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HCR047: A Veteran Pastor Looks Back

Howard Thompson

Pastor Howard Thompson is retiring from Burlington Assembly in Burlington, NC in January, 2014, after more than 42 years as the senior pastor. In this interview, Pastor Thompson shares about his calling (at the age of 17), his first pastorate (at the age of 18), and the joys and challenges of more than 50 years of ministry. He is a rare pastor, by today’s standards, because he has stayed in the same place for many years. He shares some of the blessings that come with long-term church ministry. Pastor Thompson gives advice to young pastors, and he closes the podcast with a story of how God got his attention when he was a young man himself.

Howard Thompson has been married to Marilyn for 53 years, and they have four children and eleven grandchildren. Pastor Thompson was instrumental in starting the Greater Piedmont Teen Challenge, the Christian Counseling Center, the Assembly Oaks Retirement Community, and Burlington Christian Academy. For over three decades he served as Chairman of the Burlington Christian Academy School Board. Howard has been involved in seven different successful building programs for the growing ministry of Burlington Assembly of God. If you would like to contact Howard Thompson to invite him to speak or to ask him about ministry, you can email the church at

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4 thoughts on “HCR047: A Veteran Pastor Looks Back

  1. Sara Swails says:

    Thank you, Pastor Mark. What a great paper article and raido interview. I have been going to Pastor Thompson’s church about as long as he has been in
    Burlington. Thank you for these tributes to him he will be missed so much. Also I am a faithful reader of your column in Saturday’s paper. Thank ;you for all that you do.
    Sara Swails

    • Mark Fox says:

      Thank you, Sara! I hope I can see you at the celebration banquet on Saturday.

  2. donkimrey says:

    Good for him! Good for you! Mark, my Mother really, really loved you. Merry Christmas. don kimrey

    • jmarkfox says:

      Merry Christmas to you too, Don!

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