Worship & Prayer Coordinator
Teresa Thomas is a native of the Washington, DC suburbs and joins Celebrate Messiah NZ as Worship & Prayer Coordinator. From the age of 5, Teresa began playing the piano ‘by ear’ and loved playing the piano and writing “little songs” throughout her childhood. Having trusted Jesus for her salvation a week after her high school graduation, Teresa immediately redirected her talents to playing, singing, and writing songs for the Lord. She performed with several Christian bands in the DC/Baltimore area, has performed as a studio musician, and played for countless weddings and funerals. She has released two CDs: Songs From The Border (as Teresa Acquaviva), and Upon Your Shore. Teresa began leading worship for her church in her mid-20s and was soon asked to lead worship for women’s conferences and church-related events. She has had the opportunity to lead worship throughout the East Coast, Canada, for ‘PWOC Europe’ in Willingen, Germany, and for Simcha, with CMNZ. She has also led worship in local prisons with ‘Good News Jail and Prison Ministry’ and for several 24/7 “Houses of Prayer” including David’s Tent in Washington, DC and NOVAHOP in Northern Virginia. For the first 20 years of Teresa’s life as a believer, she was completely involved in church-related ministry, giving no thought to the apostle Paul’s directive that the gospel should be “to the Jew first.” However, in 2001, Teresa and her husband began attending a Bible study called “Jesus in the Torah” led by a Messianic Orthodox couple in Frederick, MD. She and her husband were the only Gentiles in this 10-member study. One week, the elderly Israeli mother of a member began to recognize Yeshua as her long-awaited Jewish Messiah! Turning to Teresa and Michael she then said, “You are Gentiles, and you know the Jewish Messiah — do you tell my people?” It was in that moment that they made a commitment to make Jewish evangelism a priority! Soon after, they attended a Messianic congregation and Teresa began writing music that reflects the Messianic attributes of Jesus. Teresa has recognized that CMNZ’s mission and purpose uniquely align with the desire of her own heart, and she has now joined the CMNZ team! Teresa has come to NZ with her husband, Michael, and her son, Ian. Her adult son and daughter, Morgan and Chloe, remain in the USA.
How did God prepare Teresa to move across the world to work with Celebrate Messiah NZ? Hear Teresa’s story.