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Rev Dr Jacqueline Thompson Feb 14 ATBC Web 80Assistant Pastor

With a practical and often humorous style of speaking that combines thorough biblical scholarship and "girlfriend" wit, Reverend Doctor Jacqueline Thompson speaks directly to the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life, helping them discover their purpose and destiny in Christ.

Assistant Pastor

Rev Dr Jacqueline Thompson Feb 14 ATBC Web 240With a practical and often humorous style of speaking that combines thorough biblical scholarship and "girlfriend" wit, Reverend Doctor Jacqueline Thompson speaks directly to the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life, helping them discover their purpose and destiny in Christ.

As a young girl growing up in the Northern California city of Oakland, Dr. Thompson was reared in a single parent home where her mother laid the foundation that would become her own personal relationship with God.

Her desire to help people by alleviating the conditions that seemed to keep them disenfranchised led her to pursue politics. With that in mind, she enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley where she majored in Political Economy of Industrial Societies.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1993, Dr. Thompson began teaching history and politics. While teaching afforded her the opportunity to positively impact the lives of young people, God was calling her to a higher purpose. In March of 1995, Dr. Thompson accepted her call to ministry and was subsequently licensed to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in July of 1995 and ordained to the ministry in October of 1998 by Reverend Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Pastor Emeritus of the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California.

Her journey towards God's purpose for her life led her to the Howard University School of Divinity under the academic leadership of respected theologian Dr. Cain Hope Felder. Her excellence in academic scholarship, preaching and ministry earned her numerous honors and awards including Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, The Ford Foundation Fellowship, and the Nannie Helen Burroughs Award. She was awarded a Masters of Divinity Degree with honors from Howard University in 1998. In June 2013, she received a Doctor of Ministry in African American Church Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

During her time at Howard, she served as the Minister of Youth at the Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, D. C. under the Pastoral leadership of Reverend Dr. Wallace Charles Smith. Under her dynamic leadership, the Youth Ministry at Shiloh flourished and served as a model ministry for churches nationwide.

In November 2001, she took over as Executive Director of the Shiloh Family Life Center Foundation, Inc., the non-profit outreach arm of Shiloh Baptist Church. During her tenure, she raised over five million dollars in funding to support the community outreach programs of the foundation, including an After school program, Senior center, Daycare center, HIV/AIDS program, Human Services Program, Community Computer Center, Debutante program and Teen mothers empowerment program.

Despite her giftedness as an administrator, her true passion is preaching and teaching God's word. Her unique preaching style and sound biblical foundation has opened doors across denominational lines as well as in mainstream civic and political organizations, including the National Urban League and the National Council of Negro Women. Dr. Thompson travels extensively across the United States and the Caribbean, ministering to youth, women and the general Body of Christ at churches, conferences, retreats and workshops. She has had the privilege of preaching in many arenas previously uncharted by women. In addition to serving as the first women to preach in many prominent pulpits across the country, she was the first ever female revivalist for Allen Temple Baptist Church and the first and only woman to preach Men's Day in the 150 year history of the Shiloh Baptist Church.


In keeping with the 'ministry of firsts' God has given her, in March 2010, Dr. Thompson was installed as the Assistant Pastor of the Allen Temple Baptist Church—the first woman to ever serve in this capacity in the 91-year history of the pioneering congregation.

Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Thompson can be reached by;

  email: assistantpastor@allen-temple.org   Twitter:  @ReverendJackie.

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