My name is Aaron Thompson, and I reside in the small, rural Midwest town of Freeman, SD with my wife Jennifer, daughter Emily, and sons Sam & Levi. We gather and serve at Calvary Reformed Church in the town of Monroe, where I serve as both an elder and intern pastor. I also work as a school business manager in a nearby public school district. As you can imagine, working full time, along with church ministry, studying for seminary, and raising a family has kept me quite busy for the past three years.
My life as a true believer began around 2001, when I heard the gospel presented clearly, and the Holy Spirit convicted me of my utter need for a savior. Before then, I had gone to church as a child, but had never known if any of this religion was real. After being saved, I quickly became focused on studying God’s Word deeply, listening to sermons, and attending Sunday School classes or Bible studies. I wanted to know as much as I could about God and his true nature. After some time, I realized that I enjoyed and was gifted in teaching the Bible to others.
In 2012, our family went through an extremely difficult time, as our four-year old son, Isaac, had been diagnosed with a rare and deadly form of leukemia. His cancer, along with pneumonia and the chemo drugs, was extremely hard on his body, as he only spent about two months in the hospital before being taken home to the Lord on March 2nd of that year. This was obviously a painful experience for our family, but we were able to heal, as we relied on God’s strength and had the support of a few helpful friends. Our trials brought us closer together as a family and made us more focused on eternity.
I gradually started to feel that I wanted to serve more in the ministry, and considered the option of taking seminary classes. Realizing my giftedness in teaching, along with coming to understand God’s comfort for hurting people, my wife and I spoke with our pastor about this desire. He encouraged me in this endeavor, and let me know that he would support me in whatever way he could. My wife and I were looking for some good options and discovered Reformed Baptist Seminary.
Pursuing my seminary degree through RBS has been an amazing experience. As it seems that many seminaries throughout the country have begun to sway toward a more liberal agenda, I have been very comfortable with the staff, lecturers, and books that I have read in my MTS program. It is obvious that Reformed, biblical doctrine is highly valued here at RBS. I am also grateful that I can pursue a solid seminary degree from the convenience of my home, along with having my pastor as my seminary mentor. Attending classes at a normal brick-and-mortar seminary was never really an option, as I feel that would have taken too much time away from my responsibilities as a faithful husband and father (and I’m not sure that I would have found a good, affordable seminary anywhere nearby!).
I would like to thank all the staff at RBS for their dedication to accurately teach God’s Word. Thank you Dr. Gonzales for your instruction and guidance in this program. I have greatly benefited from many of the preaching classes, the ministerial and pastoral practicums, and other classes on ministry and doctrine. And I will never forget the Doctrine of God module I attended in Conway, AR in June of 2017. It was wonderful to meet some great guys like Paul and Trey, as well as the hosts from Grace Bible Church, especially Pastor Danny (thanks for showing us around Conway, and providing a great little house to stay in!). It was also a privilege to meet Pastor Greg Nichols, and to listen to his teaching and his humorous stories.
At this point in my Christian walk, I will continue to serve the wonderful people of our church while I am here, but I am also looking to serve as a full-time pastor in the near future. I know that God has been leading me throughout my life, and I will continue to look to him and rely on his provision, no matter what happens in the future. I close now with a word from the Apostle Paul, reminding us of our focus through our studies and ministry endeavors: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:16 – 17).
Soli Deo Gloria,