The Historic Ebenezer A.M.E. Church
Carol Ann Pettigrew Thomas was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She and her five siblings were raised by their parents in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In her early years, her parents emphasized the mandate to be active in the church and to acquire business skills. Both parents owned businesses and were involved in the life of the city. She followed the footsteps of her family members by graduating from AM & N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). Eighteen hours of graduate studies were completed at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock and the Ohio State University, in Columbus, OH.
Having lived in seven states, Mrs. Thomas has been afforded the opportunity to have very enriching work experiences and employment opportunities. Among her position held are as follows: Area Supervisor, The State of Arkansas Division of Youth Services; Division Sales Manager. Paul G. Spining Associatates/Casolar Corporation based in Dallas, Texas; Assistant Director of Personnel, Mandalay Four Seasons Hotel, Dallas, Texas; Director of Admissions, Interactive Learning Systems in Atlanta, Georgia; Director of Human Resources, Children's services. Inc. (12 Programs administered by the second oldest child welfare business in the country); and an Instructor, Kentwood Academy in Chicago, IL.
The select memberships of Mrs. Thomas are: The Training Committee of the Children, Family and Youth Council of the Delaware Valley, the Human Resource Network Group, The president of the West Area Ministers Spouses, the Chicago Conference Ministers Spouses, Immediate past president of Fourth District Ministers Spouses, current recording secretary of the Connectional Ministers Spouses Organization; Chair, Family Life Committee, First Episcopal District; WMS Advisor to three WMS Societies in two Episcopal Districts, and a member of the Black Administrators in Child Welfare.
Pastor and Mrs. Thomas are a blended family with six children (one son deceased). They have five grandchildren. She was blessed to initiate a women's ministry and retreat at Vernon Chapel in Flint. Mrs. Thomas is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.