Gregg and Beverly Thompson, long time members of our church have taken a call for Gregg to be the Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Initiative at Sekolah Pelita Harapa International Christian School in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Gregg has led Christian schools for over 30 years.  “Gregg’s experience as an education leader, his passion for global education and desire to serve others, makes him an ideal contributor to schools and groups pursuing international educational initiatives.” (retrieved from

We wanted to get to know Gregg and Beverly better, so we asked them a few questions.  Let’s see what they have to say.

What book is on your nightstand or by your reading chair right now?

The Christian Life, S. Ferguson; Competing Against Luck, C. Christensen; Jobs to be Done, A. Ulwick; and about three thriller/suspense novels on my Kindle app.  Beverly’s are Aching Joy by Jason Hague and 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs.  Also a fun trilogy on Kindle we’ve been reading together.

Tell us one interesting fact about you.

Beverly and I are new grandparents. Wrenley Elizabeth Stafford was born to Rebekah and Luke in November

Describe an experience you have had on the mission field that has impacted the way you do ministry.

It is my joy to work with SPH’s National admin team as we navigate the intricacies of operations of a system of 5 schools serving about 2200 kids. Being able to speak into Christian schooling from the wealth of experiences God has blessed me with over the years brings tremendous joy to me and prayerfully God honoring value to the schools.

What is your favorite food to eat in the country in which you serve, or your organization ministers to?

Grilled beef satay, light on the sauce.  Beverly’s is still American pizza.  🙂

What are some specific prayer requests you have for your country and ministry work?

  • A Missionary Aviation Fellowship pilot died in a flight carrying supplies to one of the SLH schools in the remote regions of Papua. Pray for her family and the close knit group of missionaries and pilots.
  • Pray that the Lord will draw the hearts of these remote villagers to Himself and bless the missionaries, teachers and health care provider serving there.
  • Pray for discernment for the schools’ leadership teams as we plan for the upcoming school year in the midst of much uncertainty.
  • Pray the visa process will open up in time to allow new expat staff to travel to Jakarta to begin the new year on time.
  • Pray for rich fellowship with our new community and opportunities for ministry and service.