Free Church Chaplain
- Rev Gail Thompson
- 07368 487263
Founder Gail Thompson is a long-time member and ordained Christian minister of the C.I.C. international (churches in communities) and member of the Centre for World Evangelism and ambassadors College in Croydon.
Although now in her sixties, Gail's background includes 20 years as a professional conductor and saxophonist. As well as conducting her own big band, world tours, solo appearances at the Albert Hall, Barbican, and many more prestigious events and appearances, she played the tenor & baritone sax with luminaries such as Art Blakey, Charlie Watts, the Jazz Warriors, founded and established a music school in Brixton called Musicworks for 3000 students, women in music and founded various jazz festivals through her promotion company: all before the age of thirty. Gail had a promising future in the profession until at the age of only twenty-nine she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. However, this did not dampen her ebullient enthusiasm. She started arranging and scoring music for big bands, and writing scores for many television shows. At the age of forty-three she was called into ministry and studied at Ambassadors and Spurgeon's College. There she obtained her ministerial qualifications, Dip Min, Bachelors Hons and Masters degree in theology and fine arts. She is studying for her PhD in 2019.
The call to serve the community has always been reflected in anything she put her hand to. Gail has established Millennium Community Services for that very reason. Having in the past served as a Governor of St Thomas's and Guy's Hospital, Arts Council of Great Britain and various funding bodies, Lambeth and local Borough councils for many years, she is currently an Ambassador for World Vision's children charity, while running many community projects in Lambeth sheltered housing schemes, disability day care centres, nursery schools reading programs and much much more. Gail is truly an effervescent, tireless committed person that is well equipped to deal with the day-to-day running and fundraising of this new community endeavour. Gail has recently launched the Southwyck Hall Skill Centre/Gallery, on the Southwyck Estate, Brixton, featuring many free accredited courses, including Art, Health & Safety, Wellbeing, Social Care, ESOL etc.