Reverend Wendell L. Thompson, Sr. is a graduate of Lincoln High School, Taylors, South Carolina, with a B. S. Degree from Allen University, Columbia, S. C. and a Master’s Degree from South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S. C.
He has had further studies at the following schools:
- Allen University School of Religion, Columbia, S. C.
- Morris College Extension Program, Greenville, S. C.
- North Carolina A. & T. University, Greensboro, N. C
- The University of South Carolina, Columbia, S. C.
- Furman University, Greenville, S. C.
- Certificate of Theology, Interdenominational Theological Center Seminary, Atlanta Georgia
He is/was affiliated with the following organizations:
- Vice-Moderator of the Seneca River Baptist Association
- Member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
- Member of the South Carolina Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention
- Member and Former Secretary of the Ministerial Alliance of Greer, S. C. and vicinity
- Member of the NEA and the SCEA
- Secretary of the Spartanburg County Baptist Association
- Vice-Moderator of the Spartanburg County Baptist Association
- President of the Ministerial Alliance of Greer, SC
- Moderator of the Spartanburg County Baptist Association
- Instructor, Spartanburg County Congress of Christian Education School of Methods
Reverend Thompson is a member of the Maple Creek Baptist Church, Greer, S. C. He has served in the following capacities:
- Member of the Usher Board; a Sunday School teacher, Assistant Superintendent of the Sunday School, the Trustee Board, and the Board of Deacons.
Reverend Thompson was licensed by the Maple Creek Baptist Church and ordained by the Enoree River Baptist Association in 1981. He served as Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Pauline S. C. for 3 years and Pastor of the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Seneca, S. C. for 5 years and 6 months.
He was a teacher in the Greenville County Public Schools. He served as Principal of the Bryson High School Summer School and the Director YMCA Wilderness Day Camp. Other experiences include a salesman for Grolier Year Book and former football, basketball and baseball coach.
After being called into the ministry, Reverend Thompson gave up his coaching responsibilities. Reverend Thompson is married to the former Lillie A. Foster. They have four children, 1 son-in-law and 1 daughter-in-law.