Writer, Speaker, Marketing Consultant, Artist, Stephen Minister, Stephen Leader
Deborah has owned the creative consulting firm of Inspired Designs and Reflections since 1992. She's a regular Contributing Writer and Photographer for Fido Friendly magazine, Crosswalk.com and "The Fish" family of radio station websites around the country. She's been a Stephen Minister since 2008 and a Stephen Leader since 2011.
After the horrific tornado outbreak in her home state of Alabama on April 27, 2011, she recognized the need for Stephen Ministers in the Atlanta area to quickly mobilize themselves to respond to a community crisis or tragedy. So she founded the Atlanta Stephen Ministry networking group, now with nearly 100 member churches all around the metro area. They hold Continuing Education events and an annual meeting with popular speakers such as New York Times bestselling author–Cecil Murphey.
Deborah speaks to both small and large groups at churches, women's groups, networking groups, schools, and Stephen Ministers on various topics covering encouragement, spiritual growth, marriage, family, relationships, suicide, divorce and others.
Speaking Topics Include:
“Peace is a Currency--Spend it Wisely”
“When the Rubber of Faith Meets the Road of Life”
“The Power of ONE Choice”
"Life Beyond--Surviving a Loved One's Suicide"
"25 Secrets of a Happy Marriage"
"Divorce and Faith"
What People are Saying About Deborah
"Deborah has consulted with my company Shore Dreams Vacation Rentals, for over two years. We began our working relationship when I asked her to write a marketing plan for me. The result was more than I was anticipating and has given me a framework to incorporate her creative ideas into a workable plan that I could implement as my budget allowed. She has given Shore Dreams national exposure in both magazines and social media, and has plans for more. We have subsequently doubled the number of properties that we represent and our occupancy has increased by 30%. Deborah is smart, easy to work with, dependable and extremely knowledgeable. She is sensitive to my budget constraints and always comes up with creative solutions to fit my needs. She is multi-talented and Shore Dreams and I have utilized her skills for numerous projects. Whether she is designing, decorating, advertising, managing special events and PR projects, or strategizing and budgeting, she is my “go-to” person for all things creative. She has an honorable work ethic and I highly recommend her for marketing, art/photography, design and writing projects." Renata-Circeo Loudon, Owner/CEO–Shore Dreams Vacation Rentals
"Deborah is an amazingly creative person. She is a talented writer and artist. You only need to spend a few minutes on her superbly done website to experience the depth of her talents. I'm not a regular visitor to many websites, but Deborah's is one that is saved prominently under my Favorites. Whenever I need a bit of inspiration or positive energy, I know exactly where to find it." Becky Short, Project Leader, USA Today
"It was perfect--thank you!” “Real-life experiences were very beneficial!” “Your talk covered a lot of territory plus you gave a chance for us to question--THANK YOU!” “Complete understanding of the subject.” “Excellent.” “The aspect of FEAR addressed very well.” Christ the King Lutheran Church Stephen Ministers
"Deborah goes beyond the call of whatever task is given with real professionalism. She articulates her message in a way that communicates her story to all with passion. Her creative expression always stands out above others.” Theresa Wiggins--National Conference Director--Jennifer Rothschild, Inc.
"Deborah provides concise and clear representations of our everyday situations and conflicts,creating methods for coping and achieving. She brings a keen eye to the role of our spiritual journey in our overall well- being. In a world where anyone might fancy themselves able to inspire with daily devotionals, Deborah goes the extra step to research and develop ideas that gain and influence a much wider audience. She is truly a voice with a vision." Ron Ortiz, Management and Sales Executive
"Thank you for the wonderful session you led on Suicide. You handled a difficult and sensitive subject with such poise and confidence. Your teaching us how to deal with the crisis of suicide from your own personal experience was so helpful and something that will always remain with me." Leslie O'Callaghan--Stephen Minister
"I have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing Deborah for over thirty years; from attending university together at Jacksonville State in Alabama, being down-the-street neighbors in Atlanta to working together on my company's website and marketing plan this past Summer. Over all these years I have trusted her personal and professional ethics and admired her sharp mind. When I needed to update my website for Pilates by Preference I knew that she was the perfect creative talent to turn to for advice and inspiration. As always with Deborah, she did so much more than just help me improve my website design. She also helped me brainstorm ideas on my marketing plan and ways that I could market my business to attract new clients and improve client retention. Deborah helped me gain a clarity in my marketing picture that I hadn't previously experienced and working with her was so enjoyable! Barbara Rossie--Pilates by Preference
"Deborah has an amazing way of touching hearts of people who read her writings. She shines a loving light of understanding onto those words to make them very easy to understand and apply in real life." George Carden, News Anchor, Reporter, Producer–United News and Information
"I've met with Deborah over coffee several times and have always enjoyed her sweet spirit and willingness to help others. Deborah's writing has touched many lives. I'd encourage you to partake of some of her wisdom for daily life." Cheri Miller, Former President, The Board of Georgia Writers, Administrative Specialist V in Interdisciplinary Studies Dept. Kennesaw State University
"It is my great pleasure and honor to write this letter of recommendation on behalf of Deborah Thompson. I have known Deborah on a personal and professional level for the past ten years. As a leader, she is fearless and inspiring by approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new and creative perspective. As a writer, she is inquisitive and clever by creating insightful revelations for her readers. As a person, she sets the standard for having superior character and compassion by investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others. I endorse her with full confidence and enthusiasm." Maria Toth, Consultant–Toth Training and Design
To engage Deborah as a speaker, simply contact her with the date, type of group and desired topic. We can also tailor a presentation targeted to your needs.
Deborah J. Thompson
T 404.310.0009 / F 404.592.1810