Paul H. Thompson, Jr. was born in 1948 in Sharon, Pennsylvania. He attended and graduated from McPherson College in 1971 with a B.A. in English. In August 1971, he married Marilyn Dyson at Waterloo, Iowa. On January 31, 1978 their first daughter Susannah was born at Omaha, Nebraska. From February 1978 until August 1984, he served Brentford United Church of Christ, Mellette United Methodist Church, and Mansfield Presbyterian Church in South Dakota. During their time there, their second daughter Rebekah was born on August 21 1982 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In August 1984, they moved to Wakarusa, Indiana where Paul served Zion United Church of Christ, Wakarusa and St. John United Church of Christ, Woodland. He served St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown, Illinois from August 1990 until September 2003 when he moved to St. John United Church of Christ, Minier, Illinois from where he retired June, 2014. In retirement, he lives in Red Bud and belongs to Zion United Church of Christ in Waterloo.