Bro. Thomas entered the Erie Conference in 1842, and before coming to Wisconsin in 1851, had served five appointments, and two years as Agt. of Allegheny College. In Wisconsin he has served Spring Street, Jackson St. and Summerfield in Milwaukee; Platteville, Lyons, Elkhorn, Fort Atkinson and Delevan; was Presiding Elder a term of four years each on Milwaukee and Jamesville, and for five years was financial agent of Lawrence University.
At the Conference of 1887, Bro. Thomas was not present, having taken a superannuated relation, and made a home for himself and wife in Florida.
Bro. Thomas was a man of large frame, -five feet, ten inches tall, whose gold glasses seemed an appropriate part of his solid substantial self. He was what would be called an old fashioned preacher, dealing chiefly with the plain themes of a real genuine heart changing religion. His was a hearty, happy religion, filling, with: its calm, sweet, joyous riches, all the hours of his life and work. Always the same even tempered, cheerful spirit, with an abounding measure of rare common sense, he was ever a welcome visitor. His real speciality was his practical financial judgment. To that, exercised wisely, promptly and with rare personal sacrifice are we indebted for the existence of Summerfield Church to this time.
– Biography by Ralph Lane Lawrence, 1952