Marjorie J. Thompson

The Reverend Marjorie J. Thompson brings to her ministry over 25 years of experience in retreat work, teaching, and writing in the area of Christian spiritual formation. For 12 years she served as director of Pathways in Congregational Spirituality with Upper Room Ministries. The author of Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life (Westminster/John Knox Press, 1995/2005) and Family, the Forming Center (Upper Room Books, 1989/1996), she considers writing a central dimension of her calling as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Marjorie has served two congregations in pastoral ministry, and as adjunct faculty for six seminaries. Her educational path includes Swarthmore College, McCormick Theological Seminary, and a research fellowship at Yale Divinity School, where she was deeply influenced by her mentor, the late Henri Nouwen.

In her years with Upper Room Ministries, Marjorie worked closely with all facets of Companions in Christ, an innovative small-group resource series for spiritual formation. Designing the foundational 28-week resource, writing participant books and leader’s guides for various titles in the series, and training Companions trainers, she helped guide and shape this small-group ministry for more than a decade. Currently she works on a freelance basis from home, offering retreats, lectures, and spiritual guidance under the banner of Transforming Practice Ministries. Her most recent book for pastors and other spiritual caregivers is The Gift of Encouragement (Abingdon, 2013). She is currently working on an expanded revision of Soul Feast for its 20th anniversary edition, to be published in 2015.

Marjorie lives in the woods of Kingston Springs, Tennessee, with her husband, John Mogabgab, in a light-filled log home Marjorie helped to design. She enjoys music, poetry, and creative cuisine as time allows.