Judi Thompson, principal and grades K-8 teacher at Prescott Elementary School, received the Commissioned Ministry of Teaching Credential at the Three Angels Church in St. Joseph, Missouri on Sabbath, Sept. 22.

She was surrounded by her daughter, Melissa, church elders and the children of the Three Angels Church as Pastor Andy Arends offered a prayer of dedication.

The Commissioned Ministry of Teaching Credential is the highest recognition given to a church school teacher by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is awarded to teachers with at least six years of experience in and commitment to the Seventh-day Adventist education system, with demonstrated proficiency in assigned responsibilities. Such teachers must also exhibit a keen sense of Christian responsibility for nurturing and leading souls to Christ, for consistently upholding Christ as the focal point of all curriculum and instruction, and for demonstrating positive interpersonal relationships, thus providing an environment of social, spiritual and emotional stability.

Judi has served as a teacher in Alaska, New Zealand and the Iowa-Missouri Conference for a combined total of 12 years.