Andrew C. Thompson serves as the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Springdale, Arkansas. Previously he taught for four years on the faculty of Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He also earned a Doctor of Theology degree from Duke University, where he studied the thought of John Wesley and the history of the early Methodist movement under Dr. Richard P. Heitzenrater and Dr. Randy L. Maddox.
Most recently, Andrew is the author of The Means of Grace (Seedbed, 2015), a book about spiritual practices and discipleship in the context of Christian community. He is also the editor and lead contributor for Generation Rising: A Future With Hope for the United Methodist Church (Abingdon, 2011).
Andrew’s academic writing has appeared in a number of journals, including the Wesleyan Theological Journal, the Asbury Journal, Methodist History, Methodist Review, and Liturgy.
In addition to his academic writing, Andrew also writes regularly for church audiences. For several years, he wrote a column for the United Methodist Reporter, which won the Award of Excellence by the Associated Church Press. At present he writes columns for both Wesleyan Accent and the Arkansas United Methodist newspaper. He also writes a blog on this website.
Prior to his appointment as pastor to Springdale, Andrew served as a Wesleyan Studies professor at Memphis Theological Seminary (2011-2015), as pastor of discipleship at Marion United Methodist Church in Marion, Arkansas (2013-2014), as the pastor of Mt. 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). He also served for six years on the staff of the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation as a ministry coordinator.
Originally from Paragould, Arkansas, Andrew and his wife, Emily, are the parents of three wonderful children.