Rev. Erica Thompson was born and raised in rural Minnesota, moved to the East Coast with her family as an adolescent, and returned to Minnesota for college, earning an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1997. In the summer of 1997, she accepted a position with the US Peace Corps in Guayaquil, Ecuador where she lived and worked for three years. Upon return to the United States in the fall of 2000, Erica started seminary at Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) in Princeton, NJ. She graduated from PTS in the spring of 2003 and was called to be the Associate Minister at Old South Union Church in Weymouth, MA in January 2004.
Erica and Brian were married on January 14, 2007, in Ecuador, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. They are the parents of three wonderful humans, Megan, Maya, and Noelle who bring more joy to their lives than they thought possible! She is a traveler and an avid reader, loves animals and kids, and kids that act like animals. She loves good food and wine, speaking Spanish, going to the beach, hip-hop, folk, and country music, and wearing flip-flops and jeans. She loves peace, justice, righteousness, diversity, and the celebration of our common humanity. She loves family, friends, the church, and above all else – God, the Creator and Sustainer of life.
The chorus of one of Rev. Thompson’s favorite song says, “All it takes is a point of light, a ray of hope in the darkest night. If you see what’s wrong and you try to make it right, you become a point of light.” As human beings and as Christians, Rev. Thompson believes we are called to be those points of light for each other – transmitting the love of God from one to another. It is Erica’s hope that through preaching, teaching, presence, and outreach at AHCC, she can help ignite the flame in others so that we might all go out into the world illuminating the way of hope in the darkest night.