Reverend Christopher I. Thoma

Reverend Christopher I. Thoma serves as Senior Pastor of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church & School in Hartland, Michigan.

Having become deeply involved in issues pertaining to church and state, Thoma engages regularly with executive, legislative, and judicial leaders at the local, state, and federal levels. He labors in this way not only to bring the concerns of the Church to the forefront of government, but to carry back knowledge and resources to his congregation and the Christian community at large. Along the way, Thoma has been blessed to form partnerships with judges, state and federal Senators and Representatives, as well as presidential advisors, cabinet members, and White House staff.

Thoma participates with various action committees in Lansing, the capital of Michigan. He directs the “The Body of Christ and the Public Square” conference. Additionally, he is often called upon to speak at various political conferences, Right to Life and Lutherans for Life assemblies, and theological symposia. Thoma partners with tier-one thinkers and frequently shares the stage with prominent newsmakers such as Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager, Dinesh D’Souza, Candace Owens, Charlie Kirk, and others.

Thoma continues to be an invited guest on local and national radio stations to speak to current political and cultural issues. He is an avid writer, having written a number of notable volumes on homiletics, pastoral care, liturgy, Christian suffering, and the like. His two-volume devotional collection entitled The Cruciform Way: A Steady Cadence of Christ for Life enjoys notable endorsements by Charlie Kirk, Sheriff David Clarke, Lt. General Gerry Boykin, and others. On a lighter side, he is the author of two children’s books, Tea with the Moon and There’s a Bug on the Floor, as well as the four-volume collection entitled The Angels’ Portion: A Clergyman’s Whisky Narrative, which exemplifies his abilities as a humorist. Having garnered national and international attention in the field of distilled spirits, he enjoys forewords and endorsements from the likes of Dinesh D’Souza (Author and Filmmaker), Stephen Beam (Founder & Master Distiller of Limestone Branch Distillery), Don Sutcliffe (Founder & Master Distiller of The Exceptional by Sutcliffe and Son), Mark Gillespie (Executive Producer and Host of Whisky Cast), and others.

Reverend Thoma’s theological and political essays have been included in a variety of collected works. He is a published hymnographer and poet, a steady contributor to various magazines and newspapers, and offers regular content for a number of theological and political news media outlets. He provides a consistent stream of information through his blogs and by way of social media, and he maintains a fixed segment on metro-Detroit radio entitled “A Minute to Stop and Think.”

In the spring of 2017, Reverend Thoma was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship from Salt & Light Global Wilberforce Academy, an extension of the Great Lakes Justice Center. In January of 2021, he was appointed as the religious liberty liaison for the English District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. In August of 2021, he was brought on board with the Michigan chapter of the newly formed “Turning Point Faith,” a Church-and-State educational initiative of Charlie Kirk’s “Turning Point USA.”

Reverend Thoma is a graduate of Concordia University, Chicago, Illinois, and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He lives in Linden, Michigan, and is married to Jennifer Thoma. They have four children—Joshua, Madeline, Harrison, and Evelyn.