Meet the Thompsons!
Jim and Susan Thompson are a couple of our “Pandemic Partners.” They joined us officially in the early summer of 2020, but their history with Southside started many years ago. Their son Spencer attended and played football at TCU. He was one of the first “Frogs for Christ” at Southside. Jim and Susan would attend when they were in town for football games and they immediately felt at home. In fact, Susan said they fell in love with Southside the first Sunday they were here. They were struck by the care that Spencer was receiving as a college student, especially from Jim and Jane Anthony, who were his “adoptive parents.” And Southside became Jim and Susan’s “adoptive church” in Fort Worth. In fact, they began attending short-term mission trips with Southside 15 years ago. I personally remember Susan making sure everyone stay hydrated and healthy as we worked in the heat constructing church buildings in Monterrey, Mexico. So, when they moved to Cleburne in April of 2020, Jim says, it was natural to become join this congregation—because in many ways they had been partnering with us for years already.
Jim and Susan took no time getting involved in ministry at Southside. Susan has volunteered in Children’s ministry. Jim, who served as an elder for 25 years at their church in Plainview, has taught adult Bible classes and, with Susan, is leading an equipping class on Wednesday nights. Both Jim and Susan are passionate about personal evangelism. Jim said it well: “My passion is sharing the gospel one-on-one with someone or a couple. It is so wonderful to see the excitement and joy of someone who has just put Christ on in baptism. I also enjoy equipping others with the skills of how to conduct a personal Bible study (2 Timothy 2:2). I like being part of the Great Commission to the glory of God. The power is in the gospel (Romans 1:16). I am just a tour guide to show someone the way to Christ.” Susan often supports this ministry by encouraging couples and even playing with children as their parents focus on the spiritual conversations. They recognize that there are many of us that want to join God in making disciples, but just aren’t equipped with how to do it. God is using Jim and Susan to equip our church to carry out Christ’s mission. They are quick to point out that any good that comes from them or their ministry is because of the goodness of God.
In addition to engagement in ministry and evangelism, Jim and Susan love spending time with their kids and five grandkids. They also both enjoy working with wood. Susan enjoys turning wood on her lathe, in addition to quilting and welcoming people in her home. Jim builds outdoor glider rockers (they are amazing!) and sells them at Canton and other markets.
Jim and Susan are easy to get to know and love and they really do desire to help equip us to share the gospel. They plan to start another round of their Personal Evangelism class in March for those that are interested. Thank you Jim and Susan for sharing your gift with us and thank you God for working mightily through the Thompsons!