MEET THE PASTOR

HT_MCU_Stole-150416-300x300Was called by the congregation to be the fourth pastor in Miami Beach Community Church’s illustrious history on July 29, 2012. Since accepting the call, Rev. Thompson has worked to expand ministries and programs, particularly to vulnerable and disenfranchised populations. The church’s commitment to youth programming, mission projects, Matthew 25 ministries, increasing worship opportunities, prison visitation, and an inclusive outreach, are all milestones of his leadership.

Rev. Thompson came to Miami Beach Community Church from Lebanon Christian Church in Semora, North Carolina, and Allied Churches of Alamance County, Inc., a homeless shelter, soup kitchen and emergency assistance network in Burlington, North Carolina. As a bi-vocational pastor, Thompson worked as executive director for Allied Churches.

While in North Carolina, Rev. Thompson served on the Eastern North Carolina Association of the United Church of Christ Board of Directors, and their Ministries Council. He developed the Association’s Safe Church program and policies, and produced promotional websites and videos for the Association’s church development efforts.

Thompson answered the call to ministry after working several decades in the nonprofit and education sectors. Moving into the ministry was a lifelong process; shaped by Thompson’s family, professional experiences and his progressive journey of faith. Thompson was introduced to the church as a Southern Baptist. He later became a member of the United Methodist Church and served as a lay leader. While discerning the call to ministry, Thompson joined the United Church of Christ because of the UCC’s commitment to peace and justice, equality, service, and compassion.
While in seminary, Thompson worked as the founding director of the Carolina Homeless Information Network (CHIN) for the North Carolina Housing Coalition. CHIN is a homeless management information system which links nonprofits, government agencies, and churches together to share information in the fight to end homelessness. CHIN has been nationally recognized twice for innovation and project management.

Before CHIN, Thompson served as the director of Community Outreach Services at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW). At UNCW, Thompson led several of his division’s civic engagement initiatives focusing on distance learning, economic development, public policy, and community partnerships from 1994 to 2004.

In 1995, Thompson was presented with North Carolina’s highest civic honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, for his work on Vision Carolina. He is a fellow of the Institute of Political Leadership (1999) and a graduate of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Institute (1997).

Rev. Thompson is married to Pamela De Haas and has two children, Oliver and Rachel. He is currently pursuing a Th.D from the Global Ministries University and Mahidol University International College in Thailand. He has a Masters of Divinity from the Earlham School of Religion. Earlier Thompson received a Masters of Liberal Studies from UNCW. He has completed level one Clinical Pastoral Education at Alamance Regional Medical Center.