The Reverend Jeffery Shawn Thompson, a native of Brooklyn, New York, is the son of Ms. Tempie L. Thompson and the late Reverend Jesse L. Thompson, Sr.
After his parents relocated to Goldsboro, North Carolina, he completed elementary and high school in the Goldsboro City Public Schools. In 1990 he completed his undergraduate studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Media and Management.
Having moved to Washington, DC after college he worked for ten years as an Account Representative in the commercial printing industry. Sensing the call to ministry while a member of the historic Metropolitan Baptist
Church of Washington, DC he enrolled in the Metropolitan Baptist Church School for Prophets, a guided ministerial training program for those persons seeking to discern their call to ministry. After having participated in the program for two years, he answered the call to ministry and was subsequently licensed (1999) and later ordained (2002) to the Gospel Ministry by the Metropolitan Baptist Church where Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. serves as the Senior Minister.
As an Associate Minister of Metropolitan, he taught Bible Study and Sunday Church School, worked on the planning committees for the MBC Church Institute and The H. Beecher Hicks, Sr. Institute for Great Preaching. He also served as Vice-President of the Men’s Ministry.
Recognizing the need to prepare for full-time pastoral ministry, Reverend Thompson enrolled at Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis, Indiana) in January of 2000. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary in January of 2003. While at CTS he served as a student representative to the Board of Directors and received numerous academic and community awards. They include the coveted Martin Luther King Academic Scholarship, the Black Student Caucus Service Award and the CTS Community Life Award.
While attending seminary, Reverend Thompson served as the Assistant to the Senior Pastor (2001-2003) and Youth Minister (2000-2001) of First Baptist Church North Indianapolis of Indianapolis, Indiana where
Dr. Ivan Douglas Hicks is the Senior Pastor. His duties included day-to day administrative leadership, pastoral care, regular preaching and teaching, as well as coordination of church-wide activities for the 25+ ministry groups of the church. Under his leadership as Youth Minister, First Baptist North’s youth ministry grew to include a weekly Teen Bible Study, liturgical dance team, rites of passage for teens, and an Annual Community Youth Forum.
In July of 2003, Doctor Gary V. Simpson invited him to The Concord Baptist Church of Christ to participate in the inaugural two-year Pastoral Residency Program. In this capacity Rev. Thompson provided pastoral leadership for the church staff, the William M. Moss Brotherhood, the Men’s Ministry and various other church ministries. Additional duties included providing pastoral care, visitation, teaching Bible and new membership classes, leading worship, officiating, presiding, and preaching. He completed the two-year residency program in June 2005 and was invited to remain at Concord as a Senior Associate Pastor. In addition, Reverend Thompson served as the Chaplain
for The Concord Nursing and Rehabilitation Center ( 2005-2008), a 167 bed facility. He also serves as the Board Chair for Concord Family Services, a $15 million a year non-profit multi-service community based agency.
In July of 2005, upon the request of Dr. Ivan Hicks and the First Baptist Church North Indianapolis congregation, Rev. Thompson returned to First Baptist to serve as the Interim Senior Minister while the pastor participated in a three-month sabbatical sponsored by the Lilly Endowment. During this time Rev. Thompson provided day-to-day pastoral leadership for the entire church.
Reverend Thompson is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Drew University School of Theology in Madison, New Jersey. His area of concentration is Worship, Spirituality and Preaching.
In March 2008, The Amity Baptist Church of Jamaica, New York called Reverend Thompson to serve as its’ Pastor.