Meet Our Pastor


Yes, it’s true! There is a new Pastor in town. And it’s me – Jacqueline Thompson. Favorite Color: Red. Horoscope: Capricorn. And I love a good cup of coffee in the morning!

I was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in the AME Church where I was baptized as a baby. When I was a senior in high school, I considered a call to ministry and spent a year as a Theology major at the University of Dayton. However, I missed my music, switched my major, and never looked back. I continued my education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and transferred my church membership to Central United Methodist Church.

So, how did I get to Iowa? I came to teach music & dance at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. I moved in on Friday and met my future husband (Ted) the following Monday! He was an UI alum who bled black and gold and so I now root for the Hawkeyes and travel with the Iowa Voyagers.

I opened the Potpourri Fine Arts Academy—which I owned and operated for over 25 years—and I also have worked as a rostered artist with the Iowa Arts Council, Character Counts! Through the Arts!, and CultureAll. Many folks around the state of Iowa know me as a performing artist named ‘Dr. J.’


One Comment on “Meet Our Pastor”

  1. Paul Gibbins says:

    I would like to welcome you to your new ministry. I was told in June that you would be starting July 1. I would welcome your participation in the ISU4U Promise Community Alliance.

    When you have some time available I would gladly stop by to share with you some details about this promise to students of King and Moulton Elementary Schools. Also, there may be some other ISU Extension programming that may be of interest.

    Please suggest some days/times you would be available to meet.

    Paul Gibbins

    Good afternoon ISU4U Promise Community Alliance Members,

    I wanted to share with you some of the take a ways from the meeting held yesterday, June 6th. You will continue to be provided with updates and invitations to attend our meetings. These meetings a meant to be open to all organizations serving the King and Moulton Elementary school areas.

    Save the date:
    2018 Grant Writing Workshop for ISU4U Promise Community Alliance Members
    September 27, all day
    Polk County Extension Office, Altoona
    -Day to be split in half with a formal grant writing training offered by ISU Extension Economic Development staff. The other half of the day in discussion regarding potential ways organizations can partner on a significant grant opportunity. This portion will be lead by ISU Education professor and ISU4U Promise Education professor, Dr. Katherine Bruna.
    More details to come!

    Meeting Location/Time/Day Changes for 2018-19
    It was decided to move the meetings to other sites in the community and to hold them at 9 AM on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be held August 8th at CFUM.

    2018-19 Meeting Schedule: 9 AM– 2nd Wednesday
    CFUM – August 8,
    United Way – September 12
    Iowa State, Ames – October 10
    (Open) – November 14
    Iowa Student Loan – December 12
    Everybody Wins Iowa – January 9, 2019
    (Open) – February 13, 2019
    (Open) – March 13, 2019
    (Open) – April 10, 2019
    (Open) – May 8, 2019
    (Open) – June 12, 2019

    Who is Metropolitan Planning Organization? – organization, MPO, was referenced in the Des Moines Schools presentation prior to our meeting.
    see website:
    General Overview of MPO’s legal authority:

    Since the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962, MPOs have been required by federal law in urbanized areas with a population greater than 50,000 and are supported through federal funds. The Des Moines Area MPO acts as the formal transportation body for the greater Des Moines metropolitan area, carrying out the intent of Title 23 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 450. In 1983, the Governor of Iowa designated the Des Moines Area MPO (then called the Des Moines Area Transportation Planning Committee) as the official MPO for the Des Moines Urbanized Area, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Des Moines Area MPO functions as a Transportation Management Area as well, as it exceeds the population threshold of 200,000 persons established in 23 CFR 450.104. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reviews and certifies the Des Moines Area MPO every four years.

    ISU4U Scholars at ISU this Fall:
    • Discussion around supports for families and role of learning communities
    • Discussion about a possible family visit early in the fall semester after the Promise Scholars start college
    • Promise Scholars attending ISU orientation this June.

    Family visits to ISU
    • 8th grade and parents (Amy to provide dates – times)
    • Polk Extension needs to lead in promotion and transportation to these visits.
    • Sept 26, Oct 25, March date
    • More details to follow

    College Night at Moulton (for both Moulton and King)
    September date to be finalized

    Paul Gibbins | Executive Director
    Iowa State University Extension and Outreach | Polk County
    1625 Adventureland Drive, Suite A | Altoona, Iowa 50009
    515.957.5777 (O) | 515.229.9182 (M)
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