Eddy Paul Thomas
Host of the Rhythm of Faith
Fisher of Men and Women
About Eddy Paul Thomas
Eddy Paul Thomas has been working at the intersections of mercy ministries, racial reconciliation, human rights, and education for just over two decades. His passion is fueled by his faith and desire to see all of humanity treated with dignity and to have the Imago Dei recognized within them. His commitment to disrupting and dismantling the systemic issues that plague people of color, women, as well as the underserved of this country, has led to the creation of a variety of impactful community programs and awareness of the harmful institutions which disproportionately impact people of color.
A survivor of the harsh realities of Midwest life for minorities, Eddy Paul attended Purdue University where he was a member of the 1995-96 Men’s Big Ten Championship team and later won a women’s college basketball championship, as a coach. But regardless of the success experienced on the hardwood his heart for serving others was always at his core as he began his career of service immediately after graduating from college. From working as a social worker for programs that specialized in helping children with special needs to developing programs for underserved families and later developing programs to increase funding and improve the mental health outcomes for people who experienced homelessness in Louisville, Kentucky, Eddy Paul Thomas has gained a wealth of knowledge with regard to the systems, protocols, policies, and social contracts that have disproportionately impact people of color.
A much wider perspective was attained later in his career when he was able to couple his undergrad degree in history and sociology with a master’s degree, which allowed him to dive into the psychology of marketing and communications in the US. Learning about the psychology of color, negative imagery, stereotypes, and the lasting impact of the way a story is told illustrated how centuries of media influence had the ability to skew a person's knowledge of a variety of topics regarding this nation’s Black and Brown citizens. The cogent nature of institutional racism and sexism were further proven while working as a professor of cross-cultural communications and engaging in Ph.D. coursework, which led to his transition from simply working behind the scenes to stepping forward into public advocacy and education on the impact of generational oppression and racism.
In 2015, Eddy Paul made an equally impactful transition from for-profit and secular efforts to full-time ministry work, in an effort to have less restrictive forces impede progress on endemic issues that have marred the minority experience for generations. It further granted Eddy Paul a new global lens and perspective from which to see his country of origin.
Eddy Paul Thomas is the author of the Thompson Woods Trail children’s book series, the host of The Rhythm of Faith podcast, the head writer for the Conversations from the Middle of the Room: Open Conversations about Race and the Church, has been a guest speaker on racial healing and restorative justice, and is a member of the executive team at The National African American Missions Council, also known as NAAMC.
His credentials tell a story of a successful career, but all pale in comparison to his “why.” His love for all humanity, his faith, and the teachings of Jesus Christ call him to open his "mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9