Tom grew up in the Chicago area the son of a steel worker and a school teacher. He attended Wabash College in Indiana with a double major in mathematics and economics and went to work for a division of General Motors in Indianapolis as a senior financial analyst. Shortly after graduation, Tom connected with a large singles group. It was through that ministry of East 91st Street Christian Church that he committed his life to Christ. A few years later he felt a call to vocational ministry and went to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School to get his Masters of Divinity. It was during that time he met his future wife, Cami.  

Tom married Cami in 1991, and they have eight children (plus three “in-laws”). At this time, all but one of the kids (and his wife) live in Colorado. Tom has served in vocational ministry since 1990 as a church planter, senior pastor, neighborhood pastor, executive pastor, and community life pastor. His greatest passion in ministry is to see those who dont know Jesus become followers of Jesus. 

He is also the co-founder of the Neighborhood Collective (, a national gathering of like-minded practitioners in the area of loving neighbors. This organization has helped individuals and churches around the country grow in understanding better ways to be Jesus in their neighborhood and fulfill Gods command to love your neighbor as yourself.” 

During their free time, Tom and Cami like to hang out with family, go to movies, enjoy good meals, read, walk, hike, and spend time with neighbors. Their desire is to make the greatest impact possibly on the next generations.