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The Rev. Anthony Batiste Thompson, was born in Charleston, SC. where he graduated from Bishop England High School. He received a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Secondary Education at Benedict College, served six years of military duty in the U.S. Navy and received a Masters of Divinity from Cummins Theological Seminary of Summerville, SC.
He is a published poet and was acknowledged by the American Poetry Association as one of the BEST POETS of 1980 and 1985. His publications can be found in the Library of Congress. He was also published by the Journal of Preachers Volume XLI Number 2 for Lent of 2018.
Rev. Thompson’s entire adulthood has been dedicated to the shepherding care and assistance to his fellowman. After twenty-seven years of service, he retired from the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services as an Adult Probation-Parole Agent. He was also employed with Carolina Youth Development Center of North Charleston, SC as a Relief Counselor; the South Carolina Dept. of Mental Health as a Wraps Provider; Mentor of Charleston as a Direct Service Employee; The Charleston County Substance Abuse Commission as a Court Liaison; John G. Richard’s Institution for Boys as a Youth Counselor and has voluntarily mentored young people in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties of South Carolina for forty years and still pressing on.
Reverend Thompson was ordained into the Holy Order of Deacons of the Reformed Episcopal Church on September 29, 1997 and he was ordained into the Holy Order of Presbyters of the Reformed Episcopal Church on July 26, 1998. He was the Pastor of St. Stephen’s Reformed Episcopal Church of Summerville, SC from September 1995 until September 2010 and is presently Vicar of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church of Charleston SC.
He is a member of the National Board of Foreign Missions of the Reformed Episcopal Church; a member of Examining Chaplains of the Reformed Episcopal Diocese of the Southeast; chairman of the Drug & Substance Abuse Prevention Committee of the Reformed Episcopal Diocese of the Southeast; member of The Community Advisory Board of Mother Emanuel AME Church Empowerment Center; member of the Clergy Advisory Council under Mayor John Tecklenberg of Charleston, SC. and member of the Board of Visitors of Charleston Southern University.
Since the Emanuel Nine massacre Rev. Thompson mission is to spread the Gospel of forgiveness. He has spoken at many churches, organizations and radio broadcasting stations abroad and across the United States. He is an advocate for gun control and in 2016 was featured in the documentary by PBS entitled “Armed in America: Faith &Guns.” In 2017 featured in the Showtime documentary entitled Active Shooter America under Fire. In 2018 featured in CNN Special Report: “Spreading Hate: The Dark Side of the Internet”. Featured in the documentary “Emanuel” to be released on June 17, 2019. Author of the book entitled “Called to Forgive…” to be released on June 4, 2019.
Rev. Thompson was married to the loving and beautiful late Myra Singleton of Charleston, SC. They have three wonderful children and five beautiful grandchildren.
Rev. Thompson strongly believes that "Without GOD we can do nothing but with GOD all things are possible." His favorite Bible verse is taken from St. Matthew 25:40(b): “…Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
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