Todd Thompson is a writer/teacher/speaker with a passion for creatively communicating God’s truth. He’s fascinated by the paradox that God’s perfect purposes for us are lived and learned in imperfect moments. Taking note of God’s common thread of grace helps connect the seemingly random experiences in our ragged edge lives.
An Iowa farm boy by heritage, Todd earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northwestern College (IA) and a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Leadership Development from Phoenix Seminary. He went to seminary for the purpose of using his degree to minister to people in the workplace. For 16 years post-seminary Todd talked God and theology with people from many walks of life while working with organizations including the University of Phoenix, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, and the Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks Team Shops. He’s also thankful to have served as a part-time teaching pastor for Hope Covenant Church in Chandler, Arizona.
Vocationally, as a Bible teacher Todd pours himself into the future adults at Trinity Christian High School. Believing that being active in the workplace makes him a more effective and relevant teacher, he contracts his services to Bahama Buck’s and Dream Taxi Marketing. He’s also served as adjunct faculty for The King’s University.
Writing, music, reading, photography, and time spent with family are some of what feeds his soul. Every September he subjects himself to another season of futility as a long-suffering fan of the Minnesota Vikings.
After 14 years in the Phoenix valley, he currently resides at Buffalo Springs Lake (Lubbock), Texas.
Todd’s greatest adventure was going from no kids to 2 kids in 23 days.
His greatest challenge is learning to be a better Dad.
His greatest blessing is the daily grace of God in his life.
Why “One Eye Out”?
Whether watching travelers in a busy airport, observing thousands of fans at a concert, a Phoenix Suns game, or listening to the conversations in a small town cafe, people are fascinating. We learn about ourselves when we observe others. Not to mention that our humanity makes for the best material from which to write.
Todd has always had one eye out on the world around him and, well…one eye out. Retinoblastoma at 18 months of age made for a literal lifetime blind spot that is a source of more than a few embarrassing moments and funny stories. Upsides include not having to close one eye when firing a gun or looking through a microscope and his 90-day supply of contact lenses lasts twice as long as yours. Downsides include bumping into doorways, accidentally body checking students into lockers when passing in the hallways, and occasionally hitting himself in the head while closing the door on his truck.
Growing up with it means he never thinks about it (until he hurts himself). He knows a friendship has reached a good place when someone feels comfortable making a one-eye joke.
One eye out to the world and…
One eye out.