Jennifer Thompson Named Advancement VP

February 24, 2020

Jennifer Thompson is named vice president of advancement, responsible for all Lancaster Theological Seminary fundraising efforts including The Way Forward, the graduate school’s current $9 million capital campaign. Thompson will join Lancaster Seminary in mid-March from Power Packs Project, a school food-distribution program in Central Pennsylvania, where she was executive director for nearly two years.

President Carol E. Lytch said, “Jennifer Thompson is a successful fundraising professional with management experience in the nonprofit sector who knows the Lancaster area well. We are delighted that she has joined our team to lead our fundraising and oversee alumni/ae, church, and community relations, and the Seminary’s interface with the public.”

Thompson previously owned and operated ForknSpoon Café in Lancaster, served as interim vice president for advancement at St. Joseph Medical Center in Maryland, and was president and CEO of St. Joseph Health Ministries Foundation in Lancaster. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, N.C., and a Master of Science in Education from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C.

Thompson and her wife, Beth, a second-year Seminary student, reside in Willow Street.

Lancaster Seminary, founded in 1825, is a leader in theological education known for embracing ecumenism, diversity and inclusion. Lancaster Seminary currently has 110 students representing more than 20 different faith traditions.