Gary Thompson is a retired ordained elder in the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Gary received his undergraduate degree from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and an MRE from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He did additional study at New Orleans Seminary and Memphis Theological Seminary. He earned a DMin in leadership development from Princeton Theological Seminary. Gary enjoys traveling domestically and internationally. He is most proud of his wife, Robin; three children; and seven grandchildren. You can e-mail Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter at @drgaryt, or read his blog at transformativechurch. blogspot.com.