About Our Visionaries
Pastor Brian A. Thompson
Who would have thought me, Brian A Thompson who has Aspergers, would make history being the first African American to design a US bank note. Designing the hundred dollar bill, beside having my 5 kids, was the most amazing accomplishment that I could have ever done. Setting my career as an Artist, was the path that God had sent for me. At a young age, I learned how to draw with the help of my aunts and my middle school teacher. They allowed me to express in detail my creative thoughts on the back of my schoolwork, as long as I got my schoolwork completed. My creative ability allowed me to be a graduate from the University of District of Columbia with an Associate Degree in advertising design. I worked as a Journeyman Banknote Designer at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for 31 years. In 2013, I made history by being the designer of the new $100 bank note. My historic milestones were featured in articles such as The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Esquire Magazine, and the Tom Joyner morning show. None of these accomplishments could have been done without God being the head of my life. Knowing that God has been guiding me on my path my entire life, he led me to a well-known donut shop after work, where I met my soulmate Pamela. Realizing that life is not promised and getting the guidance from God I married my soulmate in 2013. Our journey together lead us to become instrumental figures to our youth department, while serving as Youth Minister, then as an Associate Pastor at Gethsemane United Methodist Church. God has now led our paths of ministry, to reach out to our community. Our ministry, Easel Outreach will reach creatives in order to “let your creative works speak for you.”
Pastor Pamela Wright Thompson
As I look back over my life, I would have never thought I would be as blessed as I am. Being adopted at just five days old was the start of my blessings. My adoptive parents were foster parents, as they tell me I was the chosen one. My life growing up, in a Christian home was amazing. I loved playing outside and having fun with my friends. My friends say my laugh was and still is enchanting, and it will continue to make smiles on people faces. Even at a young age, my friends would say that I am trustworthy, sweet, honest, ambitious, zealous, helpful, and a logical person. Not really knowing what any of those adjectives meant, including to be a Christian until the age of 13, after being baptized. While understanding and learning, that I can do all things in Christ that strengthens me. I have always had the love of helping people, spiritually, mentally and physically. This is what led to starting my career as a Registered Medical Assistant in 2003. Working in this medical field has been nothing but rewarding. Then in 2012, I met Brian, “My Breath of Fresh Air”. Meeting Brian, a Pastor, was a change of direction for my life, being a single mom. His plan with the help of God, led me down the path of marriage in 2013. Bringing our family of 8 together in a Christian home has led to us wanting and praying for our hearts biggest desire to plant our Ministry of Help, Easel Outreach right here in our local area. Our ministry and mission, with God’s help and direction, will continue to show and plant the love of God in everyone’s mind, body, heart, and soul.