Dr. Raphael Thomas (Sitting with the Elders)
Dr. Raphael Thomas has been a minister of the gospel since he was twenty years old. He was pastor/elder of the Annotto Bay Gospel Chapel in St. Mary, Jamaica for 32 years where he founded the Gospel Chapel Education Centre for children ages three to twelve. Raphael holds two doctoral degrees and was an adjunct teacher at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology for over 20 years.
Raphael and his wife Velda were commended to full-time Christian service in 1992 and had served in various capacities with the Christian Brethren Assemblies Jamaica (CBAJ), North-Eastern Missionary Conference, Gospel Chapel Education and their local assembly. As a missionary couple, Raphael and Velda lead Blessing Basket International, a missions organization which they founded in 2017 to enhance the fulfilment of the Great Commission locally and globally through partnerships with local churches and other like-minded organizations.
Now residing in Pennsylvania, Raphael, Velda and their two sons, Timothy and Nathanael, are currently members of GCA where Raphael is a part-time staffer serving as Director of Missions and Evangelism.