Dr. Bradley C. Thompson was saved at age 9 at the First Southern Baptist Church of San Diego, California. He was called into Gospel ministry at age 17 and later earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Criswell College (1984), an MDIV from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (1988), a PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2001), and an EdD from Columbia University (2014). Before joining the Mid-America faculty and staff in June 1998, he served as a youth minister in a Memphis area church and as executive pastor of three churches, two in Georgia and one in Tennessee.

Dr. Thompson married his childhood sweetheart, Susan Hampton, in 1982. They have four adult children: Nathan, Sarah, Stephen, and Hannah.

Dr. Thompson serves as Executive Vice President; Chief Academic Officer; Dean of The College at Mid-America; Chairman of the Department of Christian Ministries; Professor of Education and Leadership. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, and the Society of Professors of Christian Education and writes on the topics of learning, education, and leadership.

Bradley C. Thompson, DMin, PhD, EdD

Executive Vice President
Dean of The College at Mid-America
Chairman of the Department of Christian Ministries
Professor of Church Ministries


MDiv, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary; PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; EdD, Columbia University.

Teaching Experience

Professor of Christian Education, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary; Adjunct Instructor, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Field Supervisor, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Liberty Baptist University, Reformed Theological Seminary; Speaker, Religious Education Conferences; Speaker, Church Growth Seminars.


PhD dissertation, “An Analysis of Critical Thinking Ability and Learning Styles of Entering Seminary Students;” EdD dissertation, “Translating Theory into Practice: A Study of Collaborative Action Research in Academic Administration;” Contributor to Facts and Trends, Baptist Sunday School Board; various articles for LifeWay Christian Resources.

Field Experience

Associate Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Columbus, GA; Associate Pastor, Bayside Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN; Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, TN; Executive Committee Member, Columbus Baptist Association, GA, and Bledsoe Baptist Association, TN; led mission trips to Eastern Europe and Mexico; taught doctoral seminars and led colloquia in Indonesian Baptist seminaries.


Phi Kappa Delta International; American Association of Christian Counselors; Ministers of Education Growth Association; Southern Baptist Religious Educators Association; North American Professors of Christian Education.


Outstanding Young Men of America, 1996; Who’s Who Among Teachers in America 2004; Phi Delta Kappa International.


England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Austria, Hong Kong, Indonesia.