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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

Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and graduate programs in, Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Communication and Leadership, Physician Assistant and Speech-Language Pathology. All of Thiel College’s master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce outstanding graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to diversity and inclusion. The College combines tradition with innovation as it honors its past and celebrates its future.

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