Pastor Royce F. Thompson, Sr.
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Gary (Chicago)
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Senior Pastor
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New Friendship Baptist Church
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Trinity International University
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Rev. Royce F. Thompson, Sr., was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Gary, IN and is the only child of Freddy B. Ervin and Ethelena. He received his formal education in the Gary Community School Corporation, graduating from Emerson School for the Visual & Performing Arts in 2001. He attended Tennessee State University from 2001 to 2003. Now he is currently at Trinity International University, where he will receive his Bachelors of Arts in Christian Ministries and General Business, continuing on until he receives his doctorate. Pastor Thompson is tremendously blessed to have his loving wife by his side, Tarniesha, and they have been blessed with five beautiful children; Trinity, Royce Jr., Troy, Ryan, and Regan.

Rev. Thompson, under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Cato Brooks, Jr., confessed his faith in Christ, at an early age, which is also where his ministry began. His passion for preaching is evident, as he delivers the word of God, with zeal and power.

Rev. Thompson united with Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church of Gary at early age. Under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Cato Brooks Jr. is where he started his ministry. Rev. Thompson was called to the ministry in October of 2004 and was licensed in June of 2005. In July of 2007, God led Rev. Thompson to join his father-in-law’s church, New Nazareth Baptist Church of Gary. December of the same year, he was ordained and served as the youth pastor until November 2010. In December of the same year, he was called to serve as the Interim Pastor after the late Rev. Dr. Benjamin Holmes. In February of 2011, after much prayer and guidance from the Holy Spirit, the New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church after elected Rev. Thompson as the new pastor.

Rev. Thompson, being one of the youngest pastors in the city, serves as a member of the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Gary and Vicinity, The Northern Indiana Missionary Baptist Educational District Association, The National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., and also a Chaplain for the Gary Police Department.

Under his leadership, in one year alone, the church has shown outstanding growth both in membership and finances. Pastor Thompson continues to be humble, as he serves and loves God’s people with renewed purpose and determination.

Above, all Pastor Thompson is visionary, organizer, and teacher of God's Word. He is dedicated to preaching the gospel, which Jesus and Him crucified, serving the ministry, his congregation, and the community. He is devoted to the ministry, and whatever God has for his life, he is waiting patiently for the Lord’s instructions.
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At 6:07pm on December 14, 2010, Christopher Woods said…

bless you sir... wuts good...

At 10:48am on July 3, 2010, William J. Bass said…
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At 12:32pm on October 9, 2009, Gloria Eldridge said…

“Going Extra Mile Ministries (GEMM)
2000 West 7th Avenue, Gary, Indiana 46404 - 219-882-2311 or 219-902-3989 -

How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel and bring glad tidings of good news! My fellow laborers in the gospel of Christ, we are living in the last days, and they are evil ones. It is critical that we move with urgency, that we compel all that have an ear towards the sound from heaven, “TO GET RIGHT AND PREPARE FOR HOME”.

Through the tragedy that has befallen households worldwide, including the home of Pastor Gloria, (SON LOST THROUGH VIOLENCE) God is calling for us to “To Get Right and Prepare for Home”. By whatever, and through whatever means, we that are called by His name, are to sound the alarm, cry loud, spare not, and warm the people of the danger of not being prepared for the eternal destination, for this is not our home!

If God has put this kingdom message in your spirit, partner with me as we prepare a generation and not fixate on a congregation, so that they can be ready to go home, FOR REAL!!!

Pastor Gloria was licensed in 1995, and ordained as the first female minister in 1998 by her Pastor, Rev. Asher Harris at Great Band MB. Church, Gary, IN. In 1996, Rev. Eldridge stepped out on the ministry vision that God gave her and Sister Sister “Total Body Ministry” was birthed out, and from this ministry a yearly week long “Keeping The Fire Burning” conference is held. In 2008 Bread of Heaven Kingdom Ministries came forth, where the vision is to build the kingdom, “one meal at a time, through lot’s of love all the time”.

Pastor Gloria Eldridge

On August 18, 2009 my son, Lewis Eldridge Jr., (Two Ton) age 32 was shot down by what is known in this world as a drive by shooting. Needless to say that what the enemy meant for evil through this tragedy has led me and my family to “STAND” and believe even the more so, in the ever loving, tender mercies and faithfulness of God, for it is in our weakness that He is made strong. (Eph. 6:14)

This is my walk through the “Valley of Baca”, and God has prepared a “SHOUT” in my spirit man, that I may “raise my voice like a trumpet, cry loud and spare not”, a voice that will "break in like a fire and like a hammer" (Jer. 23:29) After watching my son "die to soon" my call has now been upgraded to go the “extra mile” beyond the pew view, “after a "generation and not a congregation", the “SHOUT” will not fall on deaf ears, as it has been prepared by God, to stir people not just to only "give" but to “live” in such a way that God gets the glory for every story, for only what we do for Christ will last. (Isa. 58:1)

I was told earlier by a friend that I was to preach my son's eulogy, but because of what I saw happen the thought was that I might not be able to relay God’s "Kingdom Message" which must be articulated at all times, because of my inner pain. I was later told by someone attending my son’s services that I had indeed preached his funeral (“for we are living epistels read of men“), when I closed the top of the casket lid, tucked him in and told him to get his rest, for all our changes would come some day, and it is a "change that I believe in". How beautiful are the feet of them that “PREACH” the Gospel and bring glad tidings of things to come! (Rom. 10:14-15)

There is a time and season for everything under the sun, and only God knows the real plans that He has for us, for we are the sheep of His pastures, so, “TEACH” us to number our days so we will apply our hearts unto wisdom. I am committed to go with His flow for I am His "Servant Glo" and His “GLOW” is intended to light up the hearts of men so our Father who is in heaven may be glorified. (Matt. 28:20)

As I closed the lid of the casket, our Father will open up the eyelids, unstop deaf ears, make the dumb to talk, and the lame to leap for joy in their hearts and not in a hearse. He has opened up the flood gates of heaven and His message for me is Loud and it is Clear, STAND, SHOUT, PREACH, TEACH, AND REACH, for “I came that you might have life, and life more abundant“. (Isa. 47:7, 61:1)
At 1:33pm on June 8, 2009, Alex said…
Friend, does your church have an e-mail where I can send my prayer requests to? I really need prayer support right now.
At 8:29pm on February 21, 2009, Sally Williams said…
Hello neighbor, it's good to see Indiana representin on BPN. I will be having a Pastors/Leadership Informative in Gary, IN sometime in March I would love for you and your wife to attend. I'm still working on a meeting room, soon as I get that information I will let you know. God Bless!

At 11:08am on February 6, 2009, Terry W. Brooks said…
What's Good? Everything is Great Man. I was just home to do a leadership workshop & Preaching/Teaching workshop too. Then I preached at Logos on Superbowl Sunday....IT WAS FREEZING!!!!!
At 10:42pm on January 29, 2009, Maurice Culver said…
Hey Royce, just stopping by to see how everything is going with yoou, hope all is well and that the family is doing all right, tell everyone i said hello....ttyl
At 5:20pm on January 10, 2009, Christopher Woods said…
Bishop.. How art thou...
At 9:20am on December 18, 2008, Keith D. Witherspoon said…
Same to you little bro. I coming down Tuesday and probably stay until Friday. Let's get lunch or something
At 3:59pm on October 31, 2008, Pastor A. A. McGhee said…
Doing great. Thanks for asking!

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