A Gulfport clergyman is unwavering in his mission to empower the surrounding communities of his church. The area his church is located in is one of the lowest concentrations of black churches in Gulfport. He says he and his church plan to do all they can for that area.
Bishop Anthony Thompson is a community developer whose main concern for the black communities of Gulfport, Mississippi is financial literacy and life skills. “Churches in tend to be, in this area, more In-Reach than Outreach.” He went on to explain that many times we make the mistake of soliciting rather than evangelizing. “We go out there with our singing and our dancing rather than our witnessing and that’s why black churches are failing. We’re enticing them to come and see a show and a show is only going to last so long.”
Anthony Thompson was born to the late Deacon L.V. Thompson and Sister Irdean Thompson-Smith of Forrest Height Missionary Baptist Church. Shortly after graduating from Harrison Central High School, he joined the United States Army and in 1995, he accepted God’s call to the Gospel Ministry. Although Bishop Thompson is the pastor of Tabernacle of Faith, he mentors and guides two pastors (one of which with an active congregation). He is also the founder of Kingdom Innovative Community Development Corporations.