OUR LEADERSHIP

Chuck Thomas, Senior Pastor

Rev. Chuck Thomas, senior pastor of Rochester Free Methodist Church, joined the RFMC family as an associate pastor in 2014. He has served as senior pastor since April 2017. Before making his move home to Beaver County, Pastor Chuck served as a pastor in the Free Methodist Church in Portland, Maine for six years and New Cumberland, West Virginia for 23 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan College.
 
Pastor Chuck has extensive experience working with children and youth programs, having led countless VBS and summer camp programs. Most notably, he has developed successful youth outreach programs at each church he has pastored. He channeled this experience to begin Big House Ministries, an outreach program for the youth in the Rochester community and surrounding areas.
 
Chuck and his wife, Norma, have been married for more than 35 years. They have one son, Josh, and four incredible grandchildren– Layla, Kai, Declan, and Ruby. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and spending time with this family.

Eric Perkins, Minister of Youth and Conference Ministerial Candidate

Eric Perkins was appointed to Rochester Free Methodist Church as a Minister of Youth to work with the youth programs, form new bonds and opportunities within the Rochester community, and deliver what God has laid upon his heart. He was recently approved as a conference ministerial candidate within the Harvest Conference of the Free Methodist Church. A freshman at Geneva College, Eric is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and International Business. He is extremely excited and blessed to serve at RFMC and the Rochester community, and he strives to go wherever God leads and directs him.
 
Eric remembers having the beginning of a true, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ when he was sitting in Sunday school class at New Beginnings Free Methodist Church in Butler. The extreme joy and true lifelong dedication many congregational members inspired him to strive for Jesus. As he continued to grow in Christ, he began to feel a call to ministry while on a mission trip to Philadelphia, in which he delivered his first God-inspired message. God continued to lay ministry on his heart while he served as the youth leader at New Beginnings and as the President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at West Shamokin High School. He has responded to God’s calling upon his life by enrolling at Geneva and by following God’s leading to Rochester.
 
Born in Kittanning, PA, Eric is excited to call Rochester home. You can often catch him spending time with friends in his spare time. He also loves to enjoy and experience God’s creation through running, playing sports, disc-golfing, and stargazing. Eric is a huge Pittsburgh Penguins and Arsenal fan.