On May 25, 1933, Henry Roy Thompson was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Henry and Mabel Thompson. On Monday, June 14, 2010, he moved to his permanent residence in Heaven. He fought a good fight, he finished his course, and he kept the faith. He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Faith, three children, eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Dr. Thompson was saved just before his nineteenth birthday at Akron Baptist Temple, and God changed his life. He soon felt God calling him to preach. He went away to Bible college where he took his first pastorate—Nevada Baptist Church in Nevada, Missouri. After completing Bible college, Dr. Thompson felt God’s call to Cleveland, Ohio—called by some the “graveyard of preachers.” In a small living room, the Cleveland Baptist Church opened its doors for the first time in 1958 with eleven people in attendance. Dr. Thompson was the senior pastor for thirty-seven fruitful years.
Under his ministry, tens of thousands were saved, hundreds of preachers and missionaries were trained, scores of churches were birthed, and an untold number of lives were changed. His leadership in the Christian school movement and against abortion will be forever remembered.
In September of 1995, Dr. Thompson turned the reigns of Cleveland Baptist Church over to Dr. Kevin Folger, but his ministry didn’t end there. He continued to preach until he preached his final sermon on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. The life of Dr. Thompson is a testimony to what God can do through one man who is committed to Him.