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The Rev. Dr. Murray Joseph Thompson
October 20, 2016, 11:48 AM

Since graduating from Wake Forest University in 1970, Rev. Dr. Thompson subsequently graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1976 and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Dr. Thompson has served in a number of pastorates, including the First Presbyterian Church, Colfax, Iowa; the Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the First and Crooked Creek Presbyterian Churches, Ford City, Pennsylvania; the Shelocta Community Presbyterian Church, Shelocta, Pennsylvania; the Second Presbyterian Church, Pittston, Pennsylvania; the United Church of Angel Fire, Angel Fire, New Mexico; the First Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield, Indiana.

Dr. Thompson also served as a Chaplain in the United States Army. Following his graduation from the ROTC program at Wake Forest University in 1970, at which time he was commissioned in the Army Ordnance Corps, he subsequently was commissioned in the Army Chaplaincy. He then graduated from the Chaplain Officer Basic Course in 1985 at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; the Chaplain Officer Advanced Course in 1994 at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; the Combined Arms and Services Staff School in 1995 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 

Dr. Thompson served with distinction while on tour in the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield and Desert Storm while assigned to the 101st Airborne & Air Assault Division of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Additionally, he served with distinction while on tour with the 7th Corps Support Group in Crailsheim, Germany and in Ghana, West Africa. His awards include: The Meritorious Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three stars, the Southwest Asia Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), three Army Commendation Medals, the Overseas Service Medal, and the Army Service Medal. It was out of this experience Dr. Thompson wrote several articles for the Army publication "The Military Chaplains' Review" on how Army Unit Ministry Teams operate and provide spiritual support during air assault operations in combat zones. He also wrote a book about the history of the military chaplaincy entitled Shepherds of God in Wolves' Clothing: Random Reflections of a Former Army Chaplain.

Dr. Thompson is a graduate of the Doctor of Ministry program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a specialty in Parish Ministry. He has written several published articles about church and ministry to include a book entitled Christianity's New Model for Ministry: The Multi-denominational Church.

Dr. Thompson continues his ministry in retirement by providing pulpit support to the many churches in the Presbytery of Lackawanna.