Floyd Thompkins has over twenty-five years of experience working with youth and young adults. He is married to the Rev. Katherine Thompkins. Rev. Floyd Thompkins was involved with developing and implanting programs for the students of Stanford and Princeton Universities where he served as an Assistant and an Associate Dean. He also established and maintained after school programs in rural South Georgia for several years. Floyd is an ordained minister. He pastured Antioch Baptist Church in San Jose California. While there the church grew from 150 members to over 700 members. He also served as pastor to Jerusalem Baptist Church in Palo Alto, California. As the CEO of the Jack Bower Fund he was the operational leader in field research and the piloting of projects for the Youth Potential curriculum.
Floyd has a gift for reaching out to people of all ages and ethnicities. He is an extraordinary communicator and is particularly skilled at facilitating sensitive real-world subject material, making it fun, meaningful and relevant.
Floyd has authored books and magazines, many focused on encouraging and supporting youth who pursue education. As Associate Dean of Stanford University, Floyd founded a multi-cultural non-denominational evangelical church that provided counseling for students. He also implemented a special freshman support system still being used as a base academic support program today. Floyd and two other students received a Presidential Award for Excellence from President Bill Clinton for a program called Students Offering Alternative Realities (SOAR).
Since relocating to Georgia, Floyd has spent many years coordinating church, business and government funding for children’s programs, staffing, funding and implementing several after school and prevention programs to local communities. The University of Georgia’s Center for Family research recognized Floyd’s multi-faceted talents. He was responsible for implementing the Strong African American Families curriculum for 160 families in rural South Georgia, recruiting, training, delivering and measuring curriculum.
Floyd received his Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological seminary. His honors and awards include The Benjamin E. Mays Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, The Edward G. Howel Preaching Award from Princeton Theological Seminary and the Regional Service Award from the Northern California Kidney Association.
Some of Floyd’s more notable books include: By The Pool of Bethesda, Struggling with God,, Short Stories from the Even Shorter Lives of African American Men and Think on These Things. Currently you can purchase sermons, posters, clothing and books through his website www.bythepoolofbethesda.com Floyd also has a facebook page upon which he updates daily and can be publically viewed.