The Oaklawn Rotary Club is honored to have Robert Thompson serve as a judge for the 2019 Hot Springs Christmas Parade.
Mr. Thompson is the 2019-2020 District Governor for Rotary District 6170. He has served as president of his club two times while he has maintained perfect attendance over the 20 years of his membership. He has also served District 6170 as both a member and chairman of the District Membership Committee, as an Assistant District Governor for many years, and now as the DG for District 6170. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a 2017 inductee into the Paul Harris Society.
Robert stays busy as a bi-vocational Baptist pastor. He is an ordained minister with over 30 years of pastoral ministry. He currently serves as the pastor of the Philadelphia Baptist Church in Menifee, AR. A native of Coffeyville, Kansas, Robert received an Associate of Arts degree from Coffeyville Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Pittsburg State University, and his Master of Divinity degree with honors from Memphis Theological Seminary. Additionally, Robert is enrolled in the doctoral program of Trinity Bible College and Theological Seminary pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis in pastoral administration. He is employed in the Title III Department of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Humanities Department. He is an United States Army veteran, having served almost seven years as a Field Artillery officer. He received a Regular Army commission when he graduated from the ROTC program of Pittsburg State, receiving the designation as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Additionally, he wears many hats as he serves his denomination at the district, state, and national association levels while serving on the board of directors of the Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare System, the United Way of Southeast Arkansas, and the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library.
Robert married the love of his life, Carolyn, in 1971. They have nine children, five of them are adopted. They also have ten grandchildren. They both like fishing, when they can find the time, and Robert loves doing handyman work to relax. He also loves reading and sharing what he learns with others. Teaching has long been his passion, and he loves to serve whenever the opportunity arises.
The motto of “Service above self” fits him well.