Thiel College pastor reaches career service milestones

Thiel College's Pastor Jayne M. Thompson is celebrating 35 years of ordained ministry, 25 years of campus pastoral work and five years of teaching and service to Thiel College.
 
 
Thiel College Pastor Jayne M. Thompson celebrates career milestones.
Thiel College Pastor Jayne M. Thompson celebrates career milestones.
 
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GREENVILLE, Pa. - Sept. 23, 2018 - PRLog -- Thiel College Adjunct Professor of Religion and Campus Pastor Jayne M. Thompson is celebrating 35 years of ordained ministry, 25 years of campus pastoral work and five years of teaching and service to Thiel College.

When Thompson joined Thiel College (https://www.thiel.edu/), she started the chapel staff training program and campus ministry programming to provide students with an opportunity to experience a hands-on approach to chapel work. She leads initiatives to develop the campus worship life with weekly services and special events and has generated a significant increase in attendance.

She has guided and advised the interfaith task force which brought a Muslim chaplain from Augsburg University, a Zen Buddhist monk from central Pennsylvania and the former Lutheran Bishop from Jordan and the Holy Land.

As an advisor and mentor, Thompson has helped numerous students discern their calls to professional ministry. Many of which have been accepted into programs at Harvard Divinity School, Vanderbilt Divinity School, University of Chicago Divinity School, Lutheran School of Theology, Trinity Seminary and others.

She supports and mentors many campus organizations including the Lutheran Student Movement, the Catholic student group, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the TC Soldiers for God dance and mime troupe, the Thiel Christian Fellowship and the weekly chapel services that feature different speakers each week discussing theological and spiritual issues. Thompson has led Thiel College's trip to triennial national Lutheran youth gathering in 2015 and 2018. Thompson has taught a variety of religion courses ranging from an introductory course in youth ministry, ministry and Christian worship as well scriptures, women in scriptures, Luther and independent studies. Additionally, Thompson, along with her husband, Jack, are Aikido instructors and advisors for Thiel College Sailing Club.

Thompson became a registered drama therapist in 2010 from the National Association for Drama Therapy. She received a Master of Arts degree in theatre with an emphasis in drama therapy in 2002 from Kansas State University. She earned a Master of Divinity for pastoral care/youth and family ministry in 1983 form Lutheran Seminary while also spending she senior year at Vanderbilt Divinity School. She received a dual Bachelor of Arts in religion and psychology with a coaching minor in 1979 from Luther College.

"Campus ministry had a wonderful impact on my life at Thiel College. I really enjoyed learning from Pastor Jayne in the classroom, in Aikido, and working with her by being a part of Chapel Staff. And not only that, Pastor Jayne has served Thiel as an amazing pastor!" Joshua Kenst '18 said.

About Thiel College

Thiel College (https://www.thiel.edu/) is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 25 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio to more than 900 students. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016 and remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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