Rev. LaDonna Thomas has served as pastor of St. David’s Lutheran Church, Hanover, PA since 2009. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1994, she has had extensive experience and training in evangelism, transformational ministry and mission development.
A core belief that guides her ministry is that “God is on a mission to love and bless the world and God uses people to do it.” One of her greatest joys in ministry, then, is assisting people to discover and use their gifts for ministry, empowering the Church for service in the world.
During her 20+ years of ordained ministry, Rev. Thomas has served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran in Greencastle, PA; St. Paul Lutheran in Stewartstown, PA; and, Zion Lutheran in Landisville, PA. She was a member of the Region 8 ELCA Transformational Leadership Team, Lower Susquehanna Synod Evangelism Committee, Hempfield Area Food Pantry Board of Directors, Secretary of the Crossroads Ministerium, and Dean of the Hanover Conference of the Lower Susquehanna Synod.
Rev. Thomas received her Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. She also holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from California State College, Bakersfield. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI.
Rev. Thomas is married to Rev. Steven Thomas, pastor of St. Bartholomew United Church (ELCA), in Hanover, PA. They are the parents of a daughter, Rebekah, who is a college student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.
In her free time, Pastor Thomas enjoys biking, hiking, exercising, reading, and mindfulness practices.