Tom was raised by Christian parents in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, working and hunting on his family’s farm. He and his two younger sisters were homeschooled, where Tom grew to be self-motivated and developed a love for reading and learning, which led him to study the Bible and accept Christ as his Savior and Lord.
In 2000, he graduated from Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska with a degree in biblical studies. It was there he met and married his wife, Elaine. In 2002, he earned a graduate degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. After graduating, he planted Harvest Community Church in Winsted, Minnesota where he pastored from 2003-2014. While there, he participated in Transforming Ministries, a church-based pastoral-skills training program. He went on to develop a district ordination preparation group for the ordination process of the Evangelical Free Church of America.
From 2004-2010 Tom served as a board member of a non-profit ministry called Vernacular Video Mission, International, which has a ministry philosophy very similar to Makers and Means International. As an active board member, he learned much about board governance, supporting indigenous ministries, and the transitions of a non-profit ministry as it grows.
In 2014 Tom moved his family back to Nebraska to run his family farm, where the Lord led him to plant the Louisville Evangelical Free Church. They began public worship in January of 2016. Tom is intentionally bi-vocational, both farming and pastoring. He assists his wife, Elaine, in educating their seven children at home: Ella, Emmeline, Ezra, Elise, Eliza, Enoch, and Eden. Books, ethnic food, and exploring the outdoors are all high on his and his family’s list of favorite activities.