Dr. Deric Thomas (B.A. Biblical Studies, MACE, M.Div, D.Min, MBA [in process]) is the Senior Pastor of Hope Mountain Church in Calera, Alabama. He is a professor at Samford University and The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he teaches and trains the next generation of Christian leaders, pastors, ministers, missionaries, and church planters. He is also a Captain and Chaplain in the Army National Guard of Alabama. God has given him the opportunity to do missions and ministry all over the world, but he considers it his highest vocational calling to teach and shepherd God’s people in the local church.