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Biography of our Interim Pastor
Reverend Dr. Leonard Thompson, Sr.
Reverend Dr. Leonard Thompson, Sr. served as the Executive Minister of the Cleveland Baptist Association where he provided personal and professional support to thirty-seven American Baptist Churches in Northeast Ohio. He is a native of Philadelphia; however, his passion for ministering God’s word has taken him around the world.
Dr. Thompson is an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches, USA, whose study of God’s word began early with his academic career. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible/Social Work from the Philadelphia College of the Bible. He has also earned the Bachelor of Divinity degree in Theology from Reformed Episcopal Seminary, the Master of Divinity degree in Parish Ministry from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Master of Sacred Theology degree in Practical Theology from Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Doctor of Ministry degree in Parish Ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary.
Dr. Thompson is a multifaceted minister whose years of Christian service have provided him with many opportunities to serve and minister. His experiences include serving as a Missionary, Christian Educator, Chaplain, Pastor and Regional Executive Minister. As a missionary, Dr. Thompson worked with the American Missionary Fellowship as the Cross-Cultural Ministries and Missionary Recruitment Manager. Furthermore, he served as a short-term foreign missionary in Tanzania, East Africa.
Dr. Thompson also believes in training the next generation of ministers and pastors. As a Christian Educator, he held the positions of Dean of Students and Director at the Evening School of Manna Bible Institute and adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Moreover, Dr. Thompson leads by example. He has shared the word of God in various capacities. As a Chaplain, he has brought comfort into hospitals, prisons and hospice facilities. In the preaching of God’s word, he has served as the Assistant Pastor of Wayland Memorial Baptist Church and Pastor of Galilee Baptist Church, both of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Pastor of Union Baptist Church in Hartford, Connecticut; and, Pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. His experiences also included being the Associate Executive Minister for Regional Outreach with the Philadelphia Baptist Association, and being elected the first African-American Executive Minister of the Chicago Baptist Association and the second African-American Executive Minister of the Cleveland Baptist Association. He recently served as the Interim Senior Pastor of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN.
Throughout his years of service to God’s word and His people, Dr. Thompson has had a loyal and steadfast wife, Carolyn Delphine Thompson (M.S.W., L.S.W.). Together they have two adult sons, Leonard Thompson, Jr. (Ashley, his wife) and Shir-Ami Shirhashshirim Thompson.