B.A., Duquesne University, M.A.R., Yale Divinity School, Ph.D., Yale University


Andrew Thompson is the associate professor of theological ethics and director of the Center for Religion and Environment at Sewanee. Thompson earned his Ph.D. in Religion from Yale University, and his M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School. He also holds a B.A. in Music Performance from Duquesne University. Prior to coming to Sewanee, he served as an Episcopal missionary in El Salvador, where, with his wife, the Rev. Leigh Preston, he helped establish a school and rural mission.

Research Interests
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Post Colonial/Antiracist Ethics and Theologies
  • Feminist and Womanist Ethics
  • Social Ethics and Community Organizing
  • Liberation Theologies


Dr. Thompson's most recent book, Reconsider the Lilies: Challenging Christian Environmentalism’s Colonial Legacy, addresses whiteness in Christian environmentalism, and was published by Fortress Press in June 2023. His first book, All My Holy Mountain: A Christian Ethical Response to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, was published in the fall of 2015 by University Press of Kentucky. He has also written on mission and on religion and place, and has taught ethics, philosophy, and world religions.

Parish/Pastoral Ministry

Director of Youth Ministry, St. John's Episcopal Church, Ellicott City, Maryland (one year)

Lay Minister/Community Organizer, Iglesia San Miguel Arcangel/Misión San Estéban Martir, El Salvador (one year)

Volunteer Music Minister, St. James Episcopal Church/Iglesia Episcopal de St. James, Hartford, Connecticut (three years)

Volunteer Youth Leader, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virignia (two years)

Creation Care Committee Member/Adult Education, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee (two years)