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Reverend Hubert Wendell Thompson was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was educated in the public school system in Tupelo and graduated as Valedictorian of George Washington Carver High School in 1962. Upon finishing high school, he entered Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966.  He went on to further his education and received his Master of Arts degree from Atlanta University in 1968, and the Ph.D. from Kansas State University in 1974. He received a B.A. Degree in Theology from Huntsville Bible College in May 2004.  Without the help of the Lord he would not have been able to achieve this academic success.


For eight years (1968-1976), with the exception of two years leave of absence for study purposes, he was employed at Clark College in Atlanta, GA. In 1976, he accepted the position of Associate Professor of Secondary education and Coordinator of the Freshman Reading Program at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL, where he and his family continue to reside.  Pastor Thompson retired from Alabama A&M after 33-1/2 years of service there in 2010.


He was married to the late Jo Ann Mathis more than 51 years. To this union they had four children and eight grandchildren. The late Mrs. Thompson was a graduate of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia and retired from teaching in the Huntsville City School System in 2012. She passed away on October 8, 2019.


Reverend Thompson answered the call to the Christian Ministry in 1976 at Progressive Union M.B. Church under the leadership of Pastor Herbert Cartwright, Jr.  He was licensed by that church in May 1977 and was ordained in July of 1977 at Owens Chapel M.B. Church. A few months later, in September, he was called to the pastorate of Owens Chapel M.B. Church. He served as pastor for 12 years until May 1990.  He then pastored the Mt. Gilead M.B. Church in Huntsville for one year and the Little Elk M.B. Church in Athens, AL, for eight years.  During the interim, he served as Associate Minister at the Progressive Union and St. Luke M.B. Churches.  He returned to pastor Owens Chapel again in June 2002, and he is still serving and letting God use him.


In the late 1980s, Pastor Thompson has served as Vice-Moderator and Moderator of the Flint River M. B. Association. Pastor Thompson is a founding member of the Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship, and he served as its first Vice President. He has held the positions of Vice President (twice), Secretary and Chaplain for the organization. He received special recognition for 33 years of faithful service to the ministry in the North Alabama area at the 2014 Huntsville Bible College Vision Banquet.


Most recently, Pastor Thompson was elected to the office of President of the Congress for the Southern Region of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. in their 51st annual session that was held in Huntsville, AL, in June 2014.  He has served as President for four years after having served in the capacity of Vice-President for four years and was also an instructor prior to that as well. The Lord has truly blessed and strengthened him in his ministry.

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