Jonathan Tremaine Thomas was raised in the southern foothills of western North Carolina along with his brother, worship artist Jaye Thomas. As a fifth generation “preacher’s kid”, and the grandnephew of the late Civil Rights activist and music legend Dr. Nina Simone; Jonathan represents a unique blending of artistic history and divine calling.
After earning a B.S. Communications at East Carolina University and pursuing an M.A. in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary; Jonathan was commissioned in 2003 by Bethel World Outreach Center as a missionary to the most violent neighborhoods in Nashville, TN. While serving in these communities, he was personified as Tony in the 2006 Sony Pictures film The Second Chance. In this context, Jonathan began to employ his theatrical, film, and media production skills to equip and encourage young people through establishing a non-profit creative company. As president of Uproot Media, LLC; he works as an actor, host, and voiceover talent appearing with prominent roles in two feature films and over 100 commercials, industrials, and radio ads.
As a missionary and prayer mobilizer, Jonathan has spearheaded extensive evangelism, prayer, and repentance gatherings in stadiums and cities across the nation including The Call Detroit, The Ferguson Response, AzusaNow LA, and Awaken The Dawn DC.
As the founder of Civilrighteousness.org, he gained a voice nationally following the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Today he directs prayer fueled evangelism, discipleship, community transformation, and racial reconciliation initiatives in the St.Louis area while serving as on the pastoral team at Destiny Church St.Louis. With a strong conviction to “earnestly contend for the faith”; Jonathan carries an uncompromising message of identity in Christ and eternal perspective.
He currently resides in Ferguson, MO with his wife Mollie and their young daughter.