In January 1990, Thornhill joined Unity Fellowship of Christ Church on Jefferson Blvd in Los Angeles. He was deeply moved by the affirmation linking Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people in a relationship as children of God with an eternal home in the kingdom. Thornhill began volunteer work with Minority AIDS Project in the Buddy program. Thornhill also founded and volunteered with the Street L.I.F.E. Ministries serving the homeless on the streets of Los Angeles.
Through the teachings of Liberation Theology and the Social Justice work of HIV/AIDS through Minority AIDS Project, they provided fertile ground for Thornhill’s community enlightenment.
Thornhill left a 25-year corporate career to establish grounding in the cause for justice with the African American LGBT community. He began working at Minority AIDS Project in 2000 as Program Coordinator for HIV/AIDS awareness among African American, same-gender loving men, women and people of Trans experiences. His work included community engagement with the Los Angeles County HIV planning councils, Gay men’s support network and a host of other community activist activities.
As the CEO of MAP, his vision is to expand and incorporate additional medical and psychosocial services to support the needs of underserved communities serving people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. MAP will seek to create a poly-functional medical-psychosocial services facility to accommodate the expanded services and personnel, with an emphasis on youth and young adults in community.
Thornhill holds a BA in Liberal Arts with a non-profit concentration and a MA Degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University. Thornhill also holds an MA in Theological Education from Claremont School of Theology.
Thornhill is the proud Gay father of four children and ten grandchildren.