Faculty & Staff

John Thompson

  • Associate Dean, School Of Music And Worship Arts
  • Music Department

Contact Info

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John J. Thompson is a 25-year music industry veteran, author, songwriter, artist, producer and teacher who currently serves as associate dean of the Trevecca School of Music and Worship Arts. Originally from the Chicago area, Thompson moved to Nashville in 2007 with his wife, Michelle, and four children, to join the team at Capitol Christian Music Group Publishing where he served as a creative director for nine years. In that capacity, he provided publishing services and guidance for an impressive list of gospel songwriters, including Kirk Franklin, John P. Kee. Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Andrae Crouch, and many others. He also served as music supervisor on several films, including Grace Unplugged (Lionsgate) and Christmas Angel (Pure Flix.) His abiding passions for authentic, spiritually alive art, transformative community, innovative business practices, artisanal living, and home roasted coffee are explored in his book Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate; Crafting a Hand Made Faith in a Mass Market World (Zondervan 2015) and can be found throughout his professional, creative and ministry-oriented career.

Certifications & Memberships

  • Americana Music Association
  • Gospel Music Association
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)
  • Stellar Gospel Awards
  • Society of European State Authors and Composers

    Areas of Expertise/Research Interests

  • Artist Development
  • Gospel Music History
  • Music Industry Trends and Evolution
  • Worship Music


    Jesus, Bread and Chocolate:Crafting a Handmade Faith in a Mass Market World (Zondervan) (author)
    The Worship Together Bible (NIV) (Zondervan) (editor and contributing author of supplemental materials)
    Raised By Wolves; The Story of Christian Rock and Roll (ECW Press) (author)
    More Like The Master (Cornerstone Press) (contributing author)
    ThinkChristian.net (music and film reviews and commentary)
    Christianity Today (freelance contributor)
    CCM Magazine (freelance contributor)
    Relevant Magazine (freelance contributor)
    Illinois Entertainer (freelance contributor)
    Prism Magazine (freelance contributor)
    Release Magazine (freelance contributor)
    Inside Music (freelance contributor)
    Cornerstone Magazine (freelance contributor)
    True Tunes News (editor, publisher, writer)