The Rev. Andrew C. Thompson
is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church
. He is currently a candidate in the Doctor of Theology program at Duke University Divinity School
in Durham, North Carolina, where he has focused in the thought of John Wesley, the history of early Methodism, and contemporary Wesleyan theology. His dissertation explores the role of the means of grace in Wesley's understanding of sanctification.
Andrew's academic writing has appeared in Methodist History
and the Wesleyan Theological Journal
. He is also the general editor and lead contributor for Generation Rising: A Future With Hope for the United Methodist Church
(Abingdon Press, 2011).
In addition to this blog, Andrew also writes the bi-weekly "Gen-X Rising" column for the United Methodist Reporter
, which has won the Award of Excellence
by the Associated Church Press. His writing in the Reporter
focuses on issues of faith, community, and the church, particularly as they relate to Generation X'ers (those born between 1961 and 1981).
Andrew joined the faculty of Memphis Theological Seminary
in 2011 and currently teaches there as the Instructor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies. He served previously as the pastor of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Henderson, North Carolina (2008-2010), as the associate pastor of First United Methodist Church
in Searcy, Arkansas (2003-2006), and as a campus minister at Lambuth University
in Jackson, Tennessee (2001-2003).
Originally from Paragould, Arkansas,
Andrew is married and has a daughter.