The Words of the Thompson Family
Kevin Thompson was born in Jarrow, England, and attended Tyneside Technical School there, where he received a certificate in Shipbuilding Technology. At the age of 21, when he was on his way to Nicaragua to be part of a Communist Revolution he found himself in the United States. He joined the church in San Diego, California in 1979 and was Blessed in marriage at Madison Square Garden on July 1, 1982 to Masako Harada.
Kevin has taught numerous workshops for all ages, including at One Heart Camp for 20 years. He led an Ocean Church Witnessing Team from 1986 to 1992 and worked with the Coast Guard Auxiliary in San Francisco Bay. He is a member of American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). He was elected District Pastor of District 11 in 1992, and re-elected in 2012. A trained coach on marriage assessment and "conscious dating," which is an approach to relationships that seeks to help people find the love of their lives, he now lives in San Leandro, California with his wife and five children.
Question: What are your reflections on the inauguration ceremony?
I appreciate that Reverend Hyung Jin Moon is a deeply religious person who understands the significance of religious ceremonies. At the inauguration, we washed feet, lit candles and said a pledge -- all of which have tremendous meaning. Also, to do this ceremony where we have all sat at the feet of True Parents for so many decades was particularly poignant and added to the ceremonial atmosphere. I could well imagine Father sitting in his chair; observing all that was going on and nodding in approval at the proceedings.
Question: What nicknames did you have growing up, and why?
None unless you count "Kev."
Question: If you had a million dollars, what would you do?
I would sponsor a revival of Ocean Church activities.
Question: What story does your family always tell about you?
How I cried when my mother brought home a sister. I was four-years-old and determined that I would run away from home, went next door where they had a TV, and the neighbors fed me and let me sleep on their sofa.
Question: If you could travel back in time, who would you meet and why?
I would go back to 1940 to meet Winston Churchill. He is my hero who rallied England in its darkest hour.
Question: If you didn't have to sleep what would you do during the time you would normally spend sleeping?
Question: What is an exotic dish that you've never eaten but would like to?
I am not adventurous when it comes to food. I stick to meat and potatoes.
Markus Von Euw