Anthony B. Thompson
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Author | Pastor | Mentor
- B.A. in Secondary Education from Benedict College
- Masters of Divinity Degree from Cummins Theological Seminary of Summerville
- Served six years in the US Navy
- Past Relief Counselor for Served the Carolina Youth Development Center of North Charleston, S.C.
- Past Wraps Provider for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health
- Mentor of Charleston as a Direct Service Employee
- Past Court Liaison at the Charleston County Substance Abuse Commission
- Past Youth Counselor at John G. Richard’s Institution for Boys
- Volunteered for 27 years as a mentor for young boys in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties of South Carolina.
- Past Adult Probation Parole Agent for Parole and Pardon Services
- Pastor of St. Stephen’s Reformed Episcopal Church of Summerville, S.C. (Sept. 1995-Sept. 2010)
- Currently the Pastor of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church of Charleston
- A member of the Community Advisory Board of Mother Emanuel AME Church
Empowerment Center; the National Board of Foreign Missions
of the Reformed Episcopal Church; the Examining Chaplains of the
Reformed Episcopal Diocese of the Southeast; Chairman of the Drug &
Substance Abuse Prevention Committee of the Reformed Episcopal
Diocese of the Southeast; and Mayor John Tecklenberg Clergy Advisory
Called to Forgive
On June 17, 2015, white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof, 21, armed with a hidden .45-caliber Glock handgun, attended the Wednesday evening Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston. An hour later, Roof pulled his weapon and killed nine African-American worshipers as they prayed – including Reverend Anthony Thompson’s wife, Myra.
After the shooting, the city’s leaders prepared for the expected racial riots, looting, violence, arrests, property damage, etc. It had happened everywhere else after a racially-motivated incident. But it didn’t
happen in Charleston. Why?
Because, 48 hours after the shooting, during Roof’s bond hearing, Thompson (and two other family members) publicly forgave him for killing their loved ones. His forgiveness and Christian testimony stunned a nation, and Charleston responded with unanticipated love and compassion, black and white, Christian and Jew, standing together and making a powerful statement for racial reconciliation.
It’s forgiveness and reconciliation our nation desperately needs in the midst of today’s volatile, divided and ideologically-driven culture.
This book is the account of Reverend Thompson’s wife’s murder, the grief he experienced, and the radical choice to forgive the killer. But beyond that, Reverend Thompson casts a compelling vision of the power of forgiveness to transform our lives–personally, in our communities, and even in our nation.
Be inspired by this remarkable story and discover how the difficult decision to forgive can become the key to radical change.
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