Robert J. Thompson of Pine Bluff is the new District Governor for Rotary International District 6170. Thompson will serve in the position from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, according to a news release.


District 6170 is one of three districts which includes southern and west-central Arkansas.


A member and two-time past president of the West Pine Bluff Rotary Club, Thompson is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a 2017 inductee into the Paul Harris Society. Prior to his District Governor appointment, Thompson served Rotary District 6170 as chairman of the district membership committee and assistant governor.


Thompson is employed in the Title III Department of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he also serves as an adjunct instructor in the humanities department and secretary of the faculty/staff senate.


Additionally, he is an ordained minister with more than 30 years of pastoral ministry. He currently serves as the pastor of the Philadelphia Baptist Church at Menifee.


A native of Coffeyville, Kan., Thompson received an Associate of Arts degree from Coffeyville Community College in 1971, a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Pittsburg State University in 1973, and a Master of Divinity degree with honors from Memphis Theological Seminary in 1991.


He is enrolled in the doctoral program of Trinity Bible College and Theological Seminary pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis in pastoral administration.


Thompson is an Army veteran, having served almost seven years as a field artillery officer. He received a regular Army commission when he graduated from the ROTC program of Pittsburg State, receiving the designation as a Distinguished Military Graduate.


He serves his denomination at the district, state and national association levels. Locally, he is also on the board of directors of the Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare System, the United Way of Southeast Arkansas, and the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library.


Thompson and his wife, Carolyn, have nine children, five of them are adopted.


“I am looking forward to engaging more members of our clubs and communities in the work of Rotary across the globe,” he said. “We must dream big dreams and try to make the next generation of Rotarians better than we are now.”


Details: Rotary6170.org .