(Now In Glory)
Ordained To The Gospel Ministry
April 4, 1984
Philadelphia Baptist Church
1984 - 1997
Elder Wm. Doyal
Philadelphia Baptist Church
1997 - 2008
To the praise,
honor and glory of God, The Eternal Sovereign we live, move and have our
being. Our lives and service belong exclusively and totally to Him, and
we are under His command, and at His consummately wise use and disposal.
Elder Wm. Doyal Thomas serveed as the God assigned pastor of His little flock, the Philadelphia Baptist Church of Decatur, Alabama from 1997 - 2008.
Elder Thomas was saved, according to the eternal determination by the ONLY Sovereign, and called by the Holy Spirit , using the preached gospel into sonship in 1950 at the age of 17. He was soon called into His service in April, 1951 at the age of 18. These wondrous and momentous events were manifested to the Lord's church, Old Union Baptist Church near Haleyville, Alabama in the community where he grew into young adulthood, and where he and his dear wife maintained church membership for a few years.
Since that time, the Lord has blessed with an helpmeet of unusual quality and gentleness of spirit that is seldom seen among the population of this, or any other land. His dear and loving wife, Sister Corene, has been constantly by his side, and an ever present help through all the circumstances that have come before the family, consisting of three children, their spouses, and eight grandchildren, as well as the Lord's people and churches across the land who know, or have known them, and can attest this truth.
Through these many years, Elder Thomas has been blessed greatly to have been enabled to study extensively, earning several degrees in the academic and theological disciplines, and then be provided opportunity to teach and exercise those gifts that God has granted. It is to the glory of God that any and all divine enablements have been given, and all praise for everything belongs to God alone.
Elder Thomas has been used of the Lord in many ways through these intervening years. He has been directed to the pastorate of some of the Lord's churches in the states of Alabama, West Virginia, Texas, and now in the state of Alabama again. These years have been, and continue to be years of great joy as the Lord has been ever gracious, and has provided abundantly the needs that have come before the family and the Lord's churches.
Bible Conferences and protracted meetings have been a great part of the ministry, across the nation from coast to coast and from border to border. Hundreds, perhaps even thousands of dear saints of God have been a blessing, and continue to be the cause of great joy in the vineyard of the Lord's planting. Perhaps some of these many dear saints and churches have benefited by these encounters. Many have shared in the times of sweet fellowship, and growth and spiritual maturity may have been the fruits of such joyous labor. While we await His soon coming for His saints, may we all each and every one of God's children be found to be faithful to Him, and praise and serve Him until He comes.
Sister Corene & Brother Doyal
Elder Wm. Doyal Thomas
2010 Morningside Drive
Hartselle , AL 35640
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