"...a bridge-builder...Rev. Thompson has perfected a strategy of grace and peaceful dialogue”
— Timothy Kurek
Int'l Best-Selling Author
The Cross in the Closet
“A disarming and surprisingly genuine voice.”
— Vipp Jaswal
Head International Affairs
"...might surprise you and could open the door to real conversation."
— Rev. Tim Phillips
Seattle First Baptist
I began my ministerial journey and studies with a BA in Religion & Philosophy, minoring in Biblical languages, while also serving as a Minister of Music in a church in Corvallis, OR.
I continued my professional studies, entering a Masters in Theology program, forcusing on conflict resolution. Additionally, I received a Certificate in Religion & Social Conflict from the Boston Theological Institute, while also working in distributed and online education.
Being disillusioned with my lack of experience in the business and politics of social conflict, I continued my work in Education Administration, focusing on non-traditional students and serving as the Director of Online Education. I spent these years reflecting on my next course of action.
In an effort to broaden my understand of social conflict, I left formal ministry and launched a political consulting firm. During these years I was fortunate to work with local, state and US congressional campaigns, managing communications and public relations. Finding I had a knack for software, I also built and launched one of the first open source software platforms to manage political campaigns.
While closing my political consulting firm, I worked as a Barista at Starbucks. I then was very fortunate to receive the largest promotion in Starbucks history, becoming the Lead Application Developer for Starbucks' Global Business Services Solutions.
I have spent most of my life performing music (piano/singing) in venues of all sorts. In 2009 I decided to check a box off my bucket list, and put out a cd of my own original compositions called Disclaimer. I was fortunate to secure a great producer, an amazing studio band and an exceptional recording studio/engineer.
After years of reseach and reflection, I returned to ministry and launched my first book, Over Coffee: a conversation for gay partnership and conservative faith. This was my chance to work on a piece of religion and social conflict that was close to home. I decided to reach across the political and spiritual divide to meet privately, over coffee, with hundreds of conservative ministers and leaders, providing a safe-space for them to talk about gay (and other sexuality) issues in their ministries and organizations.
I launched a youtube channel where I interview weekly guests about their spiritual story.