David M. Thompson, PhD, BD

David Thompson

Title: Emeritus Professor of Modern Church History
Company: University of Cambridge
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom

David M. Thompson, Professor Emeritus of Modern Church History at the University of Cambridge, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history education.

Dr. Thompson’s personal life and professional life have revolved around the church. He is inspired by his desire to see the various churches unite, although he realizes that this could take a long time to achieve, he feels that a greater division may occur if an attempt is not made. In his eyes, religious and political divisions bring along serious consequences, which is why he is particularly proud of his efforts in this area. Dr. Thompson is responsible for introducing World Christianity into the University of Cambridge, his alma mater and employer, and for helping to bring various churches of Christ into union. This was the culmination of 12 years of hard work and persuasion of people who were not always enthusiastic about the idea.

Throughout his career, Dr. Thompson has focused his research on how churches work as institutions. The sociology of church life was considered a fringe subject when he was younger, but his contributions have helped turn it into the more mainstream idea it is now. His findings are have been featured in publications such as “Nonconformity in the Nineteenth Century,” “Let Sects and Parties Fall,” “Baptism, Church and Society in Modern Britain,” “Cambridge Theology in the Nineteenth Century,” and “Religious Life in Mid-19th-Century Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire.” He also used his knowledge to edit “Protestant Nonconformist Texts, IV, The Twentieth Century,” and “Stating the Gospel,” and to serve as the general editor of the European Section of the New Oxford Dictionary of the Church.

Dr. Thompson prepared for his endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cambridge in 1964, where he completed a Master of Arts in 1968 and a PhD in 1969. Returning to his studies with the school several years later, he obtained a Bachelor of Divinity in 1986. He then garnered hands-on experience at the institution as a college history lecturer, a university lecturer, the director of the Center for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies, a reader in modern church history, a professor in modern church history, and the president of Fitzwilliam College. Dr. Thompson currently holds the distinguished title of professor emeritus of modern church history.

On addition to his work at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Thompson was a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, moderator of the general assembly of the United Reformed Church, a moderator of the Disciples of the Ecumenical Consultative Council, and the president of the World Convention of Churches of Christ. He served as the president of the Ecumenical Canon of Ely Cathedral in 2011.

Looking to the future, Dr. Thompson hopes to continue advancing with his research. He attributes his success thus far to his academic ability and sense of humor, as well as his two mentors, Kitson Clark and Owen Chatwig.

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