The Rev. Dion Thompson has accepted the call to become St. Anne’s Associate Priest for Pastoral Care. Rev. Thompson will join our staff sometime in mid- to late-August and will be a full-time member of our staff. Dion brings great gifts and passion for pastoral care as well as experience and interest in other areas of priestly ministry in the parish. Please read more about Dion Thompson below and join me in keeping him and his family in our prayers as he prepares to join us and as he brings his ministry in his current parish to a close.
The Rev. M. Dion Thompson currently serves as Interim Rector of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Darlington, Maryland. Before travelling up to the banks of the Susquehanna River, he served for 8½ years as the Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Covenant in Baltimore City. The Rev. Thompson is passionate about studying God’s word, proclaiming the Christian message and caring for God’s people. So, it’s no surprise to him that the Holy Spirit has brought him to serve in the pastoral ministry of St. Anne’s.
Rev. Thompson received his M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 2007 and was ordained to the diaconate in June 2007. He was ordained to the priesthood on Jan. 26, 2008, the feast day of Timothy and Titus, companions of St. Paul. Before taking up the priest’s collar, he enjoyed a 20-year career in journalism, working for The Baltimore Sun, The Miami Herald and The Hartford Courant. He started his career in Hartford as a night police reporter and went on to cover a wide variety of news beats, including the state prison system in Connecticut, the neighborhoods of Little Haiti and Liberty City in Miami, and the state legislature in Maryland. Born in Los Angeles, California, he holds a B.A. in English from California State University, Long Beach, and an M.F.A. in Professional Writing and Publishing from the University of Southern California. His novel, Walk Like A Natural Man, was published in 2003. During the past year he has written several articles for the Episcopal News Service and the Episcopal Journal. He and his wife, Jean, also a former journalist, have been blessed with 31 years of marriage and have one son, Tevin. Hobbies include playing guitar, bike riding, losing himself in the Greek New Testament and listening to music, everything from Blind Willie Johnson to Mozart and John Coltrane. Having been baptized in the waters of the U.S.C. Trojans and the Los Angeles Lakers, he asks that you refrain from extolling the alleged virtues of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Boston Celtics.