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Meet the 1st family


Pastor Thomas and Lady T have been married for 34 years. They have been blessed with two wonderful children and four beautiful grandchildren.

Pastor Edward A. Thomas is the founder of Antioch Church of Lansing. He was born and raised in Detroit, MI until relocating to Lansing, MI. Pastor Thomas has been married to First Lady Crystal Thomas for 34 years. He is a gifted preacher and teacher of the word and has been preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ since 1994. He has a passion for motivating people to live in their full purpose and potential and is known as the great motivator. An advocate for education, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University. He is a College Professor and was nominated for Who’s Who among America’s Teachers by his student body. He believes that if you just keep the faith, God will finish what He started.

Edward A. Thomas
Crystal Thomas

Crystal Thomas, affectionately known as "Lady T" is the First Lady of Antioch Church. She was born and raised in Detroit, MI until relocating with Pastor Thomas to Lansing, MI.


She was very instrumental in instilling the importance of education in her children. She enjoys serving in ministry with her husband and serves as the advisor to the Women of Worship Ministry. 

One of her greatest joys is spending time with her children Mera (Nesto) and Mitch (Dest); and grandchildren EJ, Audrey, Statten and Emeri and Dai. 


Lady T earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northwood University and a Change Management Certificate from the University of Wisconsin.  She is a certified instructor through the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.  She is also a certified financial education instructor/coach and uses her 20+ years in finance to help people realized their financial goals.  She is the founder and CEO of Born to Prosper, a powerful system of financial tools that teaches individuals how to afford their lifestyles and invest in their future.  Some of her courses include: Ballin out on a Budget, DEBT FREE ME and Supersize my income. 


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