Karen Georgia Thompson

Karen Georgia Thompson

Co-Executive for Global Ministries, United Church of Christ

Thompson has been working in the National Setting for 10 years, first as Minister of Racial Justice before assuming her current role as Minister for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations. She believes both of these positions have provided her a foundation and skill sets that will be necessary in the role as AGM for Global Engagement.

“I have forged and nurtured significant relationships and have knowledge and connections with many of the partners in Global Ministries through years of involvement with the World Council of Churches and World Communion of Reformed Churches,” Thompson said. “I will be able to bring a vision that is grounded in a working knowledge of our partnership and agreements and will be providing leadership in ministry and mission with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The totality of this current role, my years in conference ministry and in nonprofit management, along with the years of working for racial equality, have provided invaluable experience both in administration and relationship building, to step into this role.”

Thompson has shared her skills and gifts in a variety of settings nationally and internationally during the course of her career. Her ministry is informed by her passion for racial justice. A strong proponent of human rights, she currently provides leadership for the joint United Church of Canada and United Church of Christ committee working on the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.

Before joining the National Staff, Thompson served in the Florida Conference United Church of Christ as a pastor, and on the Conference staff. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management, having served in leadership in nonprofit organizations and in academia.

Thompson earned a BA from Brooklyn College in New York, a Masters in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University in Durham, and a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She earned her Doctorate in Ministry at Seattle University.

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