Rev. Dr. Brian R. Thompson, Sr.

Senior Pastor of Simon Temple AME Zion Church

The Rev. Dr. Brian R. Thompson, Sr. is a native of Chapel Hill, NC. He received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Augustine College, Raleigh, NC. Rev. Dr. Thompson holds a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary, Trotwood, OH. In June 2020, he received the Doctor of Ministry Degree. His DMIN project was “Overcoming the Obstacles that Hinder Substantial Church Growth.” He is a Sadler-Marshall Scholar of Transformational Leadership.

Rev. Dr. Thompson’s service in the A.M.E. Zion Church began in 1994. He has served in many pastoral positions: Long’s Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Durham, NC, Mt. View A.M.E. Zion Church, Moncure, NC, Union Grove A.M.E. Zion Church, Edenton, NC. In 2001 he was appointed to Simon Temple as the Senior Pastor, where he allowed the Lord to lead him in growing the church from 300 to 3000 members. He also presently serves as the Presiding Elder of the St. Croix District of the U.S. Virgin Islands Annual Conference.

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Community Activism and Involvement:

Rev. Dr. Thompson is a member of the North Carolina Governor’s Pastoral Advisory Board, the Fayetteville, NC Pastor’s Coalition, and the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County. He was hand-selected by President Barak Obama to serve as a member of the National Community Policing Initiative (COPS). He is the founder of the Brian R. Thompson Annual Golf Tournament, which has raised and donated well over $100,000 in college scholarships to those pursuing higher education.


Board Affiliations:

Rev. Dr. Thompson’s religious affiliations include chairman of the Connectional Finance Committee, The A.M.E. Zion Church, Chairman Finance Committee, Central NC Conference, Eastern NC Episcopal District, and an advisor to the Connectional YACM Steering Committee.


Awards and Honors:

Rev. Dr. Thompson has received a myriad of awards. In 2009, he received the Minister of the Year (Cumberland County, NC), Pastor of the Year (2012), The Old North State Award (2014), The Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Pat McCrory (2017). In 2017 Rev. Dr. Thompson received the Key to the City of Fayetteville, and August 12th, 2017, was deemed Brian R. Thompson, Sr. Day.


Civic and Community Affiliations:

Rev. Dr. Thompson is a proud member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Rev. Dr. Thompson is committed to community outreach. He is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).



Rev. Dr. Thompson remains faithful and committed to his first ministry. Rev. Dr. Thompson is married to Reverend Felica Raines Thompson and is the proud father of two miracles from God—Alexis and Brian, II. Rev. Dr. Thompson is a visionary who has a kingdom agenda. Some things are no longer negotiable. He challenges everyone with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “If a man has not found something to die for, he is not fit to live.”


"Today you woke up with some of the same bills, problems, issues and haters so what's the use? Before you give up remember God woke you up!"

- Pastor Brian R. Thompson

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