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Thompson Scholars Program

A selective lifelong learning opportunity, the Thompson Scholars program brings pastors and other church leaders with a special interest in evangelism to the seminary campus. The annual intensive study experience focuses on a variety of topics to prepare evangelism leaders for the future. Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins, Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth, serves as director.  

Thompson Scholars 2016 explored the topic, “Can They See Your Church? Evangelism in the Digital Age.” the dates and topic for Thompson Scholars 2017 will be announced in late summer 2016.

Thompson Scholars is generously supported by an endowment in honor of Cecil Thompson, former professor of evangelism at the seminary. The Thompson Scholars program was initiated in 1981. This program includes not only lifelong learning opportunities, but also courses for basic and advanced degree students. Course work focuses on the church’s evangelistic mission in the rapidly changing context of North America and across the globe.

For more information, please contact Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning, at or 404-687-4526.