A native of Florence, Alabama, Leviticus D. Thomas is walking into his season as one of God's dynamic psalmists. Humbly boasting a powerful vocal range coupled with a spirit of praise and worship, he gracefully accepts the awesome task of helping listeners experience the joy of the Lord every time God appoints him to serve across the country. With his resonating rich vocal quality mixed with a deep conviction of the gospel message displayed within his delivery of melodies and phrases of lyrics weaving in and out of traditional & contemporary church musical styles, Leviticus brings a fresh stylistic approach to gospel music. He genuinely compels his audiences not to be mere spectators, but rather to participate in every moment of the worship experience. His music ministry demonstrates his sincere reverence to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the foundation of the sacred genre he ministers. Without question his steps are definitely ordered by God as he first began playing the piano by ear at the ripe age of three years old. Now 3 decades later he continues to provide his musical services wherever the opportunity presents itself, for example, playing the piano for the Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship Area Wide Choir during the annual MLK service recently held at Progressive Union Missionary Baptist church. Leviticus boldly acknowledges his church background for contributing to his present musicianship, especially the musical experiences and training received while serving in his home church (Petersville Missionary Baptist Church), with the Alabama A&M University Gospel Choir, and other local churches in the Huntsville, AL and Washington, DC areas. As an educator Mr. Thomas has worked in various capacities, including teaching music, directing choirs and providing piano/voice lessons with students at Friendship Edison Collegiate Academy High School, Capitol Hill Day School, and Georgetown University (all located in Washington, DC), just to name a few. He worked in the public system and completed three years of teaching Science and coaching volleyball/basketball to students in the Lauderdale County School System (Brooks High School-Killen, AL and Waterloo High School-Waterloo, AL). While coaching volleyball and basketball at WHS (2008-2010), Mr. Thomas was pursuing his Master's degree in Secondary Education at the University of North Alabama (UNA) in Florence, but has returned to Alabama A&M University to obtain his M. Ed in Secondary Education with a concentration in vocal/choral music.
An anointed singer-songwriter, Leviticus Thomas is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. One of his compositions, John 3:16, was a featured selection that was ministered by the Washington Performing Arts Society Children of the Gospel at the Kennedy Center in DC. In addition to these blessings, he offered his vocal talent on the background vocals for a song composed by gospel music legend Richard Smallwood on Karen Clark Sheard's album, "2nd Chance." He has shared in music ministry with gospel artists and celebrities, such as Carlton Burgess, Kim Burrell, LaCresia Campbell, Daryl Coley, Ossie Davis, Roberta Flack, Janelle Herrera, Tom Joyner, Betty Griffin Keller, Donald Lawrence, Aaron Neville, Jessye Norman, Russell Simmons, Richard Smallwood and Vision, Ted & Sheri, and Dewayne Woods, etc. Leviticus has also rendered his musical services during Pentecost 2006 and 2007, a political/religious conference held in DC that has featured dignitaries such as Rev. Freddie Haynes, Rev. Jim Wallis, Senators Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and the democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, etc. He also arranged and sang with a 3-piece band a jazzy rendition of "Oh When the Saints Go Marching In" prior to former President Bush's speech honoring Colin and Alma Powell with the John Thompson Legacy Award during the Let Freedom Ring Celebration at the Kennedy Center. After serving almost 5 years as Director of the Georgetown University Gospel Choir, Thomas moved back home to Florence, Alabama where he has served as Minister of Music at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, whose pastor is Rev. James E. Coleman, and where he has shared in music ministry with Joyful Noise, a local gospel music ministry he founded in March 2007. He also assisted in playing and teaching his original pieces to members of the Gospel Music Workshop of America Choir, North Alabama Chapter (Decatur, AL). In 2008, Thomas ministered in song during a Bobby Jones talent search/gospel artist showcase held in St. Louis, Missouri. He also rendered background vocals along with Rayshun Walker and The Ensemble in Birmingham, Alabama, for A'Donna B. Williams, whose freshman CD project received nominations for the Gospel Stellar Award in 2009. Since relocating to Huntsville in September 2010, Thomas has been sharing his musical gifts with First Missionary Baptist Church, where the Reverend Dr. Julius R. Scruggs, President of the National Baptist Convention, is the pastor. In response to GOD requiring more, he now serves as Worship Pastor at Madison Worship Center in Madison, AL, where Rita Wiggins is the pastor. Leviticus Thomas is married to his lovely wife, Hope Pettway-Thomas. They are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Genesis Evette (5) and Bethany Joy (3).
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