Tom is native to the city of Chicago (the Roseland neighborhood on the South Side) and has a strong passion for wholistic ministry to the needs of urban dwellers. He is gifted, and wired, to be an initiator in creating transformational, Good News communities.
He and his wife, Joanna, have been married over thirty (30) years and have three (3) adult children—all of whom graduated from Jones College Prep in Chicago’s South Loop, where Tom volunteered much time and energy on the Local School Council and Sports Booster Club for nine (9) years. They also have two (2) grandchildren.
Tom thrives in mentoring younger Christian leaders, helping the Body of Christ reach a wider cross-section of people ethnically, economically and generationally, as well as making a positive impact in marginalized and under-reached communities in Chicago. More than achieving merely multi-colored gatherings, he courageously implements strategies toward richer multi-cultural realities in the church.
For over fifteen (15) years, Tom has been actively engaged with the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). One of his favorite verses is Galatians 2:20 – “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (NLT). Tom’s experience and passion is to serve as a catalyst for the ministry of reconciliation—both vertically so people have a peaceful, right relationship with their Sovereign Creator and Redeemer God, and horizontally so people have a peaceful, right relationship with each other.