Pastor Scott Thomas
Pastor of Free Life Chapel in Lakeland, FL
CUFI Florida State Director
Scott Thomas is the Founding and Lead Pastor of Free Life Chapel in Lakeland, Florida, and is the President of Excel Academy, a K-12 school with more than 400 students. Enjoying fulltime ministry since 1991, Scott and his wife, Cindy, minister every weekend to a thriving multi-cultural, multi-generation congregation. Whether at Free Life Chapel or speaking across the nation, Scott is known for his unorthodox, energetic and creative speaking style that reaches diverse audiences through biblical truths, animated humor and cultural relativity. Beyond the pulpit and into their city, Scott and Cindy were awarded the Keys to the City of Lakeland by Mayor Gow Fields for the impact of their local leadership, humanitarian and community-wide endeavors.
Scott is a twenty-five year student of Hebraic studies and an avid supporter of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. He has been a member of Christians United for Israelsince its inception and has served as the CUFI Florida State Director since 2008. Scott and Cindy were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Jewish National Fundfor their pro-Israel efforts and impact throughout Central Florida and Israel in 2008. He has led numerous tours to Israel, hosted multiple pro-Israel rallies and is a noted speaker for various Jewish organizations throughout Florida. Scott serves on the Board of Directors for Operation LifeShield, an Israeli-based company that manufactures and places above-ground bomb shelters in terror-threatened communities throughout Israel.
Scott is a certified life coach and holds the following degrees: a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master’s in Biblical Studies, and has a Doctorate of Divinity.
Scott and Cindy have been married for twenty-four years and have a son, Caleb, who is married to their new daughter, Elizabeth.