T Thomas, Interim Pastor
T Thomas is from Atlanta, Georgia. He met his wife, Kathie, while at Furman. After marriage and seminary, they spent the next 45 years in ministry, most of which was done overseas. T has been a church planter, pastor and seminary professor in Burkina Faso, Romania and Cyprus, but most of their time (27 years) was spent in France.
Along the way T has been interim pastor for two churches. He is currently helping with the preaching at their church in Hendersonville while they search for a new pastor. He is passionate about missions and especially church planting. He and Kathie have been involved in starting more than a dozen churches in Africa, Europe and the USA.
T is co-founder and director of His Nets, a non-profit that combats malaria by distributing insecticide treated mosquito nets primarily in Africa. He is also involved in starting a new Pastor Training School in central Haiti. The Thomases have five daughters and six grand-daughters.
When asked about some interesting facts about himself, T shared that he has had the opportunity to attend the Olympics four times, working at two of them. He also wanted the congregation to know that though his father was born in Kentucky, he is not a UK fan! T enjoys walking in the mountains and reading.
Tracie Jernigan, Minister of Worship
M.Div, M. Music
Tracie Jernigan moved to Cullowhee with her family in December of 2013 and quickly found a church home at The Summit. She was born and raised in Plano, Texas, and is not ashamed of her love affair with chips, queso, and Blue Bell ice cream. Tracie spent some good time at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, earning a Bachelor of Music in Church Music with concentration in pipe organ, a Master of Music in Church Music, and a Master of Divinity from Truett Theological Seminary. She served as Associate Pastor of Worship & the Arts at Willow Meadows Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, for six years. Tracie has served on the Advisory Board for the Center of Christian Music Studies at Baylor University since 2006.
God called Tracie to worship and church ministry early in her life, and she feels passionate about providing excellence and diversity of style through creative worship. Her passions extend to sharing God’s truths and promises with children through music and the arts. She uses her organizational skills to curate worship with creatives (musicians, artists, speakers and more) while leading with her own creative gifts. She is primarily a keyboardist and harmonist, but has dabbled in mandolin since moving to Appalachia.
Tracie spends her free time enjoying life in the mountains with her husband, Nick, and two boys, Charlie and Sam.