“After observing Laurie’s capable leadership as Interim Dean/President over the past six months, the Board is confident that Laurie is God's man for Trinity in this season,” remarked Mr. Douglas Wicker, Chairman of Trinity’s Board. “His intimate knowledge of and love for the school are important as we move forward. Many of the faculty and staff have also expressed their confidence in and support of Laurie’s leadership in this role.”
Trinity began a search for a new Dean/President when the Very Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry, Trinity’s sixth Dean/President, announced his plan to return to England. An international search identified a number of impressive candidates, but the Board concluded that none of them was the right leader for this season. Dr. Thompson was appointed as an Interim leader to keep the affairs of the school running smoothly while the search for a permanent leader continued. Shortly after this interim appointment was made, many of the board members began to ask if the Spirit was guiding them to install Laurie as the next Dean/President. After much prayer, both the Board and Dr. Thompson feel that this is, indeed, the Lord’s will.
"Every prayerful moment in the recent months has confirmed in my heart and mind that God is calling me to this ministry and I am thrilled and honored to accept this appointment,” said Laurie Thompson. “The world of theological education is shifting and Trinity is at the forefront of transforming the way Christian leaders are trained for Mission, I am so excited to be a part of it! I would like to give my thanks to my family and the students, faculty, board, and staff of Trinity for their love, support, and prayers.”
Laurie Thompson first came to Trinity in 1997 after spending 19 years in parish ministry. He has led the Doctor of Ministry program since 2001 and has also served as the Dean of Administration and most recently as the Dean of Advancement where he played an important role in the “Reach for the Harvest” campaign which raised $15.4 million for various strategic initiatives. He is married to Mary W. Thompson and they have three adult children and 9 grandchildren.
Trinity School for Ministry (www.tsm.edu) is an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition. Begun in 1976, the seminary has trained more than 1,200 graduates and many others who serve in ministries all over the world. As a global center for Christian formation, Trinity continues to produce outstanding leaders who can plant, renew, and grow churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.