Rev. Dr. Donna Thompson has been pastor of Avent Ferry UMC since 2012.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from UNC Charlotte in Religious Studies, minoring in Journalism, a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University, extensive studio arts courses from UNC Pembroke, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Theology and The Arts.  She is married to Lloyd Thompson.   They have two adult children, and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, and fishing at the outer banks.

Before being appointed as Pastor of Avent Ferry UMC, Dr. Thompson served at the Mount-Zion Walls Chapel UMC Charge, St. Peter UMC, and Solid Rock UMC.  She is the former chair of the NC Conference Rules Committee, and NC Conference Sexual and Professional Ethics Team, and has served on the NC Conference Board of Ordained Ministry for the past 10 years.  Dr. Thompson is passionate about the transforming power of the arts in worship, the life of the church, and the lives of individuals.