Services Pending for M. Randolph Thompson

CALUMET PARK, IL (July 22, 2011) – Services are pending for M. Randolph Thompson, 55, senior pastor of Community Covenant Church. He died Thursday night.

Thompson was born November 14, 1955, in Chicago. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas; a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago; a Master of Theological Studies degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois; and a Doctor Of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago.

“Words cannot adequately express our sense of deep sorrow,” said ECC Executive Vice President Donn Engebretson upon learning the news. “Pastor Thompson was a great leader in the Covenant Church who had a significant impact in many areas of ministry.

“As president of the African American Pastors Association, he gave great leadership not only to the Covenant’s African American community, but also to the growing diversity of the Covenant as a whole. His work with the Central Conference ministerium and his voice in the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence leadership team have broadened ministry and blessed the work of Christ though the Church in profound ways. He was a great colleague, but also a friend, and he will be deeply missed.  We pray for his wife, Barbara, and the many family members and friends of Community Covenant Church as they mourn this great loss.”

Thompson married Barbara Peoples on June 18, 1994. She survives.

In addition to serving at Community Covenant, Thompson was chair of the Central Conference Ministerium and served as the regional coordinator of the Sustaining Pastor Excellence Program for the Central Conference.

Prior to entering ministry, he served in variety of roles in the mental health field, public schools and correctional institutions.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Ebonee M. Thompson and Danielle M. Peoples.

Covenant News Service will publish additional information as it becomes available.

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  1. Barb, Barry and I still are in disbelief. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. I will be thinking of you and will be here for you.

    Kim–VA

  2. To Barbara and family and the Community Covenant Church Family our love and paryers are with you during this time of sadness: From Pastor Winston and Dr Cislin Williams Faith Christian Center ECC Miami and the Pastors and brethen in Jamaica. The blessings of God be with you.

  3. Barbara and the Community Covenant Church. It is with sadness we share in your loss of such a great man of God. We are comforted with the fact that God has provided immediate passage for those who trust Him.

    We here at the Walk of Faith Covenant Church stand strongly with you in prayer and support as you and the church family go through this change and transition. We are here for you in support and prayer. Pastor Darryl R. and Beverly C. Johnson and Walk of Faith Covenant Church – Mound Bayou, MS

  4. To Barbara and the entire Community Covenant Church family, I send you my love and sympathy for your great loss. You will be in my prayers during this time of transition.

  5. It is with deep sorrow that we offer our condolences and prayers to Pastor Thompson’s wife and family. Please be encouraged in knowing that God is your refuge and strength. He is a very present help in time of trouble.(Psalms 46:1) We are in continued prayer for you and your entire family. Pastor Thompson has been a example of love, fortitude and strength in his ministry and outreach. It has been comforting in knowing him as a fellow partner in ministry. We pray that his teachings will continue with both your immediate family and church family. We have this hope that we will see him again; at the “Great Camp Meeting” eternal in the Heavens. Where all tears will be wiped away, no more good-byes, no more pains of this world. We will live forever in the presence of our Maker and Creator, and there we will rejoice as we sit at Jesus’ feet.

    May God continue to comfort, strengthen you through our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ.

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