Meet the Staff

Craig Harwood, Interim Pastor


My wife April and I have been out of the country for 6 years and we are happy to be back home and serving this community of believers, and enjoying living back around our family. We have 4 children and 2 grandchildren scattered between Fargo, North Dakota, Charleston, South Carolina and here in the Atlanta area. Along with ministering here at Vinings, I work for The Coca-Cola Company as Vice President of Human Resources for USA Operations.

I received my Masters of Divinity degree form Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1987, and from there we were called to a mission church in New York where I needed to secure a source of income. The Lord provided a job with Texaco, and as a result over the last 30 years we have traveled the world, serving churches in New York, California, Texas, the Philippines, Greece and of course here in Georgia.

We invite you to engage our fellowship, and expect that when you come, you will not only feel welcome and comfortable in our worship, but also challenged to be transformed into the likeness of Christ Jesus our Lord.

Donald Thomas, Associate Pastor

Donald L Thomas Associate Pastor

I am the 5th of six sons of the late Rev. James M. Thomas and Mrs. Mary E. Thomas of Buffalo, New York. My wife Jane and I are blessed with one son, Donald II. I am presently employed fulltime as a professional driver for US Ecology (EQ Industrial Services) of Atlanta, Ga while also serving as the Associate Pastor of the Vinings First Baptist Church. I’m also a member of the Praise Band at Vinings and lead a Small Group Bible Study class.

I’m a graduate of the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary of Cordova, Tennessee with a Masters of Divinity Degree and a graduate of the Clarkson College of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The Lord has blessed me to serve in numerous capacities of Christian ministry. Other areas of Christian service have included: an Extension Seminary Bible School Instructor, Association Moderator, Church Minister of Music, Adult and Youth Sunday School Teacher, and Church Youth Director.

I love the Lord and enjoy the fellowship of God’s children.