Joel and Mary Thompson
Joel and Mary are happy to be serving as deacons, focusing on Roosevelt Community Church's Mercy Ministry.
Joel is a social worker at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, where he helps homeless veterans obtain and maintain stable housing. He also provides trauma therapy for veterans suffering with PTSD.
Mary is a communications manager at St. Vincent de Paul, where she manages the nonprofit's public relations and strategic communications.
Mary was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and immigrated to the United States when she was nine years old. Joel was born and raised in Phoenix. They met while serving as summer staff at a Young Life camp in northern California.
They reside in the Grant Park neighborhood. In their spare time, they can be found gardening with their neighbors at the Grant Park Community Garden.