Bishop Chester Thompson, AM&N alumnus and senior pastor of the Zion Hill Baptist Church at Camden, will be the convocation speaker at 3 p.m. Sunday during the 139th Founders' Day Celebration at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Bishop Chester Thompson, AM&N alumnus and senior pastor of the Zion Hill Baptist Church at Camden, will be the convocation speaker at 3 p.m. Sunday during the 139th Founders’ Day Celebration at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The event will be held in the John McLinn Ross theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center and is open to the public. The theme is “Planting Seeds for the Next Generation: Imperatives for UAPB.”

Thompson is the founder and presiding bishop of Agape Christian Fellowship, which is comprised of churches in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Born and reared in Hampton, Thompson received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from AM&N College, a master’s degree in religious education from Andersonville Theological Seminary and an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Arkansas Baptist College.

Founder and president of the John Kelly Edwards Bible Institute in Hampton, he also serves as the Arkansas State Moderator of the State Coordinating Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and is a member of the National Coordinating Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

The first African American elected moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas, he has held positions in the Bradley and Ouachita District Associations, the Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention of Arkansas, as well as the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Southern District of Arkansas.

He served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate in the 13th Judicial District of Arkansas and recently was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to the Arkansas Criminal Detention Facilities Review Board.