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Eddy Paul Thomas
Eddy Paul Thomas Mercy Ministries

Eddy Paul Thomas has been working at the intersections of mercy ministry, 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. His commitment to disrupting and dismantling systemic issues that plague the marginalized and the underserved both domestically and globally has led to the creation of impactful community programs and critical awareness.

Eddy Paul Thomas attended Purdue University, where he played point guard for the 1995-96 Men's Big Ten Championship Team and later he helped coach the Franklin College Women’s Basketball Team to a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship and a birth in the NCAA Tournament. He continued his desire to coach and mentor the next generation as a missionary and founder of Elevation Performance Training, a ministry designed to guide and influence student-athletes, fostering growth not just in their athletic abilities, but also in their faith, education, and civic leadership. 


From working as a program developer and case manager for organizations that specialized in assisting children with special needs, underserved communities, and later cultivating opportunities to increase funding which improved mental health outcomes for people experiencing homelessness, he gained a wealth of knowledge concerning the systems, protocols, policies, and social contracts that have disproportionately impact marginalized communities.

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Eddy Paul Thomas gained a broader perspective in his career when he was able to couple his undergrad degree in history and sociology with a master's degree in Organizational Management (specializing in marketing). Gaining insights on the psychology of color, negative imagery, stereotypes, and the lasting impact of the way stories are told further informed his understanding of how centuries of media influence worked to skew the public's knowledge of many topics regarding this nation's Black and Brown citizens. The cogent nature of institutional racism and sexism

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were further illustrated while working as a professor of cross-cultural communications and engaging in Ph.D. coursework with a focus on community health. This knowledge proved to be the catalyst for a transition from simply working behind the scenes to stepping forward into public advocacy and education on the impact of institutional racism and generational oppression. Since that time, Eddy Paul Thomas has worked with secular, non-profit, and ministry efforts both domestically and globally to reduce the forces that impede progress in these areas.

He is the Host of The Unbroken Place Podcast, author of A Broken Seat at the Table: Conversations About Race, Resilience, and Building Bridges, When The Light Turns On, and the Thompson Woods Trail Children's Book Series, whose books “Why Can’t I Just Have It” and "What Does It Mean to Be a Man?" debuted #1 on Amazon’s best sellers list. He is also the head writer for OK...On Second Thought, a thought-provoking newsletter and blog that explores how empathy enhances teamwork, mental health, and interpersonal communications.


Eddy Paul Thomas has been incredibly fortunate to share his insights and stories across a variety of platforms, from podcast airwaves and engaging in dynamic panel discussions to contributing as a guest writer for numerous organizations. Here's a curated selection of these appearances for your enjoyment and inspiration. Click an image below, dive in and explore!

Dig New Streams Podcast

Dig New Streams Podcast Hosted by Dave Capozzi

Hey Emma Article

Hey Emma Article - An interview with Eddy Paul Thomas, Author of A “Broken Seat at the Table: Conversations About Race, Resilience, and Building Bridges”

Creating A Safe Space in Missions

"Creating A Safe Space in Missions" - Written for The National African American Missions Council

Mindfulness: A Powerful Tool for Overcoming Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

"Mindfulness: A Powerful Tool for Overcoming Burnout and Compassion Fatigue" - Written for Awaken Pittsburgh

Rediscovering Our History: The Story of Black Wall Street

Rediscovering Our History: The Story of Black Wall Street - Panel Hosted by NAAMC

Beacons of Hope and Unity: Constructing the Path to Healing in a Post-Affirmative Action Era

"Beacons of Hope and Unity: Constructing the Path to Healing in a Post-Affirmative Action Era" - Written for NAAMC

Guest Appearances
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