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.’


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