Laird CHAP Thompson, M.Div

Chaplain (MAJOR) Ret. U.S. Army 1991-2017
Hospital and Hospice Chaplain

Chaplain (MAJOR) “CHAP” Laird Thompson, U.S. Army Retired 1991-2017 is an Ordained & Endorsed Full Gospel Army and Health Care Chaplain with Chaplaincy Full Gospel Churches and has 28 years of ministry and leadership experience in the U.S. Army and Civilian Ministries. He graduated from Oklahoma State University ROTC program in 1999 with a BA in Psychology Counseling. As a Chaplain Candidate in the Missouri Army National Guard, he earned a Masters of Divinity from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 2007. CHAP has served in Army chapels, civilian churches and ministries: First United Methodist Church of Tulsa, OK, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Evangel Temple Church in Springfield, MO., Harry Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital, and Destiny Point Church in Columbia, MO. Chaplain Thompson has completed Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education, he has the Army Special Skill Identifier R7- Hospital Chaplain, and he has ministered 7 years Clinically in 3 hospitals and 2 hospice companies.   Chaplain Thompson was selected as the 2012 Hospice Health Care Champion by the Springfield Business Journal.

Chaplain Thompson’s wife Emily Crawford-Thompson describes him this way: “Laird is a man after God’s own heart; he provides Biblical Pastoral Counseling that is Solution Focused, and he operates in the Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit to lovingly convey hope, truth and wisdom to help you discover, restore, and empower your true identity. Spending time with Laird will help you have a renewed strength, hope, and inspiration by Godly encouragement. Laird is an exceptionally unique, louder than life visionary, teacher, and leader who you can trust to tell you the absolute bold truth with compassion, confidentiality, genuineness, and delightful humor.” CHAP enjoys fishing with his 2 sons Levi and Isaiah, many outdoor activities, helping people, volunteering and worshiping/serving his LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.

In 1991, Chaplain Thompson enlisted in the United States Army as a Private E-1, Multiple Rocket Launcher Specialist with Basic Combat and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and assignment following in Germany for 3 years. Supply Specialist, Unit Armorer, and Special Duty Chaplain Assistant were jobs he served in. PFC Thompson won the V Corps Artillery Soldier of the Year in 1993.   1994 orders took him to Fort Bliss, TX, where he became a Non-Commissioned Officer. The Army saw the potential in SGT Thompson and awarded him a Green to Gold ROTC Scholarship.   Graduating ROTC OK. ST. U. , he was Commissioned a 2LT in the Quartermaster Corps. LT Thompson earned Honor Graduate of 54 during his Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee, VA and then served 2 years in Seoul Korea as a Platoon Leader 34th Support Group, Future & Current Ops Officer and two Major Positions, S-4 and Wartime Host Nation Support Officer, Concurrently. He left active duty to join the Oregon National Guard as a Multifunctional Logistics Officer Captain in the 141st Support BN and worked as a very successful Salesman for Complete Hardwood Floors in Portland, Oregon, his home town. CHAP pursued his dream to become an Army Chaplain and moved to Springfield, MO. In 2004 with an interstate transfer to the Missouri Army National Guard as a Chaplain Candidate CPT. His assignments in the MO Army National Guard Include 20th/35th Combat Aviation Brigade Chaplain, 1-129th FA BN Chaplain, 935th AVN Support BN Chaplain, 3-135th AVN REGT Chaplain, 1107th TASMG Chaplain, HHD, JFHQ MO, and HHBn 35th ID Chaplain. CH (MAJ)Thompson deployed as TF Thunder’s Chaplain to Kosovo, KFOR 10 in 2008-09 and was hired as the Area Support Chaplain in Kansas City 2009-10.   His awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Lead Cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army and Overseas Service Ribbons (3rd Award), NATO Kosovo Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Oregon Commendation Medal, Oregon State Emergency Duty Ribbon, Missouri Expeditionary Ribbon, Missouri Long Service Ribbon, and Missouri Military Funeral Honors Ribbon.  Contact Laird at laird@columbiapsychology.com, or click below to schedule an appointment.  MORE ABOUT SPIRITUAL CARE AND CHAPLAIN SERVICES