William D. Thompson

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Born: 11 January 1929

Died: 28 March 2011


William David Thompson (born 1929) became a church musician at 19, directing both church choirs and musical groups at a Christian radio station in Chicago. With income from these ventures and other radio broadcasting jobs—directing “soaps”, script writing and doing sound effects--he worked his way through eight years of college, seminary and graduate school. After three years teaching at Wheaton College (IL) and four at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, he earned a Ph.D. in speech communication at Northwestern University and moved to Philadelphia in 1962 as professor of preaching and worship at The Eastern Baptist Seminary (now Palmer Seminary) where he also conducted the Seminary Singers. He concluded his pastoral ministry at the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia. After retirement, inspired by two of First Baptist’s ministers of music, Earl Ness and Jon Spong who taught at Curtis and later mentored him in composition, he began writing sacred choral music. He has also written several books, the most recent, On-the-Job Prayers (2006).

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