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ThompsonCleveland A. Thompson was born on July 7, 1958 in Liberty Mississippi to the late David L. Thompson Sr. and Vivian N. Thompson. His personal walk with Christ began at age 10 at the Liberty Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. William H. Tobias. Cleveland honorably served twenty four years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2001 at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. At age 20, he united in holy matrimony with the former Bernice Bates and their union has blessed them with four children, Duriel, Shawndell, Dana and Jacey.

Cleveland was ordained as Deacon on April 12, 1987 at the Traditional Gospel Church, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, by Rev. Dr. Alexander Tate. Deacon Thompson was licensed in the Gospel Ministry May 23rd 1993 at The Greater Strangers Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth Texas, under the leadership of Pastor R. E. West. Reverend Thompson united with Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in 1994 and was appointed as First Assistant to the Pastor in July of 1999, to which he was ordained and commissioned on October 24th 1999.

The Reverend Cleveland A. Thompson with Lady Bernice Thompson.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up … A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10, 12 ESV



Reverend Cleveland Thompson was called to the pastorate by the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church congregation on October 30th 2006 and preached his first sermon as the Senior Pastor Sunday, November 5th 2006 at the 10 am worship hour.

Pastor Cleveland Thompson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix in 1998 and in May 2009 earned a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Ministry from the New Geneva Theological Seminary of Colorado Springs.

Pastor Thompson is affiliated with the following professional organizations:

The National Baptist Convention, USA Inc
The Western States Convention of Colorado and Wyoming
The Western States Congress of Christian Education
The Southern District Association
The Southern Colorado Ministerial Union (SCMU)
The Hampton University Minister’s Conference
Kingdom Builders Global Fellowship

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Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church is one of the most Influential churches in Colorado Springs. Emmanuel's vision encompasses a progressive and wide-ranging doctrine, stressing spiritual and personal growth, arts and humanities, and compassionate community outreach. Under the leadership of the church's Senior Pastor, The Reverend Cleveland A. Thompson, Emmanuel has evolved into the model of progressive thinking within the traditional African American Baptist church.

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