Reverend Dr. David B. Thornton delivered his first sermon as Transitional Pastor of CN Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 23, 2023.
Most recently, “Pastor T” served as the Transitional Pastor of the Lake View Presbyterian Church of Chicago for 18 months. Serving for over seven years as the installed pastor of Chicago’s Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church is what brought him to the Windy City in November of 2014.
Pastor T has been ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA since 1991. Throughout the years, he has served as a college chaplain, pastored churches in North Carolina, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He has also served as a chaplain intern for 19 month at the Pittsburgh Veterans Administration Medical Center as he secured six credits in Clinical Pastoral Education.
Throughout his career in the PCUSA, Pastor T has been thoroughly involved on all levels of our connectional denomination. In 2022, he served as the Moderator of Chicago Presbytery and participated in the 225th PCUSA General Assembly as a member of the International Relations Committee. This committee was responsible for approving an overture naming the Israeli government because of its discriminatory treatment of the Palestinians. The overture passed by a substantial margin as it was presented and voted for by the entire assembly plenary.
Pastor T is the eldest of four sons born to the late King David Thornton Jr. and the late Mrs. Eva Tymes Thornton. Being the son of an armed serviceman, he grew up at various military bases but spent most of his growing up years in Columbus, Georgia, where he graduated from Spencer High School in 1976.
Pastor T is a 1980 Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he received his B.A. in English. He later completed his Master of Divinity at The Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC in 1991, where he completed all of the requirements to become a Minister of Word and Sacrament for the Presbyterian Church USA in 1991.
Pastor T acquired his Doctorate of Ministry degree in May 2005 from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, NC, where his focus was faith-based congregational organizing in an urban ministry.
Relatively recently divorced, Pastor T was married to the former Annie Rush with whom he remains friends. They are parents to David, II, and an adult son Kelvin Rush, who lives in South Carolina with his wife, Ruthie, and their two sons, Adriel and Jaedon.