Tom has presented as an elder candidate.
Over these next thirty days, we encourage you to pray for this candidate, connect with him and address and resolve any personal, spiritual or relational issues that would disqualify him from serving as an elder.
On August 2, 2020, we will ask you to express your affirmation of this candidate in our weekend services.
"I was born and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin. After my senior year of high school, my Dad was transferred to Ohio where I earned my undergraduate degree in Finance.
To help pay for my education, I worked as an hourly employee for what became the Georgia- Pacific Corporation. Upon graduation, I was given an opportunity to join the salaried management of the Corporation. I relocated many times and earned my MBA while working in New Jersey.
In 2009 I retired from GP after rising to the executive manufacturing management ranks and joined my wife Gloria in our in-home care company that she started, Nightingales Nursing & Attendants.
Before 2004, my spiritual background was formed in the Methodist church. I attended Sunday school, ushered and attended service most Sundays. I was doing religion, but it wasn’t enough. I knew something was missing. From 2004-2009, we attended a non-denominational Bible-based church. The word became alive and I began to learn about Jesus. Having bought a house here in Myrtle Beach in 2009, we spent the next year looking for our church home. We kept coming back to Beach Church and shortly thereafter became partners.
If asked about my spiritual gifts, I’d list leadership, teaching and encouraging. I’ve been in leadership roles most of my adult life. Both formal and informal, in business, in sports and in civic groups. To be a good leader, I believe you must be a good follower. It takes courage to be a follower and now I’m being led by the Holy Spirit to follow Jesus Christ. In addition to being on the Deacon team, I’ve had the opportunity to lead and teach small groups, including the “boot camp course” with the Men of God life group. Also I have the honor of co-leading the “hour of power” prayer group with my wife Gloria.
I believe spiritual growth has to be “intentional”. Relationships are developed by spending time with that person. I believe the same is true if pursuing a relationship with Jesus. Our mornings, first thing, are spent in the Word and in prayer. Prayer is an important part of our family life as are the daily devotionals we send our children and grandchildren.
Beach Church is not just a building. We’re a community of like-minded people who desire to worship, fellowship and minister to not only each other, but the community as well.
My desire is for each of us to feel the love of Jesus Christ so we can disciple lost souls into His kingdom."