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Co-Pastor Kimberly Callaway-Thompson (cont.)
She has several nieces, nephews, a great-nephew, a great-niece, and several sons and daughters in the Lord that have been affectionately nick-named by her. Her maternal great grandfather was a Baptist pastor whose church in North Chicago, Illinois recently celebrated its 89th year. Her paternal grandparents were devout Catholics so her family continued in that tradition and she converted after marrying Pastor Thompson. Co-Pastor Thompson serves faithfully alongside her husband as a prayer leader and prophetic intercessor, teacher, and administrator. Writing and teaching are her passions and she is recognized in the body of Christ for her transparent and fiery teaching style. She openly shares that having been raised in the Catholic church, she had married an elder in the Pentecostal church and had no clue what to do or what her role should be. Now she tells every newborn babe in Christ and every young ministerís wife, Faithful is He that calleth you who also will do it. [1 Thessalonians 5:24] Realizing that God called her to serve Him in marriage and ministry, she began a ritual that continues to this day of rising early on Saturday mornings to spend time alone with the Lord and to devour His Word. She lives by Matthew 4:4 and Luke 4:4, It is written, man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Co-Pastor Thompson works as a program coordinator for a state-funded human services agency that provides technical assistance to school districts, community and faith-based organizations, and other public entities. Her additional job responsibilities include teaching science-based prevention education to middle school students in Rock Island and Whiteside counties.

Co-Pastor has a long record of leadership and service in the community. She is a co-founder of the West End Neighborhood Association and has served as one of the lead organizers of Celebrate Longview, an annual event that draws hundreds of people, including residents, school personnel, faith and community-based organizations.  She served three terms on the board of directors of Community Caring Conference and served as board secretary for the Western Illinois HIV/AIDS Care Consortium and is a past member of the Henry County Drug and Alcohol Task Force. She worked closely with the Rock Island Police Department to organize a bike give-a-way and rodeo
for youth in Century Woods. She also served as a tutor in an after school program at Frances Willard. She has served on several committees associated with the Rock Island School District advocating for school improvement and academic success. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Spring Forward Learning Center and Pioneering Healthier Communities.

In addition to her responsibilities at home, work, and church, Co-Pastor Thompson recently earned a Masterís degree in Public Administration from Drake University in Iowa. In 2009, she was inducted into the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. Most recently, she worked closely with Pastor Thompson to spearhead a faith-based redevelopment project on 11th Street now known as Embassy Square Mall. Given her background in business and public administration, she currently volunteers as Managing Director of Embassy Square LLC. Her dream is to retire from working in 10 years, write books, enjoy time with family, and travel the
world learning about other cultures and taking the Gospel to Third World countries in the 10/40 window.

In her limited amount of free time, Co-Pastor can be found spending time with family, reading and writing, and shopping!

 

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