Pastor Ernestine Thomas is Founder and Pastor of Turning Point Ministries, formerly Setting Captives Free Ministries in Stuttgart, Arkansas. She's the devoted wife of Pastor Robert Thomas for 38 years; a biological mother of four; adoptive mother as well as a foster mother for 24 years in quest of her "Mercy Ministry."
Pastor Thomas started out with a food pantry, street ministry, prison ministry, and worked with unwed mothers while serving on the HIV/Aids Consortium-where many captives were set free. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette appreciated Pastor Thomas' dedication and service and awarded her "Mother of the Year" because of the impact she made in the city with families and reunification.
In 1997, Governor Jim Guy Tucker appointed Pastor Thomas to the "Child Welfare Licensing Review Board," the first black and first female to ever be appointed to the board. Pastor Thomas serves as an advisory board member at Phillips Community College in Stuttgart as well as with Arkansas County Partners in Health. Pastor Thomas has served as an instructor with Full Counsel School of Ministry where Bishop Silas Johnson is her Pastor. Because of her services rendered, once again, Pastor Thomas was rewarded; she was chosen by Channel 7 News as one of the 2008 "Arkansans of the Week."
Most importantly, Pastor Ernestine Thomas has been appointed and anointed by God for such a time as this. She doesn't stand in the wisdom of man, but in the power of God-traveling extensively all over the world with the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ to Set the Captives Free through lifting up the name of Jesus.