A Journey of Grace
Bill Thompson was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He has been married for over thirty-six years to Carroll Cobb Thompson, also a native of Memphis. Bill and Carroll have three children: Anna, Oliver and William. Anna and her husband, Hank, have a son and two daughters: Henry, Catherine & Ruthie, and are on staff with Cru at Clemson University. Oliver and his wife, Katie, have a son and daughter, Griffin and Nora, and they live in Columbia, South Carolina where Oliver works in the insurance business. William graduated from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina in May, 2012 and married Catherine Baker in September, 2013. He is an aspiring musician who would love for his band, The Dunder Chiefs, to have a contract with a recording label.
Bill has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Memphis and a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He also did post-seminary work at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and transferred into the Presbyterian Church in America in 1991 where he has served two churches. He is now a member of the Central South Presbytery of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Before coming to Montgomery, he served as the senior pastor of Metro North Presbyterian Church in Goose Creek, South Carolina, a suburb of Charleston. He began his ministry there in June, 2001. Previously, he was Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Dothan, Alabama for nine years. He has also served as an assistant pastor of churches in New Jersey and Georgia.
Carroll was the director of Metro North Dance, which she started in 2001. With close to 100 students, she taught ballet to children and teenagers. She loves to help students praise the Lord through dance. She is currently teaching at the Montgomery Christian School and directs Grace City Dance, a ministry of Road. She also teaches exercise classes at the YMCA on Bell Road.
In his various pastorates, he has sought to inspire God’s people to greater passion for local and world evangelization. Bill feels strongly that we are called to make disciples locally and around the world. Also, he wants to be known as a smiling, humble Calvinist who pastors a joyful, grace-oriented church that is a solution to “long-faced” religion.
His greatest joy right now is his grandchildren. He enjoys good books and working in his yard. When he feels like he doesn’t have enough frustration in his life, he plays golf. He is also fond of sitting in a deer stand in the middle of the woods.