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Overseer Willie Thomas & Mother Gail Thomas

Senior Pastor

Overseer Willie Thomas and his wife Mother Gail Thomas are among 30 original members of the Outreach Evangelistic Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith. The mission was originally founded in early 1980’s by the mother of Bishop Thomas, the late State Mother Katherine Thomas. State Mother Katherine Thomas, affectionately known as Polly, responded to a vision and a call from the Lord to establish an outreach ministry.

As the ministry experienced early growth, it found itself going through a sudden transition without a pastor.  Her son Willie was playing the guitar every Sunday while his wife led a highly anointed praise and worship service. The late Chief Apostle Lymus Johnson, the Presider and founder of the Evangelistic Churches of Christ, ordained Willie Thomas in an evening service in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the first Deacon to this ministry.  

Bishop Anthony C. Ligon & Lady Renee Ligon


“Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles” Acts 26:22-23 King James Version. This explains the ministry mission of Pastor Anthony C. Ligon, the second oldest of three boys born to the late Pastor Emeritus James Clinton Ligon Sr. (PhD.) and Mother Lucille Ligon. As a child reared in a home, where daily prayer, scripture reading, and discussions were a normal occurrence, accepting the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ became a reality at the age of 12 years old. Being baptized and living a life for Christ became a goal, however, through all of this, yet, there was something missing.

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