Pastor Jeremiah Thompson
at Malta United Methodist Church (7/1/2019)
Hello, I would like to introduce myself, my name is Rev. Jeremiah Thompson, I am honored to be your new pastor. Feel free to just call me Jeremiah or Pastor, which ever you prefer. Within a week and a few days I and my family will be completing our move to Malta, and moving into the parsonage here. We are very excited. Let me introduce the rest of our family as well. My spouse is Rev. Megan Thompson, she is also an elder in the United Methodist Church, and she is the pastor of Steward and Creston UMCs, I believe some of you know her already. We have two children, Abiella is 8 and will be going into the 3rd grade at the Malta School, she’s excited to start meeting people, and perhaps joining girl scouts and 4-H. Our son Owen is 4 (and a half as he’d be sure to say to you), he will be starting kindergarten in the fall, he’s looking forward to living in a house with stairs (something neither of our children have ever had before.) Finally, I suppose I should mention our dog Theadora, Thea for short, she’s active, loves, loves, loves people, and will bark a lot if you come to the door. This move is a great blessing for our family, Megan and I will now both be able to be home every night, since our churches will be so much closer together, and this will be wonderful for us and for our children!
Beyond family life, I want to share a few other things about myself. I was born in Springfield, IL, my dad (Herb) is a retried United Methodist pastor, and my mother Suzanne is a retired teacher, they live in Kankakee, IL. I grew up in several United Methodist Churches around Illinois. I graduated from Kankakee HS, then studied at the U. of Illinois in Urbana, with a degree in History and Religious Studies. I then took a masters of Social Science with a history emphasis from the University of Chicago. I then did two years as a domestic social justice missionary with the United Methodist Church, one year in Everett, WA, and a bit more than a year in Winfield, KS. In all these I had felt a call to ministry which I finally answered, while in mission service.
I met Megan in Seminary at Boston University. I graduated and returned to Illinois in 2007, and we married in 2008 the year of her graduation. I served 6 years as an associate pastor in Mahomet, IL, 4 years as pastor of the Famer City and Weedman UMCs. Then we were allowed to seek appointment in this conference so at to be closer to our parents, and sisters (as Megan’s family all lives in Southern Wisconsin, and my sister is in Chicago with her spouse.) I served two years at Wesley UMC in Sterling, but the distance between our appointments proved difficult with young children so when Malta came open we rejoiced at being offered this appointment and to be able to serve closer together.
I bring a deep passion for bible study, preaching, missions, and social justice with me. I look forward to making calls, and getting to know you all at church, or over coffee at Martha’s. Relationship is such a part of living as Jesus teaches, and healthy loving relationships are what make a strong and healthy congregation. I bring a variety of experiences and passions in ministry among them camping ministry, youth ministry, hospital chaplaincy, and mission trips.
I know we are all in a time of transition as Malta and Malta NW UMCs merge into one congregation, and as you get a new pastor. I am excited for what the future holds. I ask you all to be in prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we together seek to grow in faith, invite people into relationship with God, and seek to serve and bless our community and world. Please if you’d like to talk give a call at 815-592-3764, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or look me up on Facebook and send me a message. I am eager to talk to as much of the congregation as possible, and hear from you what you believe God is calling us towards as a congregation.
May God bless you, and I look forward to meeting you and being in ministry together!
Pastor Jeremiah Thompson
PASTOR JEREMIAH’S NOVEMBER MESSAGE
Several days ago, I was talking with someone from our church at the Garland Festival downtown. She said to me something along the lines of: “Pastor, you inspired me. I am going to read the gospels.” Believe me when something I talk about in a sermon inspires someone, I am deeply grateful to God, and so thankful that God can use me to help positively influence others. So, I am asking you all to join one of your sisters in Christ and read the gospels over the next few months. Specifically, I invite you to join her and me in reading them in this order: Mark in November, Luke in December, and Matthew in January. (And feel free to finish with John in February too!)
The gospels are the heart of Christ’s story, and so they are the heart of who we are called to be as Christians. As we let these stories, teachings, and parables soak into our lives, they help us become who God seeks to make us through following Jesus Christ. So, lets read the gospels together, and let’s talk about them as well. I look forward to talking to you, and I hope you enjoy talking to each other about these life changing books!
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