Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson serves as Minister for Racial Justice with Justice and Witness Ministries in the National setting of the United Church of Christ. Before joining the national staff, Karen served in the Florida Conference United Church of Christ as a Pastor and on the Conference staff.
Karen provided leadership in the Florida Conference following the national launching of the Sacred Conversations on Race. Karen is a part of the JWM Cleveland Based Team leading the Sacred Conversation on Race initiative, but will spend a portion of her time working with JWM’s Racial Justice Program at Franklinton Center at Bricks and with public policy staff in the Washington DC Office. Key to her responsibilities is collaboration with other program staff to demonstrate the intersections of racism with other justice issues. She coordinates the development of new resources that will engage the UCC and wider community in the study of racism and other related dynamics. She represents the UCC in all settings, as related to racial justice.
Karen was ordained in 1999 at the General Baptist State Convention in North Carolina and was credentialed through Privilege of Call as a UCC Minister in 2003 by the New York Metropolitan Association. She has a broad range of professional experiences including serving as a local church Pastor, Associate Minister, Director of Christian Education, Director of Family Ministries, an Adjunct Professor and as the Executive Director of two private non-profit organizations. Karen earned a BA from Brooklyn College in New York, a Masters in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC., and a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York.
She is the mother of two sons: Everette, living in Atlanta and Patrick in Miami.