Elder Lavan B. Thomas accepted the call to ministry February 2006 under the leadership of Pastor William A. Raybon Sr. at Love Fellowship Baptist Church, Nashville TN.

In November 2014, Elder Thomas joined the Lebanon Church of God and became an associate minister under the leadership of Bishop A.J. Valentine. On April 8, 2017 He was ordained to the office of Elder and on September 9th, 2018 Elder Thomas was installed as pastor of the Lebanon Church of God.

Elder Thomas is a graduate of Emmanuel Theological Seminary, and has “The Degree of Doctor Of Ministry.” He believes in preaching and teaching the word, and just as importantly he believes we must“live” the Word.

Elder Thomas is a native of Helena Arkansas. He served in the United States Army as a member of the 101st Airborne Infantry Division, during the “Gulf War.” He is also a retired U.S. Postal employee.

Elder Thomas and his lovely wife, Jenea Thomas, was joined in Holy Matrimony September 15, 2001. First Lady Thomas is a native of Lebanon Tennessee and is a true woman of God who has a kind and gentle spirit that reaches out to everyone she encounters. Her loving spirit sets her apart, as she is always thoughtful and generous.


Elder Lavan and First Lady Jenea share two beautiful children: a son, Lavan Jr. who currently serves in the Air Force, and a daughter, Ravan who is a Junior at the University of North Carolina. They also have three grandsons.