Reverend Christopher I. Thoma

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

Pastor Thoma is deeply involved in issues pertaining to the relationship between the Church and the public square. He regularly engages with executive, legislative, and judicial leaders at the local, state, and federal levels, not only to communicate the concerns of Christians, but to carry back knowledge and resources to his congregation and the Christian community at large. He is involved in the efforts of various action committees in Lansing, Michigan. He is the director of the annual “The Body of Christ and the Public Square” conference. He is frequently called upon to address listeners at various gatherings, including religious liberty rallies, Michigan Right to Life and Lutherans for Life assemblies, and theological conferences. Additionally, he continues to be an invited guest on local and national radio stations to speak to current political issues as they intersect with the Christian perspective.

Pastor Thoma is a frequent contributor to “The Lutheran Witness” magazine, “The Reporter” newspaper, and offers regular content for a number of various theological and political media outlets. He provides a steady stream of editorial pieces for local newspapers and has a fixed segment on metro-Detroit radio entitled “A Minute to Stop and Think with Pastor Christopher Thoma.”

In the spring of 2017, Pastor Thoma was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship from Salt & Light Global Wilberforce Academy (Great Lakes Justice Center).

Pastor Thoma is an avid writer, having written notable volumes such as Kids in the Divine Service, Feeding the Lambs: A Worship Primer for Teachers of Children, The Homiletical Canvas: Poetry in Service to Preaching, Ten Ways to Kill a Pastor, and Type One Confessional: God, a Pastor, and a Girl with Type 1 Diabetes. On a lighter side, he is the author of volumes one, two, and three of The Angels’ Portion: A Clergyman’s Whisky Narrative, all of which have garnered national and international attention, as well as sturdy acclaim among experts in the whisky field. Each volume is a wonderful example of his humorist spirit. His efforts in this arena have a sizeable following and he enjoys the respect of the alcohol/spirits community throughout the world, being heralded by many writers, distillers, and industry leaders as a source of expertise. Pastor Thoma is frequently called upon to serve as a guest speaker by these same people.

Pastor Thoma is married to Jennifer. They have four children—Joshua, Madeline, Harrison, and Evelyn.


You may listen to a few various radio interviews with our Pastor here:

KFUO AM in Saint Louis, Missouri:

The Coffee Hour (Regarding the topic of affliction as well as the books Type One Confessional and Ten Ways to Kill a Pastor)
Faith and Family      Book Talk (Part One)       Book Talk (Part Two)

103.5 FM WMUZ (Bob Dutko):
Book Interview (Part One)    Book Interview (Part Two)    Book Interview (Part Three)

WAAM Radio AM 1600:
Interview with Randy Bishop regarding Governor’s race

93.1 FM WIBC in Indianapolis:
Part One (Book Discussion)     Part Two (Religious Liberty)

Book Talk – KFUO AM in St. Louis:
Full Audio

Speech given at the Michigan State Capitol on December 2, 2015

Invocator for Michigan Senate – 19 April AD 2016

KFUO – Free to be Faithful – 17 August AD 2016

KFUO – The Student Union – The Body of Christ and the Public Square – 21 December AD 2016

KFUO – Free To Be Faithful – The Secularization of Christmas – 23 December AD 2016

KFUO – Faith and Family – Kids in the Divine Service – 17 August AD 2017

Speech given at the Michigan State Capitol on November 1, 2017

Invocator for the Michigan House of Representatives on December 5, 2017