Rubin Spence Thompson, the youngest and only male of five children accepted the call to preach when he was thirteen years old and has over thirty years experience in ministry inNew York City.
While only a teenager, Rubin was licensed as a Minister and was the founder and president of “Youth for Christ Ministries.” The purpose of this organization was to assist Pastors and their youth outreach programs by networking with other young ministers of the New York Metropolitan area and coordinating crusades and revivals designed to “reach the lost through Pentecost.” Soon after, Elder Thompson became the radio announcer and preacher for the late Pastor J.B. Brown on his Saturday morning broadcast from the New Testament Baptist Church in New York City. It was during one of those broadcasts that Elder Thompson met his “wife for life” Yvonne Thompson, who sang with a visiting choir. They later married when he was just twenty-three and she was only twenty-one. In 2012, Lady Yvonne, as she is affectionately called, was also ordained as an Elder into ministry.
Elder Thompson fell in love with music ministry at a young age, realizing the joy and deliverance that comes through praising and worshipping God. He has directed church choirs, organized praise and worship teams and even began a Children’s Gospel Choir at the school were he formally taught, The Children’s Storefront in NYC. Through directing and leading the Children’s Storefront Gospel Choir, Elder Thompson has had the opportunity to share the Gospel in song on the “Today” Show and “Emeril Live”; and to sing in such prestigious venues such as St. John’s Cathedral, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center and others.
In over thirty years of service, Elder Thompson has worn many hats and fulfilled many leadership roles in ministry. His earliest memories of “real” ministry was watching his mother, the late Evangelist Virginia D. Thompson, make the necessary behind the scenes sacrifices to ensure the effectiveness of the Sunday morning ministry. He takes as much pride in his days of cleaning church bathrooms alongside his mother on Saturday mornings as he does in preaching and teaching the Gospel to a Sunday morning crowd. Elder Thompson’s greatest call to service thus far, has been the appointment of Senior Pastor of the Morning Star Full Gospel Assembly where he has faithfully served his leaders, Bishop Charles H. Harris, Sr., Overseer and Pastor-Emeritus Mother Doris E. Harris.
Pastor Rubin and Lady Yvonne have two beautiful children who are also active in ministry. Olivia and Jordan. Their family is a living example that “those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.” (Psalm 92:13)