AHCC has had 10 senior ministers in its more than 150 year history — each leaving their mark in the community and on the hearts of the congregation.
Rev. 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 her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Concordia College – 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, Rev. Thompson began seminary at Princeton Theological Seminary – Princeton, NJ., and graduated in the spring of 2003. She was called to be the associate minister at Old South Union Church in Weymouth, MA in January 2004.
Rev. Thompson describes hereslf as “a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother.” She married Brian on January 14, 2007, in Ecuador, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. They are the parents of two wonderful little girls, Maya and Noelle. Rev. Thompson is a traveler and an avid reader, a lover of animals and kids, and kids that act like animals. She enjoys 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, and justice, and righteousness, diversity and the celebration of our common humanity, and above all else, she loves God – the Creator and Sustainer of life.
Rev. Matthew Laney created an inspiring mission for AHCC: to help people grow in faith and love as disciples of Jesus. AHCC’s vision of growing Christians today for the Church of tomorrow connects this large, diverse and talented staff and congregation to focus on being “unapologetically Christian and unabashedly inclusive.” Striving to build awareness and ministries around social justice (in addition to AHCC’s strong and long-standing tradition of charitable activities) was a hallmark of Rev. Laney’s leadership. In spring 2017, Rev. Laney decided to step aside as senior minister and seek a new call. After leading his final worship service on June 18, Matt and his wife Ann were celebrated for their contributions to the church. Matt thanked the congregation for this experience, and presented the church with a large plaque engraved with the call and response he had introduced at the beginning of his pastorate at AHCC, “God is good all the time… and all the time, God is good.” In their honor, “The Colloton Laney Fund for Social Justice” was established.