lions from the press and from distinguished men. He is the founder and
editor of The Christian News, a handsome and scholarly twelve-page
journal devoted to the work of the Church and the district of which he is
the presiding elder. His pen is in almost constant use and, as a result, be
has issued a most useful and comprehensive "Presiding Elder's Record"
a timely " Leaders' and Stewards' Record," a song in sheet music entitled
'The Redemption Song," and the present work, a voluminous correspon¬
dence, editorial work and special contributions to the church papers.
As a member of the "Washington Conference he has proved himself
useful, popular and progressive. He was elected almost unanimously for
four successive years. Statistical Secretary, the difficult duties of which
office he performed with satisfaction. His promotion as Presiding
Elder relieved him of that responsible position. His most important
charge was at Centennial Church. Baltimore, which he served for two years
and raised $10,000, thus lifting a long-standing mortgage. While in Balti¬
more Rev. Thomas was regarded as a representative of the colored pulpit
in that city. His sermons were published frequently in the ''Baltimore
American " and other great dailies, and he found himself in touch with the
best thought and progress of the citjT. He delivered the missionary sermon
before his Conference in 1890 and it was widely commented upon and
enjoyed tho distinction of being the first sermon to be ordered printed in
full in the minutes, As a presiding elder Rev. Thomas is a decided
success. His kindly heart, his splendid preparation, his quick preemption
of an advantage for the furtherance of his work, his constant aim to improve
his conferences and strengthen the relations between pastors and officers,
all point to him. as an ideal o 'leer.
The Church should be proud of the subject of this sketch. He is a man
of strong piety, splendid attainments and large'capacity for work. He
loves his Church, and his life's aim is to serve her.
-Isaac L. Thomas is in the vigor of young manhood, a gentleman of fine
and commanding presence, "of great energy and staunch purpose, of
generous culture. His best work is before him. If hejlives he will be
heaid high up in the counsels of the men who are to determine the best that
can be clone for the uplift of the Afro-American.
Nokman B. Pinn.
Alexandria, Va., July 29, '93.