Moneka Thompson

Moneka Thompson, MDiv

Rev. Moneka A. Thompson is an ordained minister in the AME Zion (African Methodist Episcopal Zion) Church. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Alabama State University in 1998 and worked with several organizations in Montgomery, AL. Rev. Thompson completed her Master of Science in Justice and Public Safety from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2001 and worked in corrections and re-entry programs in North Carolina.

Rev. Thompson received her Master of Divinity from the Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, North Carolina (2007) and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internship and residency training at Emory University Center for Pastoral Services, Atlanta, Georgia (2007-2008). During her time at Emory, she trained with the Hematology and Oncology patient populations, learning how to offer pastoral support to persons with terminal and debilitating illnesses.

She began her journey with The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medicine in March 2009 as the Oncology Chaplain and became a Board Certified Chaplain in October 2011 with the Association of Professional Chaplains. In 2015, Rev. Thompson became the Staff Chaplain assigned to the Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, where she primarily sees oncology patients. In May of 2019, she was awarded a Medical Excellence Award by UAB Medicine. This award is given to healthcare professionals who embody exemplary core values, service and outstanding care. In December 2019, Re. Thompson completed her Master of Counseling degree at the UAB. She graduated after completing a Counseling Internship with the UAB Community Counseling Clinic, which utilized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Theory to assist clients grappling with traumatic histories, struggling with depression and overwhelmed by anxiety.

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