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Thiel College Welcomes New Campus Pastor

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College welcomes the Rev. Jayne Thompson as campus pastor, a position she will assume on August 12. Rev. Thompson comes to Thiel College from University Lutheran Church of the Epiphany and Lutheran Campus Ministry, St. Cloud, Minn. where she has served as campus congregation pastor since 2005.

Her prior appointment was serving as campus pastor at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan. Before transitioning to campus ministry in higher education, Rev. Thompson was pastor for Affirmation Lutheran Church, Boca Raton, Fla. and associate pastor for Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Tampa, Fla.

As campus pastor, Rev. Thompson will oversee campus worship, advise campus ministry groups, provide pastoral care to members of the Thiel Community and facilitate spiritual information. She will also offer support in the College’s effort to identify, attract and enroll Lutheran students. Likewise, she will nurture relationships with congregations in Greenville and the surrounding areas. Pastor Thompson will also teach in Department of Religion.

“We are thrilled to welcome Pastor Thompson to the Thiel community,” said Mike McKinney, dean of students at Thiel College. “Her proven record of success leading campus ministry programs, worship and building community will definitely help enhance the spiritual life of the College.” Thompson earned her Master of Divinity degree in pastoral care/youth and family ministry from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. and her bachelor’s in psychology and religion from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. She is also earned a master’s in theatre from Kansas State University and is an endorsed registered drama therapist.

About Thiel College

Founded in 1866, Thiel College is an independent Lutheran liberal arts, sciences and professional studies institution located on a 135-acre campus in Greenville, Pa. Committed to combining the best of the liberal arts tradition with career and life skills, the Thiel College faculty offers a high quality undergraduate education to more than 1,000 students across more than 60 majors and minors in 19 discipline areas that inspire, challenge and prepare students to succeed.

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