Central America/Caribbean Region
Brad and Regina Thompson have been UPCI missionaries in Guatemala for the past 34 years. Brad is the General Director of one of the largest Bible Colleges in the UPCI, with over 500 students enrolled yearly in the 28 Bible school programs throughout Guatemala.
His passion is to train and equip men and women for effective ministry, and to make training available to as many people as possible. With a team of 124 GATS trained teachers, they are taking ministerial training into every region of the nation. His motto is ‘if the student cannot come to the Bible school, then we will take the Bible school to the student’. This concept has been very effective in producing ministers, training leaders, and providing stability to the UPC of Guatemala. It is evidenced in 250 established churches, 186 daughter works, 301 licensed ministers, and over 22,000 in attendance in their churches on a weekly basis. As a direct result of the training efforts, they are averaging monthly one new church established and 2 new ministers receiving license.
Brad has served as Regional GATS Representative for Central America and the Caribbean for over ten years, during which time they have held annual Faculty Development seminars in many of the nations and witnessed exponential growth and development in the Bible Schools.
In 2017 he was appointed as the Assistant GATS Coordinator globally. It is his vision to continue to develop and expand the GATS program, have annual faculty training seminars in every GATS nation and to facilitate the sending forth of equipped laborers to once again ‘turn the world upside down’ with the full gospel.