Jim Thompson is an Instructional Designer, Educational Technologist and an Ordained Christian Minister. Jim has 30 years of experience and expertise in school and business development, administration, fundraising, publishing, corporate training and Christian ministry. He spent 21 of those years at Mountain Mission School, Inc. where he started as an instructor and advanced to Vice President and school principal. During his time at Mountain Mission School Jim also served as an Adjunct Professor of English and Computer Science at Southwest Virginia Community College, Richlands, Virginia.
Those having worked with Jim state that his strengths are perspective, determination, the ability to learn quickly, being creative, and a wonderful sense of humor. He enjoys directing complex projects from concept to fully operational status. He is a goal-oriented individual with proven leadership capabilities, extremely organized, highly motivated and a detail-directed problem solver. Jim has a proven ability to work in unison with staff, volunteers, and board of directors.
Jim has been recognized for his leadership and accomplishments and is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, Kentucky Christian University, 2004 and the Outstanding Young Men of America Award, 1985. He has served on Mountain Mission School’s Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Advisory Team for Central Appalachia Christian News, and Barter Theater’s Educational Advisory Team.
Jim is also a proficient grant writer resulting in helping receive several grants including funds from The English Foundation and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. His public relations work has allowed him to speak at schools, churches and colleges throughout the United States.
Jim holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees from the University of Virginia and Kentucky Christian University, a Master of Arts from Radford University, and an Education Specialist Degree from Virginia Tech. Jim has also done post graduate studies at Oxford University, Oxford, England. He also holds a Florida Professional Teacher Certification in Business and English, and a Virginia Post Graduate Professional Teacher Certification in English.
Jim lives in Anthony, Florida with Renia, his wife of 34 years. When not working Jim likes to golf, watch movies and enjoy conversation and laughter with friends.