...(And God) is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" Ephesians 3:20 KJV
Rev. DeByii L. Sababu-Thomas, Ph.D.
Pastor, Teacher, Preacher, Coach, Servant Leader
Rev. Dr. DeByii L. Sababu Thomas is a "Born-again,
Spirit-filled and Spirit-led woman whose goal is to love the Lord
with all of her heart, all of her soul and all of her
strength…. but she is also a woman who strives to love God’s people
as she loves her self!!”. Although ordained as an Elder in the
A.M.E. Church, Rev. DeByii (as most people call her) has a ministry that is
inter-denominational, inter-cultural, inter-generational and inter-active.
She has been blessed to teach, to lecture and to minister God’s Word
in truth, in power and in love, throughout the nation and the Caribbean to
people of all ages, religions, races and creeds.
Over the past three decades of
ministry, Rev. Debyii has sought to be “faithful servant and vessel of
honor” for God. She accepted her call to Kingdom service and her call
to preach under the anointed leadership of Bishop John and Rev. Dr. Cecelia
Bryant at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Baltimore where she served on the ministerial
staff. Since that time, she has assisted her husband, the Rev. Dr. Michael O. Thomas, in
ministry, as he serves as the Senior Pastor of Ward Memorial AME Church in Washington, DC, as well as, when he
served as pastors of other churches in the Maryland area. Additionally,
during the beginnings of her ministry, she was honored to be one of the
founders, as well as one of the first broadcast announcers at WEAA-FM radio in
Baltimore and one of its most inspirational Gospel DJs.
Currently, God has
blessed Rev. DeByii to be the Founder and Senior Minister of “God’s
Winning Women Worldwide Ministries, Inc.” God’s Winning
Women is a ministry designed to “Empower Godly Women to make a
difference in their lives, their families, their communities and their
world!" It is a unique teaching, healing and sharing experience that
takes place monthly in Landover, Maryland, as well as in other cities during
the year. Women from all seasons in their lives, at all places on their
journeys and in all phases of their ministries come together to affirm,
proclaim and celebrate the awesome presence of God in their lives which “always
causes them to Triumph in Christ Jesus”. In other words, they
begin to realize that, regardless of their situation or circumstance, they are
still GOD’s Winning Women!!!
Rev. DeByii truly believes that one should "study to show oneself
approved unto God". She
is a life-long learner, who values education and believes that all that we
learn should be used to honor God by edifying and strengthening our families
and communities and by advancing our Community of Faith. To that end, she studied at Morgan
State University, in Baltimore and at the Divinity Schools of Harvard
University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Howard University in Washington, DC.
She was truly blessed to earn the traditional Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Degree in Organizational & Religious Communications at Howard
University. However, she is clear that
God has always called her to a P.H.D. Ministry, that is, a ministry
characterized by Prophecy, Healing and Deliverance!
God has gifted Rev. Debyii with the special anointing to "rightly
divide the Word of Truth" through teaching and inspiring others. As a
motivational speaker, God sends her to countless, organizations, civic and
social groups and colleges throughout the nation to release and awaken a spirit
of excellence and leadership based on faith, hope and love. As an anointed
teacher and professor, God has given her assignments at the Community College
of Baltimore, Morgan State University, and Virginia Technical Institute-Fairfax
Virginia. However, Dr. Thomas’ most
fulfilling and stimulating assignment was during the time she served as an
Assistant Professor in the School of Communications at Howard University. Before retiring in June 2013 after
twenty-five years of service, God “blessed her and allowed her to be a
blessing” to innumerable students, faculty and staff.
Because of her love and her commitment, she was
honored by her students over twelve times as an “Outstanding Teacher”
and was listed in the 2004 & 2005 editions of “Who’s Who of American
Teachers”. One of her most cherished campus “assignments” was to
have served as the Faculty Advisor for the Ambassadors For Christ, a
student organization that sought to provide mentoring and spiritual support for
Christian students at the University. Her years of faithful commitment to her
profession has resulted in her receiving numerous other awards for her
outstanding contributions in the fields of radio broadcasting, religious,
educational and community service. Nevertheless, she is a humble servant
who undoubtedly realizes that all the credit, honor and glory must be given to
God, because "she is what she is only by the Grace of God".
Pastors Michael and DeByii have been
blessed to raise four gifted children: one daughter, Mercii and three sons Micah, Michael-Jakim & Melech.
They are even more grateful that two of their sons, Micah & Melech, have
accepted their “call to ministry”. She asks that you would pray for her,
as well as her family, so that God might use them to be a blessing to all who
love the Lord. She also asks that you would pray that they might be a faithful
witness to those who have not experienced the Love of God in their lives.