Education: I am a graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary (82), which was preceded by a degree in Psychology and a minor in Education from Averett College (78). Ferrum College (71-73). Central Shenandoah Police Academy (74).
Appointments: Burnt Chimney-Flint Hill (Danville District)75-78; Jollivue (Staunton District) 78-January 2, 82; Parrish Court (Staunton District) January 2, 82-84; Associate, First, Salem (Roanoke District) 84-87; Powhatan (Farmville District) 87-91; Front Royal (Winchester District) 91-97; St. Paul (Alexandria District) 97-2005; Asbury (Harrisonburg District) 2005 – 2010, Winchester District Superintendent 2010 – 2018.
Retirement interims: Kernstown UMC, July-September, 2018; Mt. Olivet-Mt. Pleasant UM Charge, January 1 – June 30, 2019; Short Hill Charge, November 19, 2019 – June 30, 2020. Crossroads, October 1, 2020 – present.
Areas of Service: 1978-82 Camp Overlook Master Plan Committee; 1984-91 BGM, DMEC, UMVIM Steering Committee Chair; 1984-91 SEJ UMVIM Steering Committee; 1994-2001 BGM, CUIC; 1991-97 District Committee on the Superintendency; 1997-2001 Division Chair, CUIC; 1999-2000 Chair, Faith and Order Workgroup, VCC; 1998-2005 VCC Steering Committee; 1998-99 Chair, VCC Finance Committee; 1997-2005 VCC Coordinating Council; 2000 Vice-president of the Virginia Council of Churches; 2001 and 2002 - President of the Virginia Council of Churches; 2005-2008 – CLDDT; Conference Board of Ordained Ministry 2013-2017; Dean of the Cabinet, 2016-17.
Hobbies: Fishing, golfing, reading, traveling and most of all – spending time with my children and grandchildren.
Spouse: Vicki Peery Thompson (from Hot Springs, VA)
Sons: Chris and Amanda Thompson, Stephens City, VA, Jeremy Thompson, Suffolk, Virginia, Philip and Alicia Thompson, Davidson, NC
Daughter: Laura and Brian Staples, Stephens City, VA
Grandchildren: Canaan, Jordan, Chloe, Sydney, Emily, Lily, Maggie, Wesley, and Audrey
Additional information: I am the son of the Rev. Lawrence R. Thompson, deceased Virginia Conference pastor. My sister Lisa Webb is married to the Rev. Stephen Webb, retired UM pastor in Bainbridge, Georgia.