About The Thoughtful Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas, AKA The Thoughtful Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas, AKA The Thoughtful Pastor

The Thoughtful Pastor is one woman’s way of making sense of the world, especially the intersected world of religion and politics. I think, question, and connect odd dots.

I find delight in ambiguity and mystery and less tolerance of those who call themselves people of God and then use that self-description as a way to abuse others.


As a retired Elder in The United Methodist Church, I have written extensively about UMC issues. Many of our institutional concerns echo national political matters.

I write the weekly religion column (Ask the Thoughtful Pastor) for the Denton Record-Chronicle newspaper. I also do film reviews, opinion pieces, and have completed one book (An Ordinary Death) with others in the works.

Here’s an article that sums up a good bit of my retirement life as a “mystery worshiper.”

I believe God holds the world together with passionate interest in redeeming all creation, not just a few selected people who have managed to say the correct words or believe with a pre-set pattern.

These beliefs represent hard steps away from my long background and education in the conservative/fundamentalist church, trying to find a voice in a world that insists women remain voiceless. Those years nearly killed me. In the end, I chose life. I walked out. Everything changed.