Eddy Paul Thomas
Host of the Rhythm of Faith
Fisher of Men and Women
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 have the Imago Dei recognized within them. His commitment to disrupting and dismantling the systemic issues that plague people of color, women, and the underserved of the United States and globally has led to the creation of a variety of impactful community programs and awareness of the harmful institutions that disproportionately impact people of color.
Eddy Paul Thomas attended Purdue University, where he was a member of the 1995-96 Men’s Big Ten Championship team and later won a championship as a coach of women’s college basketball. But overshadowing the success experienced on the hardwood is his heart for serving others. It has always been a vital part of 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 opportunities to increase funding to improve the mental health outcomes for people who experienced homelessness in the midwest, Eddy Paul Thomas gained a wealth of knowledge concerning 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 stories are told illustrated how centuries of media influence had the ability 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 was further displayed 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 systemic racism and generational oppression.
In 2015, Eddy Paul made an equally impactful transition from secular non-profit efforts to full-time global ministry work in an effort to have less restrictive forces impede progress on endemic issues that have marred the minority experience for generations. This transition further granted Eddy Paul Thomas new global perspectives with 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 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 pale in comparison to his “why.” His love for all of 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