Jennifer Blackburn Thompson
Congregational Life Pastor
Jennifer Blackburn Thompson is a “cradle” United Methodist. She was baptized in the United Methodist Church as an infant and chose to follow Christ during a bedtime prayer with her parents when she was 11 years old. Through a “still small voice”, God also called Jennifer to full-time ministry that very night. After spending most of her childhood in the Atlanta area, Jennifer attended King College in Bristol, TN where she received a B.S. in Education. Immediately after graduation, she moved to Wilmore, Kentucky to Asbury Theological Seminary where she earned a M.A. in World Missions and Evangelism. Jennifer met her husband, David Thompson, at Asbury. They were married in the seminary chapel in 1992 and chose South Georgia as their home conference following an invitation from Bishop Richard Looney. David was ordained Elder and Jennifer, Deacon in the 1990’s. The Thompsons began their service in South Georgia at Americus First United Methodist Church where Jennifer was appointed as the Minister of Children, Education, and Missions. In 2000, the Thompsons were commissioned as missionaries with the Mission Society to serve in several Latin American countries. During their time in Peru, Jennifer taught and trained church leaders and began a small smocking and sewing business to help impoverished women. In 2007, both David and Jennifer felt a call to return to local church ministry. They moved to Colquitt United Methodist where Jennifer served as the Minister of Children. After Colquitt, Cordele First United Methodist was their next appointment. While in Cordele, Jennifer was appointed as the administrative assistant to the Southwest District Superintendent before moving to Richmond Hill last year. David is now appointed as the Coastal District Superintendent. David and Jennifer have three children. They are all seniors set to graduate in May this year. Lydia will graduate from Lee University in Tennessee; and, twins, Ben and Luke – who are currently dual enrolled at Point University – will graduate from home/high school. The Thompsons love to “do ministry” as a family, and David and Jennifer have always felt blessed to have the unique privilege to serve as a clergy couple. Jennifer’s late father was a United Methodist minister the North Georgia Annual Conference and her brother currently serves in the Holston Conference in Tennessee.