gardner stands strong as an anointed vessel of God. Her life is uncompromising in her determination to live holy.
Deacon Burnette and Pastor Maria Gardner - Thomas
The Elect - Lady of The C.O.G.I.C. Evangelism Department