Champ Thornton is most centrally a sinner rescued by Jesus Christ and welcomed into God's family. He's also husband to Robben and dad to three wonderfully energetic children. Reared in a Christian family, Champ came to know Christ while attending a retreat during high school.

Before coming to Newark, Delaware, to serve as associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church, Champ lived most of his life in the Carolinas. After seminary, he pastored at Grace Bible Church near Spartanburg, South Carolina.

In addition to pastoral ministry, Champ has also served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, Ohio, and as author of The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith, God’s Love: A Bible Storybook, and Bible curricula for early and upper elementary-aged children.

Champ enjoys hanging out with his family and friends, drinking coffee, listening to music, doing genealogical research, and reading theology, biography, and fiction. Some of his favorite authors include John Piper, D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, Jonathan Edwards, Marilynne Robinson, George Herbert, David McCullough, Alistair MacLean, and C. S. Lewis. He has also been known to cheer for the NY Yankees and Tennessee Volunteers.