Tom, along with his wife, Carolyn, began Ripple in their home in 2006, moving the church and their home to Allentown in 2009. Tom earned a M.S. in Restorative Practices (IIRP) in 2015, a Certificate in Ministry Studies (2013), and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction (2009) from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He also has a M.Ed. Special Education & Elementary Ed., (1986) from Lehigh University and a B.A. (1984) in Business Administration from Muhlenberg College. Tom was ordained as a Mennonite pastor (Mennonite Church USA) in 2007.
Before pastoring at Ripple, he pastored at Whitehall Mennonite Church. As a pastor, he enjoys pointing people toward the transforming power of Jesus, building restorative communities, prayer walks through the city, exploring Scripture and its relevance for today, and encouraging others to “move closer to Jesus as their center.” Tom recently joined Allentown City Council’s Homelessness Task Force. He is also the Work Training Program Coordinator at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, PA. His hobbies include home repair/restoration, reading, living off-grid in the wilderness, grilling meat, and, more recently, learning to make cheese. He knows a few local places that sell raw milk. Tom and Carolyn have 2 adult children, and have been married for 31 years.