Married to Cheryl Shores, 1982
Children: Paul (1985), David (1987), Libby (1989), Michael (1998)
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1985
B.A. in Communications, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 1982
Harrah High School, Harrah, Oklahoma, 1977
March 2015 — present Senior Pastor, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Morganton, NC
June 2014 — February 2015
Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Moss Bluff, Lake Charles, Louisiana
1500-member multi-staff church in an unincorporated bedroom community just north of Lake Charles. Led multiple evangelistic, discipleship and mission efforts. Led church to adopt a master plan, and to build Phase I: a 20,000 sq. ft. Children’s Ministry Center. Led church to begin a new church plant in Grand Lake, a nearby community with no Southern Baptist church.
Pastor, Living Oaks Baptist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Urban church in southeast Tulsa; new church start with 30 members in 1994. Transitioned to permanent facilities and grew to 200 in Sunday School and 240 in worship, Fall 2000.
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Beggs, Oklahoma
Small town setting. Emphasized Sunday School, discipleship and missions offerings. Led church to acquire property and build new fellowship hall and education classroom building.
Pastor, Dickson Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Urban church in transitioning neighborhood. Helped reverse attendance decline through reinvigorated Sunday School ministry, discipleship, and deacon ministry.
Testimony and Ministry
I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home, and came to follow Christ in a Vacation Bible School at age 7. Our family settled in Harrah, Oklahoma in 1968, where we attended the First Baptist Church. I was baptized there at age 8, was discipled, called to ministry, and served as a ministry intern before leaving for seminary in 1982.
I seek to lead a New Testament church whose standard of success is faithfulness to God’s word. I am an expository preacher, and teach the importance of discipleship in the Christian life which begins with a genuine, personal, daily walk with Christ, and results in a balanced ministry which resembles His: “worshipping God, and serving Him by reaching, teaching & caring for people.” (Matthew 4:10, 23)
Denominational Service includes:
Board of Directors, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, 1997-2000
Executive Board, Louisiana Baptist Convention, 2002-2006
Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Louisiana (Baptist) College 2007-2012.
Dear Pastoral Search Committee
I am Ronnie W. Rogers, and I have been the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Norman Oklahoma for fifteen years.
I would like to unreservedly recommend Shawn Thomas for your consideration as pastor of your church. Shawn and his lovely wife Cheryl are members of our church and have been here since March, 2013.
I commend Shawn as an experienced pastor who is unabashed in his love for God and His word, and who would most assuredly provide priceless shepherding wisdom and grace filled leadership. He impresses me as one whose pursuit of God precedes every other notable pursuit. I would even go so far to say, that pastors with both his professional acumen and personal piety are rare indeed.
I have had the uncommon privilege of watching this shepherd in a way most committees only wish they could. That is to say, I have watched both he and Cheryl as church members with no official titles. What I have seen is a love for the local body of Christ that is undiminished by their lack of “positions of recognition”. Even before they had completed our membership process, they sought out opportunities of service and involvement in our church. Of course, this is what pastors rightly encourage every member to do, as I known that Shawn has done in his pastorates as well, but both he and Cheryl have exemplarily modeled this as members.
Their gracious and friendly spirits along with their unostentatious dedication to following Christ quickly endeared them to both the leadership and membership of our church. Now, though we must, it is difficult to imagine life at Trinity without the blessing of Shawn and Cheryl. I truly believe our experience is precisely what your church family would experience with Shawn as your pastor.
I would genuinely be privileged to talk with you about Shawn and Cheryl. May our Lord Jesus make His will known to you.
Ronnie W Rogers
Trinity Baptist Church, Norman, OK (405) 321-2000