The Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr. is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Morganton, North Carolina.  Dr. Bland has extensive and steady service histories in community development, non-profit service, and in general care for those in need.  Under his leadership such organizations as the Mimosa Christian Counseling Center have come to life.  He is deeply involved in creating opportunities for housing for those who would otherwise experience homelessness in Morganton.  He has been named Morganton’s Man of the Year.  Dr. Bland officiates and oversees the Morning of Hope 5K Race and Community Sunrise Service.