Rusty Lee Thomas was born in Cherry Point, NC on a Marine Base. He was
raised on the mean streets of Bridgeport CT. At the age of sixteen, his
parents divorced, he quit school, left home to live on his own, and most
importantly, he came to the saving grace and knowledge of our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
At the age of 17, Thomas joined the Army. He served as a M60-machine
gunner with the 101st Airborne Division.
In his early twenties, God called him to leave Hollywood where he was
pursuing an acting career and to go into fulltime ministry. There was a
huge battle, but as usual, God won. Since that time till now Thomas has
dedicated his life to serving His King and advancing His Kingdom in the
With his theological insights and understanding of American Christian
history, Rev. Thomas stands poised to lift up the banner of the Lord Jesus
Christ to a generation that is forfeiting its destiny by disobeying God’s
His many publicized cultural, legal, and political battles over the
burning social issues of the day have gained him a unique platform for
advancing the Kingdom of Christ in our beleaguered nation.
Rev. Thomas has a father’s mantle and spreads a patriarchal vision to
reclaim the masculine identity that has been neutered by the feminization
of America. He and his wife, Kendra Thomas, home school thirteen children
at the Thomas Nation’s University of Righteousness.
Rev. Thomas spent six years as a traveling evangelist and two years as a
pastor in St. Petersburg, Fl. In 1994, he became the assistant director
under the leadership of Rev. Flip Benham, national director of Operation
Rescue/Operation Save America. Altogether, he has over 30 years of
experience as a full time minister, public speaker, and writer.
Rev. Thomas has written two published books and a booklet. The first book
is called the Kingdom Leadership Institute Manual, Raising up Leaders a
Time like this Demands. The second book is called Abortion Violation,
America’s Premier National Security Issue. The booklet is called Field
Manual for Abortion Ministry, How to Stay Faithful in the Battle without
Hurting Yourself or Others. He has other books written and God willing,
they will soon be published.
A classically trained actor, Rev. Thomas graduated Magna Cum Laude from
Los Angeles Valley College where he also received the prestigious Honor
Chancellors Award. After his official training, he started in full time
ministry with New Life Drama Company, which was home based in Cleveland,
In 1985, Rev. Thomas and his first wife, Liz, who passed away in August of
2004, started Elijah Ministries. Elijah Ministries is a teaching,
preaching, and writing ministry dedicated to imparting a Biblical
worldview to the Church of Jesus Christ that will provide the theological
underpinnings to fulfill the “Great Commission.” The ultimate goal is to
reform the Church to restore America.
In 1998, Rev. Thomas established the Kingdom Leadership Institute. The
vision is to identify, equip, and send forth the next generation of
righteous leaders; leaders who will become the repairers of the
breach and the restorers of the right paths to dwell in (Isaiah 58:12 &
In 2000, Rev. Thomas founded, built, and dedicated a unique
Christian/Pro-life park to the Lord called Rachel’s Park Memorial in Waco,
TX. RPM is designed to minister to post-abortive families. The name for
the park comes from Jeremiah 31:15, which states, “Thus saith the Lord; A
voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping
for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they
Rachel’s Park Memorial reinforces the value and dignity of preborn
children and deals with the deadly wound abortion has afflicted upon our
children, family, church, government, law, and culture. According to Rev.
Thomas, “At some point, America will be forced to come to grips with our
complicity and complacency concerning this grave evil. We must be
therefore prepared to adequately care for those devastated by this sin and
crime.” The goal is to establish one park in every state of the union.
In 2004, Rev. Thomas, along with Rev. Flip Benham and a ministry team,
went on an adventure of a lifetime. They walked across America proclaiming
a strong prophetic message. It marked the most arduous task in service to
our Lord Jesus Christ and the preborn made in His image. They marched
leading a broken set of the Ten Commandments, an aborted baby, a white
horse called Judgment, and a donkey called Mercy. The long-term mission
and living parable took over six months to complete.
The prophetic message to America was two-fold. How do you want to receive
your King? If He comes riding on a donkey, He comes in peace. If He rides
a white horse, He comes to judge and make war.
In July, 2014, Rev. Flip Benham stepped down as national director of
Operation Rescue/Operation Save America at OSA’s national event in New
Orleans and Rev. Thomas was set it. Rev. Thomas has a two-fold strategy to
continue the ministry of Operation Rescue/Operation Save America. They are
the “States of Refuge” campaign and the “Operation: Let My People Go”