I'm Pastor Craig Thompson and I'm excited about serving here at East Side Church.
Rikki and I grew up near Lancaster, Ohio. We graduated from high school together,
and were married in 1996. I had every intention of becoming a history professor
when I entered Malone University, but during my sophomore year, I felt the definite
call of God to pastoral ministry. I have had the pleasure of serving as a youth
pastor at Sixteen St. John's Church in Massillon, Ohio, and Tyler Memorial United
Methodist Church in Chillicothe, Ohio.
I left Tyler UMC to attend Gordon-Conwell
Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, where I obtained my Master of Divinity
Degree and Rikki received her Master of Arts in Church History. After seminary,
I had the pleasure of serving as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Barre,
Vermont for over nine years.
I enjoy preaching, teaching, reading church history,
eating pizza, and listening to music. I also enjoy racquetball, taking walks in
cemeteries with Rikki, and playing board games.